Dial Blythe Irrigation Scheme

The Dial Blythe Irrigation Scheme will commence its first full season on 1 November 2015.  Due to the dry conditions the irrigation season has been extended for the 2015-16 year.

At the start of the 2015 irrigation season, additional sales in the scheme have seen the private investment increase to 2,390ML of the 2,855ML total scheme capacity (84%).  Water is still available for sale in the Cuprona 1 (180ML), Sulphur Creek 1 (205ML), Dial 1 (80ML) delivery lines.  Any of this water can also be taken in the Riana line.  The cost of remaining water is $1,200 per ML. If a connection point is not available, this is an additional cost.  The property being irrigation needs to be covered by a Farm Water Access Plan.

The Sulphur Creek 2 and Cuprona 2 lines are now fully committed and additional water will only be available through trading with existing water entitlement holders.

The $14.4M Dial Blythe Irrigation Scheme was officially opened on 6 March 2015.Funding for the scheme was provided by the Federal Government ($9.06M) under the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan, $1.96m in State Government funding from the Water Infrastructure Fund and $3.4m in private capital from farmers.

Water for the scheme is stored in the 4000ML South Riana Dam which is filled both from the Blythe River and the un-named tributary upon which it is constructed. Water deliveries to the 53 property outlets is via 43km of HDPE pipeline and will be made during the 120 day December through March irrigation season.

Water licences for the scheme enable the majority of water to be taken during the winter period and are governed by water licences from DPIPWE which provide for minimum flows to be maintained in the Blythe River and tributary.


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