The North Esk Irrigation Scheme is currently under construction and is due to open shortly after December 2018. It is fully subscribed, with no further water being available for sale from Tasmanian Irrigation.
The scheme will deliver water to landholders in White Hills, Evandale, Relbia and the Nile Road area.
The region produces some of the best poppy crops in the state as well as a multitude of fine wines. Small seed, cereal and fodder production is also popular in the region as well as traditional dryland livestock finishing.
The scheme has the capacity to supply 4,685 ML of water over a 120-day delivery period on which the summer irrigation season is based.
Water for this scheme comes from the North Esk River and is pumped to the new Dalness Dam which has a capacity of 5,200 ML. Two pump stations will be located at Watery Plains and Woodmount Road.
The majority of the scheme’s water will be distributed via gravity from the dam. 61km of pipelines will deliver the water throughout the district.
In the North 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