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Whitemore Irrigation Scheme gets the green light
Joint Media release
Dick Adams MP, Federal Member for Lyons. Bryan Green MP, Minister for Primary Industries and Water
29 April 2010
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Over 5,500 million litres of water will be delivered to irrigation communities near Bracknell in northern Tasmania through the construction of a new $11.3 million irrigation scheme.
The Whitemore Irrigation Scheme will receive over $3 million in Federal Government funding, the Minister for Water, Senator Penny Wong, and the Member for Lyons, Dick Adams MP, announced today.
Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Bryan Green, said the State Government had committed $1.68 million to the scheme, with the remaining funding for the project coming from irrigators.
“The Whitemore Irrigation Scheme project is part of the Rudd Government’s $140 million election commitment to supporting the development of modern and efficient irrigation in Tasmania,” Senator Wong said.
The State Government has earmarked $80 million for irrigation development in partnership with the Commonwealth and private investors.
“Projects like this Scheme are helping irrigators use their water resources more sustainably and efficiently, while supporting communities into the future,” Senator Wong said.
“Every irrigator within the Scheme will be required to submit a Water Access Plan. These Plans will ensure efficient water use by adopting new irrigation technology and industry best practice.”
Mr Green said 40 km of pipeline would be constructed to deliver water to irrigators across 12,000 hectares of farmland.
“The Scheme will also provide increased water security for Carrick and Bracknell as a back up water supply,” Mr Green said.
“Water development and irrigation infrastructure is a key priority for the Tasmanian Government so that we can sustain growth and jobs in the agricultural sector.”
Local Member for Lyons, Dick Adams MP, also welcomed today’s funding announcement.
“The Scheme will lend greater certainty to investment and productivity for local communities in Lyons,” Mr Adams said.
“By providing opportunities for increased agricultural production and employment, the Scheme will help secure a vibrant future for the region’s irrigation communities.”
More information is available at: www.environment.gov.au/water