Duck Irrigation Scheme
Tranche Two

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

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

Towns / area serviced

Montagu, Stanley, Forest, Edith Creek and Irishtown

Principal primary production focus of scheme

Pasture-based enterprises, poppies, potatoes and other fresh vegetables

Length of irrigation season

120-day summer delivery


KMs of Pipeline




Pump Stations


Power Stations

Approval September 2016
Construction started October 2017
Operations commenced December 2018
Capacity 5,200 ML
Cost $29.98 million
Number of irrigators 26
Forecast opening November
Forecast closing March
Daily flow rate 43.33 ML / day
Initial water sales cost $1,200 / ML
Percentage of entitlements sold 100%
ML available to buy 0
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Please contact our friendly team for more information about the Duck Irrigation Scheme:

Chris Hofing
Scheme Operator
David Field
Irrigator Representative Committee, Chairperson
Harry Korpershoek
Irrigator Representative Committee
Isaac Korpershoek
Irrigator Representative Committee
Michael Hughes
Irrigator Representative Committee
Tim Smith
Irrigator Representative Committee