Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development and Lands Brendon Grylls
Exploring Further Growth In The Ord
Victor P Taffa
- Study into potential new agricultural zone in the East Kimberley
- Project funded through Royalties for Regions
Further development of agriculture in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) will be investigated in a $1.3 Million State Government project, funded through Royalties for Regions.
Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman said a study of land and water resources would provide detailed analysis of areas which could support irrigated production.
The project builds on a Department of Agriculture and Food survey in 2010 which identified large tracts of productive red sandy soils, known locally as Cockatoo sands, within 100 km of Kununurra.
“We know where the sandy soils are, but now need to investigate if they are well drained and how they might respond when irrigated.” Mr. Redman said.
“The new work will examine up to 6,000 ha of Cockatoo sands just north and east of Kununurra. The work will ensure the Ord expansion continues in a sustainable manner and in co-operation with local stakeholders, the Miriuwung and Gajerrong Traditional Owners.”
The Department of Agriculture and Food project will carry out detailed field surveys of the soils, and ground and surface water, to support the development process.
Regional Development and Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said expressions of interest in the latest Ord land release had attracted strong interest.
“In fact we have local, national and international parties looking to develop land for a variety of crops.” Mr. Grylls said.
“This project is another step in the development of the Ord region as a vital food producer for the State.”
- ORIA currently encompasses 14,000 ha
- A further 15,000 ha is targeted for expansion under Ord Stage 2