La Grange Agriculture Opportunities Results

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Four years of research by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has laid the foundation for growth of new irrigated industries and development in the La Grange area, south of Broome.

The La Grange Agriculture Opportunities project has identified over 50 000 hectares (ha) which is potentially suitable for irrigation development.


The project has provided the foundation to support sustainable agricultural development which will generate business growth and employment opportunities for northern communities. 

The project has demonstrated that land and water development can work side-by-side with natural resource and cultural management, Indigenous protected areas and the pastoral industry.

The La Grange Agriculture Project has identified suitable land for development, possible future scenarios based on the water allocation of 50 gigalitres, and base costs and market potential for future agriculture in the region. The project has fostered strong relationships between key stakeholders including the traditional landowners from Yawuru, Nyangumarta and Karajarri country, pastoralists, horticulturalists and government agencies.

Stakeholders have collaborated to develop a shared vision for the future of agricultural development within La Grange.

Two of the three traditional owner groups are now planning to include irrigated agriculture in their pastoral operations, and several other landowners are either expanding or submitting new proposals for development.

The project also included market analysis and economic research to provide guidance on development costs and potential new markets and supply chains.

The La Grange project is part of the Regional Economic Development Water Opportunities Project led by the Department of Agriculture and Food and made possible by Royalties for Regions.

The outcomes of the La Grange project will be used by the Water for Food project.

For detailed outcomes on the La Grange Project please refer to the the reports on the right hand side of the page: La Grange Groundwater Assessment Technical Summary; La Grange Ground Water Assessment Fact Sheet; La Grange Soil Fact Sheet; La Grange Regional Vision, La Grange Preferred Area, Developing the North and the the La Grange interactive online map.