Kindred North Motton Irrigation Scheme

Total funding: $10.6 million, with $5.7 million from the Australian Government, $1.9 million from the Tasmanian Government and the remainder from private contributions.

About the project

The Kindred North Motton Irrigation Scheme (KNMIS) will deliver around 2,500 ML of high reliability water to irrigators near the River Forth on the north-west coast of Tasmania to an irrigable area of 8 485ha. The project will provide wide ranging benefits in terms of regional development, drought security and climate change adaptation benefits and will enable the development of new cropping areas.

Water for the KNMIS will be taken from the River Forth below the Paloona Dam either opportunistically during power production by the Paloona Power Station or by specific release of water from the dam for the scheme. Currently, the Paloona Power Station operates around 30% of the time that water will be required during the 120-day irrigation season. There would be no charge levied by Hydro Tasmania for such water. Releases from the dam specifically to meet the needs of the scheme outside this time will need to be purchased from Hydro Tasmania.

A new pump station will be constructed on private land on the western side of the River Forth, approximately 200 metres south of the Paloona Road bridge. The pump station, comprising 3 x 415 kW pumps, will deliver water through a 5.6 km, 450 mm steel pipeline to a new storage - the Sprent Dam - with a capacity of 250 ML. Water from the Sprent Dam will then be reticulated through two booster pump stations to landholders throughout the region.

The project has been managed by Tasmanian Irrigation Pty Ltd, which is a Tasmanian Government owned company. More information is available on the Tasmanian Irrigation website.

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