The Northern Midlands is one of the key cropping regions of the State and the proposed Northern Midlands Irrigation Scheme will provide additional high reliability water that is underpinned by large Hydro Tasmania storages in the central highlands of Tasmania.
On Friday 11 September 2020 the Preferred Design Option for the Northern Midlands Irrigation Scheme was shared with the community. Tasmanian Irrigation (TI) sincerely thanks all landowners for their feedback and Expressions of Interest for irrigation water, and invites the community to review and provide feedback on this Preferred Design Option by Monday 12 October to TI Project Manager Jacob Gerke. The feedback form is available here.
The preferred option is to construct a main line from Poatina to short of Ross with connecting branch lines to east of Campbell Town, Macquarie Settlement Road, Conara and the Lower Isis Valley.
The scheme is proposed to utilise outflows from the Poatina Power Station whilst it is operating during the summer months and provide water during the 180-day summer period from October through March each year. The current project timeline is for construction to commence in 2022 with water becoming available in early 2024 and the scheme fully operational in the 24/25 summer.