Kindred North Motton

Water for this scheme is harvested from the Forth River downstream of Lake Paloona under an agreement with Hydro Tasmania, ensuring greater utilisation of this scarce resource and reliability for local irrigators
Progress
Nov 2011
Approval
Jan 2013
Construction
Feb 2014
Operational

The Kindred North Motton Irrigation Scheme commenced operations in February 2014.

The scheme services pasture and cropping land around the townships of Kindred, Sprent, Abbotsham, Forth, Gawler, Ulverstone and North Motton.

The region’s rich soils, high annual rainfall and relatively mild climate support a diverse variety of agriculture. Production in the area includes potatoes, vegetables, poppies, cereals, pyrethrum, berries and dairy products.

The scheme has the capacity to supply 2,500ML of water over a 120-day delivery period for which the summer irrigation season is based.
Water entitlements are currently available for purchase.

Water supplied in the district is sourced from the Forth River is pumped to a holding dam located near Sprent. Reliability is under-pinned by releases from Lake Paloona – a water storage owned and operated by Hydro Tasmania. Water is delivered throughout the district by approximately 43.5 km of pipelines. The pipeline is pressurised at the Spent Dam Pump Station for supply into either the main line or Spent line.

In the Kindred North Motton Irrigation Scheme, a Farm Water Access Plan is required to cover all land that Tasmanian Irrigation water is applied and to all dams that are used to store Tasmanian Irrigation water. Click here for information on Farm Water Access Plans