The Australian and Tasmanian Governments are delivering jobs and investment for Tasmania’s agricultural sector with the preferred design option for the Fingal Irrigation Scheme launched today.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler said the $49.37 million scheme would deliver 12,600 megalitres of high-surety irrigation water to farmers along the South Esk River between Fingal and Powranna.

“This is fantastic news for farmers and their workers in the region who will benefit from much-needed water surety,” Senator Chandler said.

“It will not only support existing jobs in the region, but will also create up to 60 full-time-equivalent jobs during construction and a further 78 once operational.

“It confirms the Morrison Coalition Government’s commitment to helping our farmers to diversify and expand their existing farming operations, to the benefit of Tasmanian jobs.”

This 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, plus the investment from farmers.

“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, our 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.

“It’s another demonstration of the Australian and Tasmanian Governments working together to help those working in our vital primary industries, while creating additional jobs in the process.”