Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme
Tranche Two

Enhancing the reliability of TI’s existing Great Forester irrigation scheme and bringing irrigation to an even greater area of North East Tasmania

The Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme commenced operations in time for the 2020-21 irrigation season to service the Scottsdale, Bridport, Springfield, Nabowla and Waterhouse areas in North East Tasmania. The 9,300 ML Camden dam is filled from winter flows from the Camden Rivulet. A pipeline from the St Patricks River enables supplementary filling of the dam. Water is then piped via a mini-hydro station, to be commissioned in mid 2021, to the Headquarters Road Dam.

Water will flow through a total of 92km of pipeline, including 84km of pipeline around Scottsdale and the Waterhouse area, and 8km from the dam to the power station. Direct releases can also boost flows in the Great Forester River, Hurst Creek and Brid River for direct take.

Towns / area serviced

Scottsdale, Bridport, Springfield, Nabowla and Waterhouse

Principal primary production focus of scheme

Poppies, potatoes, fresh vegetables, other crops, dairy and livestock finishing

Length of irrigation season

150-day summer delivery


KMs of Pipeline




Pump Station


Power Station

Approval March 2013
Construction started May 2018
Operations commenced Expected late 2020
Capacity 8,600 ML
Cost $57.27 million
Number of irrigators 85
Forecast opening November
Forecast closing March
Daily flow rate 57.33 ML / day
Initial water sales cost $1,400 / ML
Percentage of entitlements sold 70%
ML available to buy 2,610 ML
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Please contact our friendly team for more information about the Scottsdale:

Russell McDougall
Scheme Operator Scottsdale
6398 8441 (fax)
Michael Coote
Chairman Working Group