Tasmania Connections package


Estimated Cost:

Estimated cost
$52.1 million

Water infrastructure projects under the Tasmania Connections package include new and extended pipelines, and new and expanding reusable water schemes. These projects will increase availability and reliability of water for agricultural producers. Collectively, these benefits will contribute to delivering secure and affordable water for rural and regional Australia.

Tasmanian water infrastructure projects under the Connections pathway include:

  • Greater Meander Irrigation Scheme Augmentation
    • Open supply channels will be converted to new and extended pipelines, to provide an additional 12,500 megalitres of water for irrigators.
  • Shellfish Lease Water Quality Improvement Program
    • 84 sewage pump stations will be upgraded, to improve water quality for shellfish production.
  • Penna Recycled Water Scheme Expansion
    • An existing reuse scheme will be expanded to enable effluent to be reused, increasing availability and reliability of water for local agricultural producers.
  • South Arm Recycled Water Pipeline
    • A new recycled water irrigation pipeline will be constructed to provide high-quality irrigation water to the South Arm Peninsula, allowing the region’s primary producers to expand operations and transition to higher value agriculture.

Collectively, these projects are expected to deliver:

  • Up to 53 jobs during construction and 71 ongoing jobs
  • 295 megalitres in additional storage capacity
  • Up to 14.2 gigalitres per annum increased water availability
  • Up to 2945 hectares of irrigable and more than 40 new customers or properties connected to water supply.

More information on national Connections packages.

Who's involved

The package of projects is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($20 million) and TasWater and other partners ($32.1 million).

Australian Government Funding source

Australian Government funding is provided through the National Water Grid Fund.

Project status

Construction of the package has commenced and is expected to be completed in mid 2023.