North Esk Irrigation Scheme
Tranche Two

This region is a significant producer of quality horticultural products, in particular high quality grapes and is also one of the state's prime poppy growing regions. Increased production will also enhance the area’s existing tourism industry which is primarily based around the wine industry

The North Esk Irrigation Scheme commenced operations in January 2019 and services the Relbia, White Hills, Evandale, Clarendon and Nile areas in Northern Tasmania. Water is harvested from the North Esk River at Watery Plains and transferred via an 8km pipeline to the 5,580 ML Rocklands Dam at White Hills.

The scheme’s 59km of delivery pipelines are predominantly gravity-fed.

Towns / area serviced

Relbia, White Hills, Evandale, Clarendon and Nile

Principal primary production focus of scheme

Poppies, vineyards, small seed, cereal and fodder production, livestock finishing

Length of irrigation season

120-day summer delivery


KMs of Pipeline




Pump Stations


Power Stations

Approval November 2014
Construction started November 2017
Operations commenced January 2019
Capacity 4,680 ML
Cost $30.43 million
Number of irrigators 57
Forecast opening November
Forecast closing March
Daily flow rate 39.04 ML / day
Initial water sales cost $1,500 / 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 North Esk:

Troy Wells
Scheme Operator
Cameron Walker
Scheme Operator
Charles Watson
Working Group Chair