Smec has been appointed to undertake a feasibility study into expanding irrigated agriculture in Lakeland, Cape York Peninsula.
Boyne River irrigators could be without their water supply from Boondooma Dam this March if water levels continue to drop.
The state government is expected to consider a business case for a proposed new dam on the Walsh River in Far North Queensland later this year.
The State Government is preparing to release unallocated water from the Gilbert River catchment this year.
Dirranbandi and St George locals will meet with members of the Northern Basin water recovery taskforce to discuss the remaining target.
Warrick and Kell Freeman take the cake for having unrivalled water infrastructure on their 24,300 hectare beef property Meeleebee Downs near Roma.
Water buybacks may be the final straw for the Balonne Shire just as persistent dry conditions ease their grip on local communities.
Those living in and around Dirranbandi fear future water buybacks after seeing such negative results from the sell-off of 66 gigalitres.
Numbers at the Dirranbandi State School have halved in the wake of water buybacks creating serious financial issues for local small businesses.