Whilst Charters Towers possesses a relative abundance of water and arable land, there is minimal irrigated agriculture occurring in the Region at present.  Several reasons are behind this, including a lack of water storage capacity, Government policy, relatively poor prospects for many irrigated crops and a lack of interest in tropical crops.

These current limiting factors are being addressed as part of the push towards the development of Northern Australia, and the development of significant new irrigation areas in the Charters Towers Region would be a major and durable economic boost to the Region.

Council has petitioned the State Government to increase the allocation of water presently available for irrigation purposes within the Regional water systems from unallocated reserves to enable further uptake and continues to assist landholders interested in cropping achieve such objectives through its representations to the State Government.

Irrigated Cropping Brochure (PDF, 294kb)