Scheme Name:
Dial Blythe Irrigation Scheme - Under Construction
Volume:
2,855 ML
Irrigable Area:
8,630 ha
Communities:
Penguin, West Pine
Status:
Construction - 80% Complete
Progress:
  • Construction
  • Apr 2014

The Dial Blythe Irrigation Scheme commenced construction in March 2014 after securing $9.06m in Federal Government funding under the Tasmanian Jobs and Growth Plan and $1.96m in State Government funding from the Water Infrastructure Fund as well as $3.4m in private capital from farmers.
Water for DBIS will be extracted from the Blythe River above the South Riana Road bridge.  It will be stored in a storage dam at South Riana of 4,000ML and distributed to the scheme over a 120-day summer irrigation period from December through March each year and will be wholly delivered via the pipeline network.
Shaw Contracting Australia has completed construction of the 4000ML South Riana Dam and is 80% through construction of the Distribution Network which consists of two pump stations, a balance tank, 43 km of pipeline and over 50 farm outlets.  The project remains on target to be completed by February 2015 with some water likely to be available from January 2015.  Shaw have engaged a number of other local firms to assist with the project, including IPD Consulting who have provided design and engineering services, Geoton Pty Ltd who have assisted with the dam design, Netco with pump selection and supply and WA Cromarty with the telemetry and electrical design.
The High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) pipe being used for the distribution network has been manufactured locally by Wynyard firm Zezt Pty. Ltd.
Pipes for the scheme will be supplied by local Wynyard manufacturer Zezt Pty Ltd.
The project is scheduled to be completed by February 2015 to be able to deliver water in the latter part of the 2014/15 irrigation season.
Currently 43 farmers have supported the scheme through the purchase of water rights or connections.

 

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