Swan Valley Irrigation Scheme
Tranche Two

One of the driest areas in Tasmania, the sunny climate on the East Coast has until now lacked one vital ingredient to unleash its productive potential – water

The Swan Valley Irrigation Scheme commenced operations in January 2018 and services an area from Cranbrook in the north and branches to Swansea in the south. Water is pumped from the Swan River during winter and stored in Melrose Dam.

Summer flood pumping to underpin reliability is undertaken when appropriate. During the summer irrigation season, water is released from Melrose Dam and distributed to irrigators via 37km of pipeline. The Swan River Pump Station will also boost water to the distribution pipeline during the irrigation season.

Towns / area serviced

Cranbrook to Swansea

Principal primary production focus of scheme

Vineyards, orchards, pasture for livestock finishing, nuts and other cropping

Length of irrigation season

120-day summer delivery


KMs of Pipeline




Pump Station


Power Stations

Approval August 2014
Construction started June 2016
Operations commenced January 2018
Capacity 2,000 ML
Cost $18.88 million
Number of irrigators 16
Forecast opening November
Forecast closing March
Daily flow rate 16.67 ML / day
Initial water sales cost $1,500 / ML
Percentage of entitlements sold 100%
ML available to buy 0


Please contact our friendly team for more information about the Swan Valley:

Scott Williams
Scheme Operator
Tim Lyne
Chair, Irrigator Committee