The Upper Ringarooma Irrigation Scheme was completed in June 2015.
The scheme services pasture and cropping land around the townships of Ringarooma, Legerwood, Branxholm, Alberton, New River, Talawa and Forsyth Hill. Production in this district includes dairy, potatoes, vegetables, poppies, wheat and pasture for livestock finishing.
The scheme has the capacity to supply 5,700ML of water during the 150-day summer irrigation season. Depending on rainfall, additional water may be able to be supplied by the scheme outside the irrigation season.
Water supplied in the district is sourced primarily from Dunns Creek and stored in the new Dunns Creek Dam. Reliability is under-pinned by supplementary pumping from the Ringarooma River during periods of low rainfall. Water is delivered throughout the district by the river and also by 37.7km of pipelines. Pump stations are incorporated into this scheme at the dam and at Cottons Bridge.
Water is also supplied to TasWater from this scheme.
In the Upper Ringarooma 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