Tasmanian Future Irrigation Project

Friday 17th June 2016

Future Irrigation Project - Inter-connectivity, Enhancement and New Ideas

The Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce MP has announced 1.78 million dollars funding for the feasibility study Tasmania’s Future Irrigation Project – “Growing the Future” .

Irrigation, coupled with Tasmania’s unique climate and agricultural skills base, which underpin the Tasmanian economy, will allow the State to deliver on the Tasmanian Government’s Cultivating Prosperity – A vision for Agriculture.

Tasmanian Irrigation has conducted a study of scheme structure across Tasmania to explore potential inter- connectivity, enhancement and modernisation of existing irrigation schemes. The project also explored development of potential new schemes that may enhance economic development by the movement of water to its highest economic use.   

The Tasmania Future Irrigation Project - builds on Tasmanian Irrigation’s (TI) successful delivery of Tranche 1 (10 schemes 2010 – 2015) in its entirety and its ongoing commitment to deliver Tranche 2 (5 schemes 2016 – 2018).

After extensive investigation and consultation TI has identified 8 concepts which will enhance the productive capacity of Tasmania and which it believes warrant further investigation.

Of the remaining 8 concepts:
• Two will provide interconnectivity to and between existing schemes, allowing water to be moved to areas of higher productive utilisation.
• One will enhance an existing schemes’ capacity by integrating existing infrastructure; and
• Five are new schemes where provision of water would change the land use and productive capacity of existing farming areas.

The Federal funding will be used by TI to further investigate the 8 concepts and to determine which concepts warrant preparation of full business cases to make them investment ready propositions.

Tasmanian Future Irrigation Project

Contact: Nicola Morris, CEO Tasmanian Irrigation 0499 000 341 or Nicola.morris@tasirrigation.com.au