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.