Tasmanian Tranche Three irrigation projects move ahead

Growers in Tasmania are about to benefit from high increases in land value as an additional 80,000 megalitres of high-surety water will be pumped into paddocks

Land values on Tasmanian farms are set to soar as current irrigation capacity will be doubled once the planned 10 irrigations schemes have been completed

It’s all been made possible through five additional irrigation schemes being designed in partnership between Tasmanian Irrigation, professional services company GHD and Pinion Advisory.

The projects are part of the Tranche Three program, a joint investment between the Australian Government, Tasmanian Government and Tasmanian farmers to develop 10 irrigation schemes across agricultural areas of Tasmania.

Funding is confirmed for the first five projects, with further funding to be sought for the remaining five schemes.

The benefits from these additional irrigation schemes are expected to have a massive flow on for farmers and surrounding rural communities.

Current infrastructure limitations in some parts of Tasmania mean that water is not distributed efficiently as it could be for agriculture.

Access to irrigation water will give landholders confidence to value-add, diversify and expand to incorporate new higher-value enterprises, such as viticulture or dairy.

In total the program and its 10 schemes will double Tasmania’s current irrigation capacity of 133,314 megalitres.

Design of infrastructure including the pipelines, tanks, dams and pump stations associated with the Tranche Three projects is well underway

Tasmanian Irrigation Chief Executive Officer Andrew Kneebone said the Company had sought a partnership with the design industry to strengthen its ability to design and deliver irrigation projects that met irrigators’ needs, whilst simplifying its offering to the construction industry.

“Tasmanian Irrigation welcomes the strength and innovation of the GHD and Pinion Advisory unique design partnership, which will reduce duplication, enhance cross-scheme learnings, simplify procedures and provide more certainty to contractors,” Mr Kneebone said.

“Design specifications have been standardised for engineering, hydraulics, electrical plans, pumps, pipelines and dams, leading to a more consistent system control and data acquisition, as well as assisting with water delivery and asset management operations.”

The integrated approach will ensure each scheme is economically viable, environmentally sustainable and is developed in collaboration with local communities.

GHD and Pinion Advisory will focus on the design of infrastructure including the pipelines, tanks, dams and pump stations associated with the Tranche Three projects.

They will also provide technical support during early project phases and construction and commissioning.

Brad Davie, GHD’s Design Manager for the partnership says, “Our approach will draw on the collective capability of GHD, Pinion Advisory and Tasmanian Irrigation to form an integrated team with a shared vision to create lasting community benefit.

“These schemes will ultimately unlock water for the State and help farmers meet the growing on-farm production demand, so we are thrilled to be able to bring our skills together in this multi-year partnership and strategically design the schemes to do just this,” adds Brad.

Watch land values rise in these regions

The design partnership will initially focus on the following Tranche Three projects:

• Northern Midlands Irrigation Scheme (NMIS)

• Fingal Irrigation Scheme (FIN)

• South East Integration Project (SEIP)

• Tamar Irrigation Scheme (TIS)

• Sassafras Wesley Vale Irrigation Scheme Augmentation (SWISA)

Tranche Three follows on from Tasmanian Irrigation’s successful delivery of Tranche One and Tranche Two.