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Monday, 13 October 2008
Page: 5868


Senator Milne asked the Minister for Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 29 August 2008:

(1)   How much money has the Federal Government allocated to the construction of irrigation pipelines from the Meander River via water release from the Meander Dam in Tasmania.

(2)   Has the Tasmanian Government requested funds from the Federal Government for the construction of irrigation pipelines from the Meander River via the Meander Dam; if so, how much.

(3)   If funds have been allocated by the Federal Government, does this comply with the National Water Initiative and the National Competition Policy; if so, how.

(4)   Have funds been sought by the Tasmanian Government or allocated by the Federal Government to any other irrigation pipeline development in Tasmania; if so: (a) how much money has been sought or allocated; and (b) what are the locations of the pipelines involved.


Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   To date there has been no allocation of funds to the construction of irrigation pipelines from the Meander River via water release from the Meander Dam in Tasmania.

(2)   The Tasmanian Government has not formally requested any funds from the Australian Government for the construction of irrigation pipelines from the Meander River via water release from the Meander Dam.

(3)   No funds have been allocated by the Australian Government for the construction of irrigation pipelines from the Meander River via the Meander Dam.

(4)   The Tasmanian Government has not formally requested funds from the Australian Government for any specific irrigation pipeline development in Tasmania. To date there has been no allocation of funds by the Australian Government to any specific irrigation pipeline development in Tasmania. The Australian Government has committed up to $140 million towards supporting more efficient irrigation in Tasmania. The funding is subject to Tasmania’s agreement to a range of conditions related to implementation of National Water Initiative commitments. Individual projects will also require due diligence assessment, including accounting for the findings of the CSIRO Tasmanian Sustainable Yields Project due for completion in December 2009.