Minister Welcomes Legislative Council’s Inquiry Report On Tasmanian Irrigation

Minister Welcomes Legislative Council’s Inquiry Report On Tasmanian Irrigation

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Sarah Courtney

Tasmania On Right Track To Deliver Better Irrigation

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Primary Industries and Water Sarah Courtney today welcomed the Legislative Council’s Inquiry report on Tasmanian Irrigation.

“Report endorses the Tasmanian Irrigation public-private partnership model to provide high reliability irrigation water to Tasmanian farmers.” Minister Courtney said.

“Water security gives farmers the confidence to further invest in their farms, growing our agricultural sector and creating jobs in regional Tasmania.”

Report recognises the success of Tasmanian Irrigation in rolling out irrigation schemes, as well as the boost the irrigation schemes have provided for agricultural productivity and on-farm investment.

Accounting for all 5 recommendations, the report also credits the path we are already on with the Tasmanian Irrigation Board and Management in terms of managing costs, improving transparency and accountability, and improving communication and engagement with irrigators.

“Expanding the state-wide irrigation network is a key part of the Hodgman Government’s AgriFood Plan 2018-2023, which supports our vision to grow the value of agriculture to $10 Billion by 2050.” Minister Courtney said.

Just last week the State Government announced that the $496 Million Pipeline to Prosperity, or third tranche of irrigation schemes, would lead Tasmania’s latest submission to Infrastructure Australia for consideration for the National Infrastructure Priority List.

“Pipeline to Prosperity is another element of our plan to improve the lives of Tasmanians and has the potential to deliver an additional $114 Million p.a. to the agriculture sector, and our economy more broadly.” Minister Courtney said.