The New Acland Mine court decision was a major point of discussion at the Property Rights Australia conference.
Cape York stakeholders are being urged to be part of a water planning process that will determine how surface water and underground water supplies will be allocated and governed over the next 10 years.
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.