Tasmanian Irrigation unveils design for Tamar region’s preferred option | The Examiner


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Tasmania’s northern agriculture sector is set to get a boost after one of the state’s biggest irrigation projects passed a major milestone in its progress this week. The design of Tamar’s preferred irrigation system option was launched on Wednesday and is the sixth of 11 stages of the project, culminating in the start of water delivery in 2025. Tasmanian Irrigation’s managing director, Andrew Kneebone, said the project would provide 24,500 megaliters of high-security irrigation water for the Tamar Valley. READ MORE: Officer reportedly donated urine-soaked clothes to homeless inmate He said the state-owned company originally planned for the project to distribute a third of that volume. “We have received expressions of interest from around 200 farmers so far,” he said. “That’s part of the reason we went for a much larger program.” READ MORE: A man guilty of kicking a cat, Mr Kneebone, says Tasmanian Irrigation had been planning the project for around two years, during which time more than 10 options had been considered. The $290 million program, made up of federal, state and private funding, is expected to incorporate 240 kilometers of pipeline, as well as five pump stations. This infrastructure is expected to serve an area of ​​89,000 hectares covering Westwood, Legana, Beaconsfield, Rowella, Hillwood, Pipers River, Lilydale and Pipers Brook. The water will come from the Trevallyn dam. READ MORE: Multi-million dollar Longford police station officially unveiled Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Guy Barnett, said the project would create around 411 full-time jobs and 205 spin-off jobs, while at the same time providing $589 million to the economy over several years. “Water is liquid gold, and we have seen how it can transform agriculture,” he said. READ MORE: Report estimates annual ice usage in Tasmania dropped by more than 60kg in 2021 Beef producer Landfall Angus has owned and operated a farm on the eastern banks of the River Tamar since 1876. The co-owner Ed Archer attributed a significant increase in company productivity to investing in irrigation 25 years ago. “It gave us access to a range of markets,” he said. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association chairman Marcus McShane said the TFGA would push for further investment in irrigation ahead of the next federal election. Last year, Tasmania’s agricultural production increased by 13%, a stark contrast to the national average of 0.4%. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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