WITH climate change predicted to adversely affect farming areas in southern WA in the future, an option for farmers could be the north and the expanding Ord irrigation area in the East Kimberley.
Another 14,000 hectares of prime agricultural area is set to be released on the Ord within two years.
Lands Minister Brendon Grylls said the first land release of the Ord Expansion Project will add 8000ha of irrigated agricultural land to the area.
He said it was anticipated that the land release will attract interstate and potentially international interest as well as appealing to purchasers within WA.
The lots will be available for a wide range of products suited to flood irrigation and the Kimberley climate.
The Ord Stage 2 was officially launched last week by Mr Grylls, with the commencement of earthworks on the district's main (M1) water supply channel,
"Seeing the earthworks start is exciting because it represents a tangible step forward in the creation of a world-class agricultural project," Mr Grylls said.
Mr Grylls also met with the Ord Steering committee and a community reference group and said he was looking forward to progressing the release of land in the area and infrastructure works such as the channel and roads.
He said a number of departments including the Water Corporation and Agriculture Department would play a key role in guiding and supporting the project.