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Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme

The Southern Forests project will underpin agricultural growth and investment in one of the most significant horticultural areas in the State.

Proposed Timeline

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  • Project launched

    April 2015
  • Prefeasibility investigation into land and water availability

    June 2015
  • Tasmania Irrigation Study Tour

    July 2015
  • Conceptual design of preferred option infrastructure completed

    December 2015
  • Letter of Intent Process opened

    January 2016
  • Letter of Intent Process results announced

    April 2016
  • Monitoring program established

    April 2016
  • Engineering design and costs of preferred option completed

    July 2016
  • $19 million State Govt funding announced

    December 2016
  • Application for Commonwealth funding submitted

    January 2016
  • Shortlist preferred sites

    January 2016
  • Scheme Cooperative established

    April 2017
  • Scheme demand and funding confirmed

    September 2017
  • Construction tender opened (by scheme operator)

    September 2018
  • Construction tender awarded (by scheme operator)

    January 2019
  • Enviro Impact Assessment completed by scheme operator

    June 2019
  • Sub project completed by Department of Water

    June 2019
  • Construction completed by scheme operator

    June 2021
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Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme

The Southern Forests project will underpin agricultural growth and investment in one of the most significant horticultural areas in the southern half of the State.

Working with local stakeholders, the project will identify new water supply options as well as increase availability by improving current water use efficiency.

One option is the potential for an irrigation scheme in the Warren-Donnelly and Southern Blackwood regions, consisting of pipeline and pumping infrastructure, which would enable water to be bought and sold.

Targeting an additional 12 gigalitres of sustainable irrigation water a year, the proposed scheme will follow a successful business model used in Tasmania.

This will create a whole-of-region approach to commercial water security for existing producers and would open the door for developing new irrigated areas within the scheme’s reach.

Benefits to the region will include increased investment, a strengthened economy and the creation of sustainable employment opportunities.

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Related Publications

Title Date Project Type
Comparative assessment of crops to use potential additional water resources in the Warren–Donnelly 2016 Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme Water
Southern Forests land suitability report 2016 Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme Environmental
Appendices - Southern Forest land suitability report 2016 Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme Environmental
Southern Forests brochure 2016 Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme Water for Food
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