Transform Peel project breaks ground on Nambeelup water management system

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THE job-creating Transform Peel project has broken ground at Nambeelup with a study into an innovative water management system now underway.

The managed aquifer recharge study could help secure long-term water supplies for intensive agriculture Transform Peel’s Peel Food Zone and adjacent Peel Business Park.

The study will access how stormwater can be captured and stored in a deep aquifer during winter and accessed for irrigated agriculture in summer.

The drilling contract is held by local company Darling Downs Drilling, which reinforces the State Government’s commitment to creating local jobs in the regions.

The study is supported by funding from the Federal Government National Water Infrastructure Development Fund, an initiative of the northern Australia and Agricultural Competiveness white papers with in-kind contributions from the Shire of Murray, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Peel Development Commission.

Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said agricultural developments in peri-urban areas such as the Peel Food Zone presented fantastic opportunities for regional job creation and meeting demand from export markets.

“Ready access to water will help bring investment in intensive agricultural projects to the Peel Food Zone and drive new long-term employment opportunities,’’ she said.

“Transform Peel is expected to create thousands of long-term jobs in the region and this study marks the first works on the ground.”

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