WATER from the new Upper Ringarooma irrigation scheme will go on sale next month and be available in 2015-16, following the scheme’s approval.
Work will begin on the $28 million project next year, after Deputy Premier Bryan Green announced the plan’s approval yesterday.
Mr Green first launched the scheme in July last year.
Mr Green said the Ringarooma scheme would benefit more than 40 properties in the area, covering more than 15,000 hectares.
“This new scheme has great potential because currently less than half of the irrigable land is being irrigated,” he said.
Ringarooma Irrigation Committee chairman Stan Cox said the scheme would provide farmers with greater confidence to invest in their farms, creating extra dairy production and opportunities for new crops.
Mr Cox said the water would go on sale on October 10 for $1200 a megalitre.
The construction of a dam in the upper catchment of the Ringarooma River and Dunns Creek was now being tendered.
Construction would begin in September-October next year, Mr Cox said.
Mr Green said freight roads in the region would be improved under a $42 million state and federal government package, and the Tasman Highway, between Scottsdale and Launceston, would be upgraded.
The state government announced irrigation funding of $52.1 million in combined state and federal money in this year’s budget, including schemes in the Midlands, lower South Esk, south-east and Upper Ringarooma.
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