Beef producer Stanbroke proposes $200m cotton farm

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The Queensland Government has welcomed Stanbroke’s $200 million Gulf irrigation project. The cattle producer wants to grow irrigated cotton in the north of Queensland so that it can export the cotton and use the by-product seed as a protein source for its herd during dry season.

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Around 100 construction jobs will be generated over the three years of construction and 75 operational jobs at peak production at the cotton farm in the remote Gulf country.

Stanbroke’s proposed Three Rivers Irrigation Project in North Queensland is for a cotton farm and processing ginnery, worker accommodation, an airstrip, an off-stream 150,000 ML water storage area, pump stations, water transfer channels and, potentially, a diversion structure or weir.

State Development Minister Dr Anthony Lynham announced that the proposed project has been declared a coordinated project by the State’s independent Coordinator-General. The declaration recognises that the proposal requires a rigorous and comprehensive environmental impact assessment, involving whole-of-government coordination.

“It’s great to see a Queensland pastoral icon like Stanbroke continuing to invest and grow jobs in the North. The Palaszczuk Government is committed and supporting and facilitating initiatives by the private sector to develop appropriate water and land resources in North Queensland on a sustainable basis,” said Dr Lynham.