The first stage of the South-East Irrigation Scheme was completed in 1986.
The scheme supplies 2,650 ML of water annually to horticultural, viticultural, orchard and other high value uses in the Coal River Water District, which extends along the Coal River valley to Richmond. The scheme has been the catalyst for the development of a range of agricultural enterprises in the region which have brought significant employment and economic benefits.
The 12,500 ML Craigbourne Dam is the focus for this stage of the South East Scheme. It is also used to mitigate floods in the valley. The dam collects water from the Coal River and Craigbourne Creek. The water is released into the lower reaches of the Coal River. This stage of the scheme incorporates 3 TI-owned pump stations and 11.5km of pipeline, enabling supply to properties further from the river. Water in the river is also picked further downstream up to supply stage 2 of the scheme.