The rich volcanic soils and open coastal plains characteristic of the north-west coastal areas are ideal for agricultural activities such as dairying and vegetable growing. This district also has some of the cleanest air in the world
Sep 2016
Oct 2017
Dec 2018

The Duck Irrigation Scheme commenced the first delivery of water to scheme participants on 1 December 2018.

The scheme services pastures and cropping land around the townships of Montagu, Stanley, Forest, Edith Creek and Irishtown with direct benefits flowing to the larger community of Smithton.

Production in the area centres mainly around pasture-based enterprises but poppies, potatoes and other fresh vegetables are also produced.

The scheme will supply 5,200 ML of water annually over a 120-day delivery period on which the summer irrigation season is based.

The scheme extracts water from the Duck River and Mill Creek during the winter period and stores it in the Mill Creek Dam. This water is then distributed to scheme participants throughout the summer irrigation season utilising a combination of the Duck River, a 61-kilometres pipeline network and two pump stations.

Farm Water Access Plans are 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