Tasmanian Irrigation has re-opened Water Sales for the 24,500 megalitre Tamar Irrigation Scheme after a lower-than-expected response from landowners to contractually apply for water entitlements.
Water Sales for the $290 million Tamar Valley infrastructure project opened on 22 April for six weeks, enabling landowners across an area of 89,000 hectares spanning Westwood, Legana, Beaconsfield, Rowella, Hillwood, Pipers River, Lilydale and Pipers Brook to apply for water entitlements.
A Water Sales viability threshold of 14,700 megalitres was set by Tasmanian Irrigation prior to the commencement of Water Sales. However, as of today, local farmers only applied for 6,000 megalitre.
The TFGA urges Tamar Valley landowners to consider their irrigation water needs not only for today, but for future generations. This is a one-off opportunity to secure a $290 million irrigation infrastructure investment in the region
Unless more farmers apply for water entitlements as part of this extended Water Sales opportunity, the Tamar Irrigation Scheme is at risk of not proceeding.
Application forms can be downloaded from https://www.tasmanianirrigatio... until Water Sales close at 2pm on 15 July 2022
To read the full media release by Tas Irrigation click here.