Lower South Esk Irrigation Scheme


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

Total funding: $14.8 million, with $6.3 million from the Australian Government, $2.2 million from the Tasmanian Government and the remainder from private contributions.

About the project

The Lower South Esk Irrigation Scheme, located in Tasmania's northern midlands will supply up to 5,300ML of high reliability irrigation water over more than 41,000 hectares. It will benefit between 16 and 24 irrigators along the South Esk River from Milford Dam to Longford as well as communities in Longford, Perth and Evandale.

Under the project, water will be harvested during high winter flows from the South Esk River. A pump station and pipeline will transport the water to the proposed Milford Dam. During the irrigation season (November to April) water held in the dam will be returned via the pipeline to the South Esk River to be accessed by downstream irrigators. Milford Dam will have a storage capacity of around 6,000ML with an annual yield of 5,298ML and a reliability of greater than 95%. Two small saddle dams (eastern and southern) will also be constructed to contain inundation in the lower areas.

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.

Further information