Scheme Name:
Duck Irrigation Scheme - Under Development
5,000 ML
Irrigable Area:
26,890 ha
Montagu, Stanley, Forest, Edith Creek, Irishtown
Detailed Design
  • Pre-feasibility
  • Preferred Option
  • Water Sales
  • Water Sales
  • Detailed Design
  • Apr 2014
  • Sep 2014
  • Nov 2014
  • Jun 2015
  • Dec 2015

The Duck Irrigation Scheme (DIS) comprises the Duck Irrigation District with a delivery of approximately 5,000 megalitres (ML) of winter water sourced from the Duck River and Mill Creek and stored in the proposed Mill Creek Dam. Water will be distributed via 60 kilometres of pipeline and a reach of the Duck River and pumped with approximately two pump stations, depending on final scheme design.
The district has a highly productive agricultural base with significant potential to grow and diversify, offsetting and reversing recent economic declines. Approximately 90% of the water from the scheme will be applied to pasture based enterprises (dairying, livestock finishing) with 10% to be used for poppies, potatoes and fresh vegetable production.
The project will be an important driver of economic growth in far north-west of Tasmania, with direct benefits flowing to the larger population centre of Smithton and also to the rural communities such as Montagu, Stanley and Forest. Increased expenditure by irrigators will also benefit contractors, agricultural suppliers, business service providers and retail businesses in the local district.

The revised scheme design was based on signed water entitlement purchase contracts in the Duck Irrigation District. Round two water sales received strong support with all of the 5,000ML offered for sale being purchased. based on this strong support, detailed design and


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Contact Information

  • Paul Ellery (TI Project Manager) Phone 0427 053 807
  • Harry Korpershoek (DIS Working Group member, Forest)
  • John Van Adrichem (DIS Working Group member, Togari)
  • Mike Buckby (DIS Working Group (Chair), Montagu)
  • Neil Innes-Smith (DIS Working Group member, Edith Creek)
  • John McNabb (DIS Working Group member, Rocky Cape. Circular Head Progress Group)
  • Tom Hofing (DIS Working Group member, Mawbanna)


  • Water Sales Opening Thursday 13th November 2014 0-0 Agritas, Smithton
  • Irrigation Workshop Monday 17th November 2014 0-0 Agritas, Smithton
  • Individual Follow-up Meetings Tuesday 18th November 2014 0-0
  • Information Day Thursday 27th November 2014 9:00am-4:00pm Tongari Hall, Tongari
  • Information Day Saturday 6th December 2014 9:00am-4:00pm Circular Head Show, Stanley
  • Information Day Friday 5th December 2014 9:00am-4:00pm Blackberry Inn, Forest
  • Individual Information Sessions Tuesday 9th December 2014 9:00am-4:00pm Agritas, Smithton

    Available for final contract questions/signing

  • Water Sales Close Wednesday 10th December 2014 9:00am-12:00pm Agritas, Smithton

    Available for final contract questions/signing

  • Water Sales 2nd Round Wednesday 17th June 2015 1:00pm-2:30pm Smithton Country Club