Lower South Esk

The Milford Dam is used to hold water extracted from the South Esk River in winter and then released to irrigators along the river in the summer when the river runs low
Progress
Feb 2011
Approval
Mar 2012
Construction
Oct 2013
Operational

The Lower South Esk Irrigation Scheme commenced operation in October 2013.

The scheme serves irrigators downstream of the new Milford Dam from Conara, passing Epping Forest, Evandale, Perth and Longford.

The land in this district is used primarily for cropping and pasture, producing poppies, potatoes, peas, onions and cereals.

Unlike other Tasmanian Irrigation systems, the distribution of the majority of water Lower South Esk system is delivered primarily through the South Esk River itself. A pump station located on the banks of the South Esk River extracts winter flows from the river and it is pumped via a transfer pipeline to be stored in the 6,000 ML Milford dam.

Releases from the dam are made via the transfer pipeline back to the river during each irrigation season. The scheme’s Irrigators draw their water directly from the river further downstream. Water is taken in the winter when the river is high and held until summer when the river is much lower.

In the Lower South Esk 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