Southern Highlands

After years of drought, the area around Bothwell is set to be transformed by water stored and piped to irrigators by Tasmanian Irrigation
Oct 2013
Oct 2015
Nov 2017

The Southern Highlands Irrigation Scheme commenced operations in November 2017.

Frequent drought, and a lack of reliable irrigation water in this district has, until now, been a constraint to expansion.

The area produces poppies, pasture seed crops and cereals and provides pasture for beef and sheep.

The scheme has a total capacity of 7,215 ML over a 120-day delivery period on which the summer irrigation season is based.

Water is harvested into the new Southernfield Dam from the Shannon River, and delivered via 58.4km of pipe from the dam at Waddamana Road in the north, to Bothwell and south to Hollow Tree. A pipeline also runs east from Bothwell to Pitcairns Marsh.

A pump station is located south of Waddamana Road on the banks of the Shannon The pump station can pump to the dam, the scheme or a combination of both at the same time. There are also two booster pumps at Bothwell and Hollow Tree.

In the Southern Highlands 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