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‘Gift’ of 40 gigalitres of free irrigation water has come under fire | Farm Online



Plans to transform an outback cattle station into one of Australia’s biggest horticulture developments have been questioned.

Traditional owners have formally appealed the Northern Territory government’s granting of a licence to allow 40 gigalitres to be pumped from groundwater bores.

The government had confirmed the irrigation water would be made available to Fortune Agribusiness for free, despite experts saying the water would be priced as much as $100 million in other jurisdictions.

The Central Land Council this week applied for a review “of the unprecedented decision to gift a private company 40,000 megalitres of finite water reserves each year for three decades to grow fruit and vegetables in the desert, largely for export”.


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