Tasmania funds irrigation schemes
Funding of $140 million has been allocated to complete irrigation schemes currently under construction and start work on new projects over the next three years.
It will include the biggest irrigation development ever undertaken in Tasmania to deliver water to farmers throughout the Midlands.
Mr Green said the recent completion of the first major irrigation scheme at Whitemore was an important milestone in the Government’s water development strategy.
Mr Green said the Whitemore scheme was one of 13 irrigation projects being progressed around the State.
“We will see two more major schemes, the Sassafras Wesley Vale Scheme in the North-West, and Headquarters Road in the North East, up and running in the coming months with more on the way.
$60 million has been allocated in this year’s budget to bring schemes on line and progress new developments.
“The irrigation infrastructure being rolled out now will provide more opportunities for farmers to expand and diversify their businesses and importantly provide a significant boost to rural and regional communities,” Mr Green said.
Mr Green said he expected to see a start on the $88 million Midlands Irrigation Scheme next year.
“The interest from farmers has been very encouraging so far,” Mr Green said.