$5 million to deliver water security in South Arm

Joint media release with the Tasmanian Minister for Primary Industries and Water Minister, Guy Barnett

The Morrison and Gutwein governments have announced $5 million in federal funding for the South Arm Recycled Water Pipeline as part of the $108 million National Water Grid Connections funding pathway. 

Assistant Minister for Industry Development and Senator for Tasmania Jonno Duniam said the National Water Grid Connections is about delivering short-term economic stimulus through small-scale projects. 

“This pipeline will allow water from the Blackmans Bay Water Treatment Plant to be delivered to the South Arm Peninsula for irrigation purposes,” Assistant Minister Duniam said. 

“It will improve the reliability of South Arm’s water infrastructure, support agricultural production and help to deliver water security across the region. 

“This is another example of the Morrison Government’s $3.5 billion National Water Grid Fund delivering tangible outcomes on the ground, right here in Tasmania. 

“It is part of a $20 million federal commitment under this funding pathway for Tasmanian projects to improve water reliability and efficiency across the state.”

Tasmanian Primary Industries and Water Minister Guy Barnett said the Tasmanian Liberal Government welcomes federal funding for water projects in Tasmania under the National Water Grid Connections funding pathway initiative. 

“Tasmania is already leading the nation in terms of new sustainable irrigation schemes that are boosting agriculture towards our goal of $10 billion value at the farm gate by 2050.

“These new projects will deliver enhanced water quality and reliability while also promoting regional economic growth and sustainability, particularly in areas like South East Tasmania.

“This project is an excellent example of the wise use of water, because we are providing sustainable irrigation water to communities without extracting water from our river systems,” Minister Barnett said.

Arm End Project Manager Craig Ferguson said the project was close to achieving its goal of providing Class A Water to the peninsula and all users.

“This infrastructure will be provided free of charge by Arm End to benefit the entire community of South Arm,” Mr Ferguson said. 

“Our future goal is that the South Arm community has access to Class A Water in a Tasmanian-first project which takes recycled water and converts it for community and agricultural use. The South Arm Pipeline project has the potential to transform the Peninsula just as the Coal River Valley water scheme has done.”

Media contact: Assistant Minister Duniam's office 02 6277 3034