Midlands

Transforming the face of Tasmania, TI’s Midlands scheme takes water from Tasmania’s central highlands and distributes it over the great Midlands plain in addition to generating electricity from the energy created as the water falls from over 600 meters
Progress
Apr 2012
Approval
Sep 2012
Construction
Sep 2014
Operational

The Midlands Water Scheme commenced operations in July 2014.

The scheme services agricultural land around the townships of Campbell Town, Ross, Tunbridge, Woodbury, York Plains, Oatlands, Mt Seymour, Jericho and Kempton.

Current production in the area includes poppies, cereals, canola, pasture seeds, lucerne, potatoes, and pasture for livestock finishing with potential for dairy conversions and perennial horticulture such as grapes on some sites.

The scheme has the capacity to supply 15,812ML of water over a 150 day period in summer and 22,688 ML during the winter delivery period of 215 days.

Water supplied in this district is sourced from Arthurs Lake – a water storage owned and operated by Hydro Tasmania. Water flows under gravity into storage at Floods Creek Dam.

Water is delivered throughout the district by 113km of pipelines and a number of natural watercourses. A mini-hydro electric generator is situated at Floods Creek, and there are two other pump stations at Tunbridge and Mt Seymour.

In the Midlands 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