Tasmanian Irrigation has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer.
Andrew Kneebone will take on the role, having been acting CEO since late November 2018. Mr Kneebone is well regarded in the Tasmanian farming and agricultural sectors, having previously been Tasmanian Irrigation’s General Manager Water Delivery and Infrastructure, and has broad expertise in urban water, electricity and irrigation sectors.
Following the April 2019 announcement by the Federal Government of $100 million in funding for the Tranche 3 Pipeline to Prosperity projects—on top of the $70 million already committed by the Tasmanian Government—Mr Kneebone’s appointment is timely.
Water is liquid gold and Tasmanian Irrigation’s leadership role will continue the transformation of Tasmanian agriculture, creating jobs and expanding farm production to meet the growing demand for Tasmania’s premium produce.
Pipeline to Prosperity will be the third tranche of irrigation schemes developed in Tasmania by State and Federal Governments in partnership with farmers.
Irrigation development is a key plank of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s AgriFood Plan, and to meet the target to grow the farm gate value of the Tasmanian agricultural sector to $10 billion per annum by 2050.
When fully implemented, Pipeline to Prosperity will deliver ten proposed irrigation schemes which will provide an additional 78,000ML of water creating thousands of jobs and return an estimated $114 million each year to the agriculture sector, and the Tasmanian economy more broadly.