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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

    March 2018
  • 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

Background

The Southern Forest Irrigation Scheme is an agricultural irrigation scheme being developed in the Manjimup-Pemberton area in south west Western Australia. The proposed scheme will comprise a 15 GL dam located on Record Brook and a pipeline distribution network that will supply water to irrigators who have purchased a water entitlement for the scheme.

Water for the scheme will be of high quality and reliability and will be supplied from peak flows in the Donnelly River. The scheme will be designed to ensure that environmental flows within the catchment are retained.

The scheme will be owned and operated by the Southern Forests Irrigation Co-operative Ltd and all scheme water users will be members of the Co-operative.

Water Sales

In 2016 interested landholders in the area were requested to express their interest in purchasing irrigation water through a letter of intent process. The information received from the letters of intent was used to develop a conceptual design for the scheme, costings and a business case.

In order to progress the scheme, the Southern Forests Irrigation Co-operative Ltd is now inviting interested parties to join the Co-operative and to enter into binding water entitlements agreements.

The following water sales information package provides all the relevant information and forms for landholders interested in entering into a water entitlement agreement and purchasing water from the scheme.

Water Sales Information Package

Hard copies of the water sales information packages can also be collected from the following locations during office hours:

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
(formerly Department of Agriculture)
28527 South West Highway, Manjimup
Phone: (08) 9777 0000

Southern Forests Food Council
6a Brockman St, Manjimup
Phone: (08) 9772 4180

Please note, water sales formally close on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Briefing Sessions

A number of briefing sessions are being run for prospective buyers. These briefing sessions will give an overview of the scheme and water sales and will provide a forum for questions and answers.

Monday 5 February, 6pm
Pemberton Sports Club
Club Rd, Pemberton

Wednesday 7 February, 6pm
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
(formerly Department of Agriculture)
28527 South West Highway, Manjimup

To RSVP for the briefing sessions, please email jenni.boyle@dpird.wa.gov.au

Water Sales Office

There will be a water sales office open from Tuesday, 9 January 2018 through to Wednesday 28 February (close of water) sales at:

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
Agriculture and Food Research Centre
South West Highway, Manjimup
Opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 12pm to 3pm

Prospective buyers can attend the office to obtain advice on the scheme and the water sales process, collect hard copies of the information packages and receive assistance with completing the necessary paperwork.

One on One Consultations with Agronomists

One on one appointments with a consultant agronomist are also available for those wishing to discuss their specific business needs.
Bookings can be made by contacting Jenni Boyle on:
P: 08 9780 6155
E: jenni.boyle@dpird.wa.gov.au

For more information

If you have further questions regarding the scheme, please contact one of the Southern Forests Irrigation Co-operative Directors.


 

Related News

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Title Date Project Type
Comparative assessment of crops to use potential additional water resources in the Warren–Donnelly 2016 Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme Water
SF Irrigation Co-operative Ltd Disclosure Statement 2018 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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