This means that Tasmanian Irrigation works closely with private landholders to determine how much high-surety irrigation water is required by the community, and shares the cost of building a scheme between the public and private sectors.
The public funding contribution recognises that the wider community
will benefit from increased economic activity and employment over time.
Private capital contributions are made through the purchase of tradeable
This model ensures ongoing operating costs, including the provision
for asset renewal, will not be subsidised, instead met by annual charges
levied on water entitlement holders.
In 2011, following the merger with the Rivers and Water Supply
Commission and Tasmanian Irrigation Schemes Pty Ltd, TI inherited the
responsibility for three operating irrigation schemes and the ownership
of infrastructure of two locally managed irrigation schemes.
Tasmanian Irrigation has since provided the technical, financial and
project management skills to progress schemes from concept development
through feasibility and construction to operations.
Ten Tranche One schemes were developed and delivered at a cost of
$248.45 million, delivering 74,493 megalitres of water via 534km of
pipeline, 9 dams, 23 pump stations and 1 power station.
These projects are located at Dial Blythe; Great Forester; Kindred /
North Motton; Lower South Esk; Midlands; Sassafras / Wesley Vale; South
East Stage Three; Upper Ringarooma; Whitemore; and the Winnaleah
Five Tranche Two projects were the constructed at a cost of $167.12
million, delivering 27,695 megalitres of irrigation water via 312km of
pipeline, five dams, nine pump stations and one power station.
These projects include Duck; North Esk; Scottsdale; Southern Highlands; and the Swan Valley.
Ten Tranche Three
projects are now being advanced, with the first five phase one projects
progressing through Expressions of Interest, Preferred Design Option,
Water Sales and to approvals.
With an increased level of operational responsibility, Tasmanian
Irrigation is now primarily focused on working in partnership with
irrigators to continue to deliver high-surety, cost-effective and
reliable irrigation water to landowners.