by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
TAS Country : July 21st 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011 Tasmanian Country 3 News Ringarooma water scheme moves closer KAROLIN MacGREGOR WORK on the $30.8 million Ringarooma Irrigation scheme could soon be under way after the scheme's preferred option was officially released late last week. Primary Industries Minister Bryan Green unveiled the preferred scheme at a meeting of farmers and landowners in Ringarooma on Friday. Under the scheme, 9000ML of water will be supplied to about 35 farmers operating 43 farms in the region who have expressed an interest in buying water. A storage dam will be built on Dunns Creek and then water in the scheme will be supplied to the farms through 42km of underground pipelines. Mr Green said the scheme had the potential to provide a huge boost for agricultural production in the region. He said at present only about half of the 10,000ha of irrigable land in the area was under irrigation. Water will be piped to farms in the Ringarooma, Ledgerwood, Branxholm, Talawa, Alberton and Trenah districts. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers As- sociation chief executive Jan Davis wel- comed the announcement of the preferred scheme. ''The upper Ringarooma catchment is one of our best areas for beef, sheep and dairy production,''she said. ''It is prime agricultural land, but less than half of the irrigable area is irrigated. We reckon that most of the new water supply will be used for dairying. The rest will irrigate poppies and potatoes and land used for finishing livestock.'' Work on the scheme is scheduled to get underway in September next year and the scheme should be operational by 2014. Irrigators will provide about $10 million towards the capital costs of the scheme through purchasing water entitlements. The cost to irrigators will be $1175 per megalitre to secure a water right. Farmers who buy water from the scheme will also be required to pay between $30-$85 ML a year for on-going pumping and supply costs. The rest of the scheme will be financed by a combination of State and Federal Government funds. ''The Government wants to work with the North-East community on every op- portunity that presents itself for develop- ment and this is another significant investment in the future of the region,'' Mr Green said. A second round of expressions of interest will now be sought from land- owners, so a full business case for the Ringarooma scheme can be developed. The announcement comes after work on the Headquarters Rd dam near Scottsdale was recently completed and the dam is now starting to fill. Construction of the Winnaleah scheme is now also under way. The plan outlined The cost to irrigators will be $1175 per megalitre for a water right. Farmers who buy water from the scheme will also be required to pay between $30-$85 ML a year for on- going pumping and supply costs. Under the scheme, 9000ML of water will be supplied to about 35 farmers, operating 43 farms Work on the scheme is start in September next year and the scheme should be operational by 2014. 2034287-110715 TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania Soil test now for correct fertilizer application JOHN SYKES: Scheme will be good for the district. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN. Security worth the cost KAROLIN MacGREGOR 'It's not cheap water and everyone will have to do their sums, but I guess it's the way things are going' ---JOHN SYKES FARMERS say the pro- posed Ringarooma Irri- gation Scheme will help secure their future. About 35 irrigators op- erating 43 farms have expressed interest in buy- ing water rights from the $30.8 million Ringarooma scheme. The scheme will supply about 9000ML of water annually with a 95 per cent surety. Local dairy farmer Stan Cox heads up a steering committee of lo- cal farmers who have been working with Tas- manian Irrigation on the scheme. Mr Cox said that over- all the scheme would bring significant benefits for farmers and the wider community. ''The main thing is it's going to bring surety to the scheme, so we know we're going to have that water available every year,'' he said. Mr Cox said water from the scheme would be used for a variety of purposes, from irrigating pastures for dairy production, beef and sheep operations through to cropping. ''I think farmers are quite happy because they realise they need it . . . the water is quite expensive, but they realise that it will also give them surety,'' he said. ''Helpfully it will help some people expand and they will have more confi- dence to invest.'' John Sykes also dairy farms in the area and said that while they rarely had problems with access to water under the exist- ing water rights sys- tem, the new scheme would be more of an insurance policy. ''It's not cheap water and everyone will have to do their sums, but I guess it's the way things are going. ''I think it will be good for the district . . . it's a great insurance policy and it needs to happen. ''We're the ones pay- ing for it though and the environment will be the winner.'' Part of the large storage dam that will be built on Dunns Creek to hold the water for the scheme will cover a small area of Mr Sykes's property. ''We've never really had problems with access to irrigation water in this area, but you just don't know what will happen in the future,'' Mr Sykes said. He said getting con- nected to the scheme may require some landowners to put in their own on- farm storage dams and other infrastructure, which would also add to the cost. A second round of ex- pressions of interest will now be sought from local farmers before Tasman- ian Irrigation develops an official business case for the scheme. New rural and regional Uni grants From a rural or regional area and going to Uni for the first time in Semester 2, 2011? You could be eligible for a grant under the Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund. For more information check the website www.deewr.gov.au/rthf or call 1800 020 108 AG47425
July 14th 2011
July 28th 2011