Location: Swan Valley, Swansea
Project Manager: Tasmanian Irrigation
Project Owner: Tasmanian Irrigation
Construction Period: 2015 to 2017
Project Value: $16.6 million
Project Status: Approvals/under development
One of five irrigation projects currently underway in Tasmania, and part of the Tranche 2 scheme, Swan Valley is planned to be a 2000 ML capacity storage dam, with a pump system used for drawing water from the Swan River during times of abundance. This stored water will then be available of purchase to participating land owners; with a minimal purchase of 10 ML at $1500/ML, and subsequent 5 ML increments. Even though it’s been given a price tag of less than $25 million, the total of the five projects is set to cost quite a bit more; the State Government has already committed $30 million to the five projects, and the Federal Government has provided $90 million, although it has been stated that a total investment of $110 million will be required from the Federal source.
In total the project will consist of 38 kilometres of pipeline in order to move water from the river to the dam and participating land owners, as well as create 32 full time jobs in maintenance and operation. The history of the project dates back to 2012, when the Government approached Tasmanian Irrigation and requested an investigation into an irrigation solution that was highly reliable; 2013 saw a survey conducted of landholders in the area to determine public interest, and with 20 expressions of interest it was possible to start mapping a pipeline.