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.
Planning is underway to develop a concept for presentation to the community in early 2020 ahead of water sales. Tasmanian Irrigation is investigating options to be able to supply water to landholders from Poatina to Ross and the Lower Isis River Valley.
The current concept 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 mirror the Poatina Power Station 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 2021 with water becoming available in early 2023 and the scheme fully operational in the 23/24 summer.