Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme a step closer
An irrigation scheme in the Manjimup and Pemberton region has received State Government support, following a $19 million funding boost through Royalties for Regions.
The funding was announced on 9 December 2016 by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman and Agriculture and Food Minister Mark Lewis at an event in Manjimup attended by around 70 people.
Water for Food Operations Manager South Tym Duncanson was at the event and said the announcement was well received and the project has a lot of community support.
“Developed in consultation with local irrigators, the proposed scheme will capture water in winter, to be redistributed year round to sites that currently do not have access to sufficient high-quality water, or do not have the capacity to capture water.
“The proposed scheme is estimated to cost $80 million and will involve building a new dam and around 250 kilometres of pipeline and pumping infrastructure.
“The scheme has been strongly endorsed by local growers who have registered $10 million in support via a formal 'Letter of Intent' process.
“The irrigation scheme will be owned and operated by a private cooperative with the State Government supporting the development of governance and financial models. The scheme is based on a successful business model used in Tasmania which has been supported by the Commonwealth Government.
“Further funding is now being sought from the Commonwealth’s National Water Infrastructure Development Fund,” Mr Duncanson said.