The Preferred Design Option for the 41, 000ML Greater South East Irrigation Scheme in Tasmania has been released, which includes two pump stations.

The 41,000ML irrigation scheme will incorporate the existing South East Stages One, Two and Three, and provide additional water with more than 200km of new pipeline and two additional pump stations being constructed. 

Once the Preferred Design Option is settled on, existing and new irrigators may have the opportunity to expand current operations, diversify into new high-value crops, employ more people, increase rotations and purchase additional land.

The Preferred Option Design will deliver irrigation water to landowners around Gretna, Jordan River Valley, Brighton, Cambridge, Richmond, Tea Tree, Colebrook, Campania, Sorell, Forcett, and Pawleena.

Tasmanian Minister of Primary Industries and Water, Jo Palmer, said she encourages interested landowners to provide feedback on the preferred design to Tasmanian Irrigation.

“Your feedback will enable Tasmanian Irrigation to determine support for the design and demand for the scheme before finalising the design, submitting a business case for funding and progressing approvals and permit,” Ms Palmer said. 

The Tasmanian Government said it is committed to continuing to work in partnership with the Australian Government and landowners to invest in irrigation infrastructure.

Delivering the Greater South East Irrigation Scheme is an exciting opportunity to expand high-surety irrigation water to new areas of the South Eastern agricultural region and help future-proof against climate change, while de-risking industry expansion and investment.

Landowners will be invited to contractually apply for water entitlements in early August ahead of construction of the scheme which is currently scheduled for late 2023.

The Tasmanian Government has contributed $1.55 million towards development of the Scheme, with the Australian Government through the National Water Grid Authority contributing $4.7 million.

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