RDATN Receives First Milestone Payment for Lakeland Dam

RDA Tropical North has today welcomed the first milestone payment from the Queensland Government towards the $10m Lakeland Irrigation Area Business Case. 

“This has been a long time coming,” said RDA Tropical North CEO, Danielle Carey, “and we thank the Queensland Government for their continued support for this regionally significant project.”

“Access to secure and reliable water is paramount to our sustainability and growth,” she said. “It is a key driver of our economic development.”

The Lakeland Area Irrigation Scheme will create 1000 jobs during construction and 1200 full-time positions upon completion.

“Once complete, this project will open up 10,000 ha of agricultural land and generate over $1b each year to the regional economy,” Danielle said.

Negotiations by RDA with the Federal and State Governments on funding milestones were successfully resolved last month allowing commencement of the Detailed Business Case into the building of a dam on the Palmer River.

The Palmer River flows west to the Mitchell catchment and into the Gulf of Carpentaria. It has been highly degraded by mining over the past century and will leave no impact on the Great Barrier Reef.

Milestone 1 sees the creation of instrumental project management and stakeholder engagement plans.

SMEC has been appointed as the principle project manager.

The Detailed Business Case is due for completion September 2022.

The Lakeland Irrigation Area Scheme forms part of RDA Tropical North’s strategy for regional recovery post COVID-19.


Media Contact:

▪ RDA Tropical North CEO, Danielle Carey – 0409 260 978