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Three Rivers Irrigation Project

Project overview*

EIS statusLapsed
Description Cropping and irrigation of up to 15,000 ha of cotton with associated infrastructure
Proponent Stanbroke Pty Ltd
Location/s Glenore (Lot 1 LA2) 90km south of Normanton.
Local government/s Carpentaria Shire Council and Croydon Shire Council
Investment Greater than $200 million
Key features
  • approximately 15,000 ha of cropping fields
  • extraction of approximately 150,000 ML of water per year from the lower Flinders River using water extraction infrastructure which may include a diversion structure or weir
  • off-stream water storage with a capacity of 150,000 ML
  • a cotton processing ginnery
  • supporting infrastructure including flood levees, fuel tanks, machinery and chemical storage, a private landing strip, stormwater retention systems and worker accommodation
  • a total project area of approximately 20,422 ha.
  • 100 (construction peak)
  • 75 (operational at peak production)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

7 January 2019 'Coordinated Project' declaration lapsed.
6 April 2018 Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 7 January 2019.
6 April 2017 Coordinator-General stated a new project declaration lapse date of 7 April 2018.
8 October 2015 Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 468 KB) released.
1 August 2015 to 31 August 2015 Draft terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 266 KB) public consultation.
17 July 2015 Commonwealth Minister for the Environment decided the project is a 'controlled action'. More information
29 June 2015 Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (PDF icon 253 KB).
22 June 2015 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.
19 June 2015 Application, including initial advice statement (PDF icon 2.8 MB), submitted.

Further information

Read more about the EIS process.

Media release

Last updated: 16 Mar 2023