The remote Queensland town of Hughenden plans to turn around its declining population and fortunes with irrigated crops, via two schemes to better utilise the region’s water.
- Hughenden is hoping to drive growth through new irrigated crops
- $180 million from the Commonwealth has been pledged, if approvals for a Flinders River dam are granted
- The local council’s 15 Mile project will grow early season grapes for Australian consumers
Hughenden was founded by pastoralists, riding on the sheep’s back with a thriving wool industry, but drought, mechanisation and poor commodity prices have halved its population from 2,300 in 1961 to 1,100 today.
But proponents hope a planned $300 million Hughenden Irrigation Project (HIPCo) and the smaller…