Tasmanian Irrigation appoints new chair

Tasmanian Irrigation has appointed its new chair who has domestic and international experience in finance, marketing and strategic projects

Samantha Hogg has been selected as Tasmanian Irrigation’s new chair, replacing the inaugural chairman John Lord, who is retiring after eight years in the role.

Ms Hogg has been a Chief Financial Officer for Transurban Limited, and has worked overseas in Canada and China. She is also a non-executive director for Hydro Tasmania, Tasrail and MaxiTrans Industries.

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman said Ms Hogg joins Tasmanian Irrigation at an exciting time when the partnership model between government and farmers is successful and is the subject of close study interstate and overseas.

“Tasmania is now one of the leading places in the world for irrigation development and other states and countries respect our expertise in these irrigation water delivery systems,” Mr Hodgman said.

“The five proposed Tranche Two irrigation schemes are being progressed with $30 million from the Tasmanian Government, which is matched by farmers, and the Federal Government’s commitment of $60 million. These include the Swan River and Southern Highlands schemes which are under already construction.

“Delivering high reliability irrigation water across the state is a key part of our AgriVision 2050 plan, which aims to increase the value of our agricultural sector ten-fold by 2050.”

Ms Hogg is taking over from  Mr Lord, who has overseen a period of private/public partnership infrastructure development, enabling farmers, investors and government to collaborate and reshape Tasmania’s agriculture economy.

“John’s stewardship of Tasmanian Irrigation has overseen an era of immense transformation for Tasmanian agriculture, with the construction of ten irrigation schemes, including the 38,500ML Midlands Water Scheme, the largest scheme ever constructed in the state,” Mr Hodgman said.

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