Knowsley Agricultural Area Water Investigation

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Project overview

The Knowsley Agricultural Area is a parcel of unallocated crown land on the outskirts of Derby that provides the potential for future irrigation and intensive cropping. This project will identify water supply options and identify suitable land parcels within a 5000 hectare envelope for irrigated development.

Irrigated farming, including high value horticulture, will provide significant potential as a new industry opportunity for Derby and the West Kimberley region. Further dry season irrigation is dependent on defining a sustainable water supply and achieving approvals, including Native Title.

This project aims to define sustainable water supply options in the shallow and deep aquifers and evaluate the potential to source water from the May-Meda Rivers alluvium to the east of Derby and from the lower Fitzroy River alluvium to the south.