Whitemore Irrigation Scheme
Project completed December 2011
Total funding: $11.3 million, with $3.0 million from the Australian Government, $1.7 million from the Tasmanian Government and the remainder from private contributions.
About the project
The Whitemore Irrigation Scheme delivers over 5,500 ML of water to irrigation communities near Bracknell through 40 km of pipeline across 12,000 hectares of farmland. This water is sourced from the tailrace of Hydro Tasmania's Poatina Power Station. It incorporates an existing on-farm off-stream dam of about 400 ML which will be used as community storage to enhance reliability when the Poatina power station is turned-off for maintenance.
The scheme also provides increased water security for Carrick and Bracknell as a back up water supply.
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.
- First Major Irrigation Project Launched - media release 18 May 2011