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Northern Tasmania to benefit from major new irrigation project​

The Australian and Tasmanian Governments have announced that work will begin on the North Esk Irrigation Scheme.​

Areas of the Northern Midlands support a variety of agricultural enterprises and the main impediment to expansion of irrigation in the region is the limited supply of reliable water. The North Esk Irrigation Scheme will provide 4,685 megalitres of high security irrigation water and increase the irrigation footprint in the region.

The Australian Government will commit almost $19 million, the Tasmanian Government $4.5 million and irrigators $7 million to build the scheme under the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure program.

Tasmanian Deputy Premier and Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff said as many as 30 full-time equivalent jobs are expected to be created.

"The state-wide irrigation program is a key part of the State Government's plan to grow the value of agriculture to $10 billion by 2050," Minister Rockliff said. "This irrigation scheme will deliver a reliable water source and allow for the expansion of horticulture, viticulture, mixed cropping and intensive livestock grazing."

Tasmanian Senator Jonathon Duniam said work on the North Esk Scheme follows the Duck Irrigation Scheme at Circular Head that got underway in February 2017, with nearly $16 million in Federal funding. "Both schemes are part of the Australian Government's commitment to Tasmanian Irrigation Tranche II projects, which also includes the Swan Valley and Southern Highlands irrigation schemes," Senator Duniam said.

For more information, visit the Tasmanian Irrigation website. 

(From joint Australian and Tasmanian Government media release - 6 December 2017)