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Irrigation scheme design detail

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The preferred design option for the Fingal Irrigation Scheme has been launched today.

The $49.37 million scheme is estimated to deliver 12,600 megalitres of irrigation water to farmers along the South Esk River between Fingal and Powranna.

It will create up to 60 full-time jobs during construction and a further 78 once operational.

It follows last week’s launch of the $65.8 million Northern Midlands Scheme Preferred Design Option, which is expected to deliver another 60 jobs during construction, and a further 139 once operational.

Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Guy Barnett said the recent injection of a further $15 million as part of the Government’s Rebuilding Tasmania Plan brings the current joint Government commitment to $185 million.

“Our irrigation infrastructure is leading the nation, having delivered 16 new irrigation schemes and the Greater Meander Valley Irrigation Scheme,” Minister Barnett said.

“When completed, the Pipeline to Prosperity state-wide irrigation plan is expected to provide almost 78,000 megalitres of water, create up to 2,600 full-time jobs, trigger an additional $150 million in on-farm private investment and inject an estimated $114 million each year into the sector, and economy more broadly."