Great Forester Irrigation Scheme
Tranche One

The majority of historical flood plain habitat in the catchment in the North East of Tasmania has been converted to pasture or for intensive agriculture. Water is supplied to irrigators using the Great Forester River

The Great Forester Irrigation Scheme commenced operations in November 2011 and services the South Springfield, Springfield, Scottsdale, North Scottsdale and Waterhouse areas in North East Tasmania. Irrigation water is taken into storage in the 2,330 ML Headquarters Road Dam located at Headquarters Road, South Springfield, on an unnamed tributary of the Great Forester River.

Water orders must be placed with Tasmanian Irrigation in order to allow releases into the Great Forester River. Irrigation rights are based on irrigators having access to the Great Forester River.

Towns / area serviced

South Springfield, Springfield, Scottsdale, North Scottsdale and Waterhouse

Principal primary production focus of scheme

Dairy, potatoes, vegetables and livestock finishing

Length of irrigation season

150-day summer delivery (depending on rainfall, additional water may be able to be supplied by the scheme outside the irrigation season)


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Power Stations

Approval March 2010
Construction started June 2011
Operations commenced November 2011
Capacity 1,980 ML
Cost $4.5 million
Number of irrigators 13
Forecast opening Mid October
Forecast closing Late March
Daily flow rate 13.2 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 Great Forester:

Troy Bowen
Scheme Operator
Rodney Gofton
Irrigator Chair