Whitemore

Harnessing the water used to create power from the Poatina power station, the Whitemore scheme supplies irrigators and also redirects water to the Liffey River during dry summer periods
Progress
Jul 2009
Approval
Oct 2010
Construction
Nov 2012
Operational

The Whitemore Irrigation Scheme commenced operations during the 2011-12 irrigation season.

The scheme services cropping land and pastures around the townships of Whitemore, Oaks, Bracknell, Liffey, Glenore.

Production in the area includes poppies, cereals, pasture seed, potatoes, vegetables and pasture for livestock finishing.

The scheme has the capacity to supply 5,500 ML of water over a 150-day delivery period on which the summer irrigation season is based. Additional water can be supplied by the scheme outside the irrigation season.

Water is sourced primarily from the tailrace of Poatina Power Station and transported to the district by the Cressy-Longford Main Channel. Water is pumped from the channel at Stoneycroft to a holding dam on the Liffey River and delivered throughout the district either under pressure by distribution pipelines or by releases into the Liffey River.

The scheme incorporates an extraction pump on the Liffey River that provides an opportunity to reduce operating costs by extracting water from the river during flood take periods.

In the Whitemore 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