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Infrastructure Focus Areas

"Water delivered sustainably to its most productive use"

Strategic Directions

Coordinated Infrastructure Planning

Effective Governance
and Decision Making

Viable and Sustainable Infrastructure

Efficient Infrastructure Delivery

Leveraging our
Natural Advantage

Infrastructure optimised for delivery of water sustainably to its most productive use

Build the best practice regulatory regime (ie transparent, accountable, consistent, predictable, and consultative)

Economically sustainable community managed irrigation schemes and water corporations

Integrated Supply and Demand Planning for the water and sewerage sector

Land and water resources optimised for sustainable agricultural production

Infrastructure planning coordinated with land use planning

 

Water resource management based on real time information on water availability and use

Integrated irrigation and urban water supply systems

Tasmania recognised internationally as a reliable supplier of sustainably produced irrigated agricultural produce

Urban and rural water systems integrated

 

Urban water funded on a sustainable basis

Corporatised cost-effective delivery of urban water services

Vibrant food processing sector

Current Activities to achieve Strategic Directions

Coordinated Infrastructure Planning

Effective Governance
and Decision Making

Viable and Sustainable Infrastructure

Efficient Infrastructure Delivery

Leveraging our
Natural Advantage

Regional Land Use Planning projects
(0-3)

Urban water and sewerage corporations established
(tick)

Signatory to the National Water initiative (NWI) committing Tasmania to water reform, placing an emphasis on sustainable planning, pricing, and water trading
(tick)

Regional corporations will help to consolidate urban networks and service delivery
(0-10)

Implementation of Irrigation Water Infrastructure Program informed by sound knowledge of resource availability and demand for water taking into account climate change
(0-3)

 

Establishment of a Corporatised sector including licensing framework which exhibits economies of scale, has borrowing capacity, is arms-length from Government, is adaptable and has professional supply planning
(tick)

Address boiled water alerts for Tasmanian communities

The establishment of a Water and Sewerage Economic Regulator  ensures efficient and quality infrastructure delivery. The establishment of an Ombudsman ensures that customers' rights are protected (tick)

Clear recognition of opportunities for water development, given reliable water yields, particularly during winter
(0-3)

 

Establish urban water and sewerage economic regulator and ombudsman
(tick)

Assessment of future water resource availability now and into future through the use of hydrological models and climate change modelling
(tick)

Allowing prices to signal when infrastructure investment and service delivery is efficient
(5-10)

National recognition of the scope for sustainable irrigation development at the same time that agricultural production in the Murray-Darling Basin is facing water availability pressures
(0-5)

 

Consolidated responsibility - from Councils to regional Corporations
(tick)

Identification of strategically important irrigation schemes  around the State that will provide up to an additional 300 GL of water and remain open to further opportunities(tick)

Continue to develop community managed irrigation schemes that optimise the delivery of water to farming enterprises
(0-10)

Building and maintaining investor confidence in water development through secure water access entitlements, effective water markets and trading and water resource accounting
(tick)

Initiate Activities to achieve Strategic Directions

Coordinated Infrastructure Planning

Effective Governance
and Decision Making

Viable and Sustainable Infrastructure

Efficient Infrastructure Delivery

Leveraging our
Natural Advantage

Central co-ordination of Government regional planning responsibilities 

Annual State of the Industry Report for the Tasmanian Urban Water and Sewerage Sector (Prepared by the Economic Regulator)
(tick)

Dam safety program to ensure that the Tasmanian community is confident that dams are built and maintained safely
(tick)

Rural water pricing framework that is consistent with National Water Initiative pricing principles and which is independently assessed by the National Water Commission
(tick)

Improving capacity of farmers to use irrigation water efficiently and sustainably
(0-3)

 

Develop a price and service standard framework to identify communities that are entitled to various levels of service
(0-3)

Tasmanian Irrigation Development Board charter requires that all schemes they construct are economically viable and environmentally sustainable
(tick)

Briefing paper submitted to Infrastructure Australia for comment on Tasmanian water and sewerage reforms
(tick)

Tas Institute of Agricultural Research (TIAR) leading research, development and extension into land capability, high value crops  and value chains
(0-3)

 

Continue development of statutory Water Management Plans to include all catchments of high water demand
(0-5)

Farm Water Development Plans provide analysis of on-farm irrigation water needs and ensure broader environmental sustainability of irrigation development
(0-3)

Monitor servicing

Transitioning from lower value land use to higher value land use through improved water availability and reliability
(0-3)

 

Legislative basis for the establishment of Water Districts to enable community managed irrigation schemes
(tick)

Sustainable water allocation policies Statewide
(tick)

Introduction of effective asset management strategies by corporations - monitored and enforced by the Economic Regulator
(0-3)

 

 

Streamlined regulatory regime for approval of dams through the Assessment Committee for Dam Construction
(tick)

Identify and prioritise water and sewerage network extension  including those projects required to address service and compliance
(0-3)

Introduction of effective asset management strategies by rural scheme managers  consistent with National Water Initiative principles
(tick)

 

 

Tasmanian Irrigation Development Board and Tasmanian Irrigation Schemes established to develop, construct and manage irrigation schemes
(tick)

Concept paper submitted to Infrastructure Australia for comment on the food bowl concept focusing on potential future irrigation projects
(tick)

Increasing capacity of water users to manage irrigation schemes
(1-3)

 

 

Separation of powers between regulation, service delivery and policy moving towards best practice regulation for urban water
(tick)

Urban Water Pricing Principles (COAG), once finalised and endorsed will assist in ensuring the cost recovery and reinvestment in infrastructure
(0-3)

Facilitate provision of finance options to farmers to help them develop on-farm irrigation infrastructure and systems
(tick)

 

 

Introduce co-ordinated regulatory regime linking evidence based policy with planning, urban water infrastructure requirements and associated regulation
(5-10)

Introduction of effective urban water demand management strategies (primarily by corporations)
(3-5)

Monitor service performance and pricing for water and sewerage against price and service plans
(3-5)

 

 

 

The regional urban water and sewerage corporations to submit price and service plans to the regulator for the first price determination.  The plans will outline infrastructure requirements  and planning)
(0-3)

 

 

 

 

State Water Plan integrating urban and rural water use
(0-3)

Water planning and management charges consistent with National Water Initiative pricing principles to ensure transparent water charges based on cost recovery and reinvestment in infrastructure
(tick)

 

 

 

 

Metering of all significant rural water use to enable auditing of water taken against water access entitlements
(0-3)

 

 

(tick) = completed
(0-3) = 0 to 3 years to completion
(1-3) = 1 to 3 years to completion
(3-5) = 3 to 5 years to completion
(5-10) = 5 to 10 years to completion