Total funding: $104.0 million, with $51.3 million from the Australian Government, $11.5 million from the Tasmanian Government and the remainder from private contributions.
About the project
The Midlands Water Scheme will supply up to 38,500 ML of high reliability irrigation water over more than 55,000 hectares. It will benefit approximately 350-400 irrigators in the central and southern Midlands regions of Tasmania. Up to 15,822 ML will be available during a 150 day summer period with the remaining 22,678 ML available during a 215 day winter supply period.
The water will be delivered from Arthurs Lake through 35 km of high pressure gravity pipeline, from the eastern spill zone of Arthurs Lake to a mini hydro electric power station at Floods Creek at the base of the Western Tiers to the west of Tunbridge. The water will then enter a dam to be constructed at Floods Creek for water storage prior to its distribution for irrigation. The distribution system utilises 119 km of medium to low pressure pipes and 210 km of existing water courses from Floods Creek to the Isis Valley, Tunbridge, Oatlands, Mt Seymour and Lower Marshes (Jericho).
Electricity from the Floods Creek mini hydro will power two pumping stations in the Tunbridge area as well as being fed into the main power grid.
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 web site.
- Tasmania's largest irrigation scheme ready to start - media release dated 14 May 2012
- Endorsement of the Water Access Program of the Midlands Water Scheme under the EPBC Act