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.