The Hughenden Irrigation Project is seeking to improve the sustainability in the Flinders region. Like many other parts of rural and regional Australia, North West of Queensland has suffered through years of extreme weather events, declining populations, and loss of services.

The Hughenden Irrigation Project is currently assessing the financial viability of building an off-stream storage dam (190GL) on Saego Station, 45km north-west of Hughenden, to support 7,500 ha of new irrigation enterprises consisting of high value horticulture crops and livestock feed crops for the local grazing industry. The project is of strategic importance for the region and aligns very well with the strategic direction of Regional Development Australia to enhance growth and development of Australia’s regions.

Preliminary Business Case

A Preliminary Business Case was completed in February 2020 and submitted to the Hon Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister and the Hon Dr Anthony Lynham MP, Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

In May 2020, The Hon Michael McCormack MP gave his support for progressing this project to the next stage, being the Detailed Business Case (DBC).

Flyover – Proposed Dam at Saego Station

HIP symbolic stone laid at Riverside Homestead