The development of new and highly water efficient irrigation projects in Tasmania will receive a $14.8 million boost from the Federal Government.
The funding was announced today by the Commonwealth Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, and Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water, David Llewellyn.
This funding forms part of the Australian Government’s election commitment to contribute up to $140 million towards the development of modern and efficient irrigation in Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Government has also committed up to $80 million through its Water Infrastructure Fund.
"The Australian Government’s initial payment of $14.8 million will contribute to the development of comprehensive project plans and business cases for a range of proposed irrigation schemes in Tasmania," Sen Wong said.
Mr Llewellyn said the funds announced today would assist Tasmania to undertake several sustainable irrigation infrastructure developments to help the state use its water resources within the irrigation sector in a sustainable and efficient manner.
"The Tasmanian Government has reached an important agreement with the Australian Government and I am pleased that we have committed $80 million to the program through our Water Infrastructure Fund," Mr Llewellyn said.
The Federal Government’s commitment includes $4.2 million for the CSIRO Tasmania Sustainable Yields project that is expected to be finalised soon.
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