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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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  • Community consultation begins

    April 2017
  • Project launched by Minister for Water

    April 2015
  • Establish monitoring program

    April 2015
  • Tasmanian Irrigation Study Tour

    July 2015
  • Community and stakeholder consultation meetings commence

    December 2015
  • Conceptual design of infrastructure and reticulation preferences of preferred option/s

    December 2015
  • Letter of Intent process opened

    January 2016
  • Letter of Intent process closed

    March 2016
  • Letter of Intent results announced by Minister for Water

    April 2016
  • Modelling of current and future supply/allocation scenarios

    April 2016
  • Shortlist preferred sites

    April 2016
  • Engineering design and costs of preferred options

    July 2016
  • Submission to National Water Infrastructure Development Fund for indicative funding

    January 2017
  • Confirmation of demand for irrigation scheme

    August 2017
  • Confirm geotechnical suitability of dam site

    December 2017
  • Environmental impact assessment

    January 2018
  • Project completed

    June 2018
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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.

Related News

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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