Upper Ringarooma Irrigation Scheme
Total funding: $28.0 million, with $19.1 million from the Australian Government, $1.7 million from the Tasmanian Government and the remainder from private contributions.
About the project
The Upper Ringarooma Irrigation Scheme (URIS) will construct a 6,500ML earth-fill dam on Dunns Creek to provide 5,700ML of high reliability water to irrigators via the Ringarooma River and 38.5 km of underground distribution pipelines. The project will provide wide ranging benefits in terms of regional development, drought security and climate change adaptation. The scheme, in the upper catchment of the Ringarooma River, approximately 30 km south-east of Scottsdale in north east Tasmania will enable expansion by existing growers as well as avoiding a contraction in irrigation output due to reductions in allocations in the catchment.
The dam will be filled predominantly by winter flows from Dunns Creek that are surplus to environmental flows and existing water licence commitments. When required, the storage volume will be supplemented by surplus winter flows pumped from the Ringarooma via the supply line.
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.