IT WAS not long ago that Federal Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce was standing at the Emerald Agricultural College, answering questions about when the region would see valuable water channels lined.
While some channels in the Emerald Irrigation Area are already lined, local industry professionals have been gunning for funding to get the rest lined - with opportunities to greatly increase the area's water efficiencies.
In Rockhampton yesterday, the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia was happy to update the situation.
He said innovation in the agricultural industry was in a prime position - especially water.
He pointed out that agriculture was now in a position where three key players in the Federal Government have a keen interest in water, and CQ.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's first portfolio was water, Mr Joyce's own portfolio now is water and CQ senator Matt Canavan has been promoted to the front bench as the Minister for Northern Australia.
Mr Joyce said all the reasons were definitely there for CH to get more infrastructure.
"Well Queensland is spending half a million dollars a day in the Murray Darling… if you have greater water efficiency, you have more water to use," he said.
"It's all about getting on and utilising water for Central Queensland, and we can do that by building infrastructure and being vastly more efficient in the structures of the water we use."
The lining of irrigation channels stops seepage and stops salinity.