Water for Food

The Water for Food initiative is a $127.5 million Royalties for Regions funded state government program being led by the Department of Water. It will boost regional Western Australian communities by developing and diversifying the agriculture and food sectors. The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is working with Water for Food partners to assess agricultural land and water resources suitable for irrigation development.

What is Water for Food?

Water for Food aims to identify new water and land resources and irrigation technologies to enable development of new irrigation areas and increase the size and water efficiency of existing irrigation districts.

The Water for Food program extends from the Kimberley Region to the Great Southern.

DAFWA's role in Water for Food

DAFWA is contributing to 6 Water for Food projects, ranging from the Bonaparte Plains, north of Kununurra, to the Southern Forests region on the south coast. We are conducting detailed assessments of agricultural land and water resources to support development on many of the Water for Food activity areas. On different sites, our role includes:

  • assisting in designing and interpreting airborne geophysics
  • conducting soil and water analyses
  • assessing land capability of development areas
  • supporting the Department of Water to design and implement groundwater investigations
  • assessing agricultural options to develop identified areas
  • liaising with agricultural industries and growers
  • supporting government to develop expressions of interest for new developments.

Contact information

Jamie Bowyer
+61 (0)8 9368 3135
Page last updated: Wednesday, 31 May 2017 - 12:29pm