Greater Meander Irrigation Scheme

Meander Dam is the largest dam to be used for irrigation in Tasmania. As well as delivering water from Lake Huntsman into the Meander River and 4 distribution pipelines it also has a significant socio-economic impact in the Meander Valley region

Greater Meander Irrigation Scheme Augmentation
Capacity 11,000 ML
Water Sales Open 22 April 2022
Water Sales Close 2pm 3 June 2022
Forecast construction start Third quarter 2022
Water entitlement cost $1,550 / ML

Since completing the construction of the Meander Dam in November 2007, a further four pipelines have been built to expand the reach of the water available from the dam to deliver irrigation water to the adjoining farming districts of Caveside / Dairy Plains, Rubicon River, Quamby Brook and Hagley.

Water is captured in the Meander Dam during the winter months and delivered over a 150-day period throughout the district during summer by releases into the Meander River and by pipelines originating along the river.

A mini-hydro power station is also incorporated into the scheme.

Towns / area serviced

Carrick, Caveside, Chudleigh, Dairy Plains, Deloraine, Dunorlan, Elizabeth Town, Exton, Hagley, Meander, Montana, Osmaston and Westbury

Principal primary production focus of scheme

Dairy, poppies, cereals, pyrethrum, pasture seeds, potatoes, vegetables, berries, nuts and pasture for livestock finishing


KMs of Pipeline




Pump Stations


Power Stations

Greater Meander Irrigation Scheme
Approval September 2003
Construction started December 2006
Operations commenced February 2008
Capacity 28,800 ML
Cost $37.5 million
Number of irrigators 240
Forecast opening Early November
Forecast closing End March
Daily flow rate 345 ML / day
Initial water sales cost $1,100 / ML
Percentage of entitlements sold 100%
ML available to buy 0

Dam levels

Meander Dam

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Please contact our friendly team for more information about the Greater Meander:

Deloraine Office
Water Orders
(03) 6369 5586 (fax)
Brett Bennett
Scheme Operator
Dean Anyon
Scheme Operator
Ken Lawrence
Irrigator Representative Committee, Chairperson