Scheme Name:
Duck Irrigation Scheme - Under Development
5,200 ML
Irrigable Area:
26,890 ha
Montagu, Stanley, Forest, Edith Creek, Irishtown
Tender and Evaluatio
  • Preferred Option
  • Water Sales
  • Water Sales
  • Detailed Design
  • Tender and Evaluatio
  • Sep 2014
  • Nov 2014
  • Jun 2015
  • Jul 2016
  • Dec 2016

The Duck Irrigation Scheme (DUCK) is a 5,200 megalitre (ML) scheme proposed to be built in the states north-west centered around the municipality of Smithton. The scheme will extract water from the Duck River and Mill Creek during the winter period and store it in the proposed Mill Creek Dam. This water will be distributed to scheme participants during the summer irrigation period via a 61-kilometre underground pipeline network, facilitated by two pump stations, and utilising a section of the Duck River.

The district has a strong agricultural base with significant potential for producers to grow and diversify. The DUCK will assist in offsetting some recent economic declines for participants and assist in buffering the region against climate variability. Approximately 90% of the water from the scheme is expected to be applied to pasture based enterprises, such as dairying and livestock finishing, with the remaining 10% used for poppies, potatoes and other fresh vegetable production.

The DUCK will be an important economic driver in the region with direct benefits flowing to the larger population centre of Smithton in addition to smaller regional communities such as Montagu, Stanley and Forest. Increased expenditure from scheme participants will also benefit contractors, agricultural suppliers and business service suppliers in addition to retail businesses within the local district.

The scheme is progressing through the permits and approvals phase of development and remains on target for an inaugural irrigation season over the 2018-19 summer.


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Media / Forms / Contracts

Contact Information

  • Ian Jaeche (TI Project Manager) Phone 0428 101 353
  • 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