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During the recent election campaign you promised to supersize tranche 3 of the Tasmanian Irrigation Scheme.
This was a promise to expand the Fingal, Don, Tamar, Sassafras and Northern Midlands schemes and was to include a further commitment of $100 million from the Federal Government.
Yesterday, in the Senate, it was revealed that on the eve of the early election, you sent off a rushed proposal to the then Deputy Prime Minister that failed to include even the basic information about demand, scope, costs and benefits.
Then, just days after the election, your request for funding was comprehensively rejected.
When were you planning to tell the public that your signature election commitment to Tasmanian farmers had been rejected by the federal government?
It will not be delivered now because your funding request was rejected. How are you going to fix it?
September 2, 2021 - 10:45am
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You have long promised farmers in the Tamar that you will start construction of the irrigation scheme by next year.
Can you confirm that the proposed integration of water delivery for future hydrogen production at Bell Bay by using the Tamar Irrigation Scheme is holding up progress for irrigators and creating uncertainty for hydrogen proponents?
Clearly, you need to be making decisions in the next few weeks if you remain committed to the timelines you have set for the Tamar Irrigation Scheme. Can you please outline where this decision-making process is at, and when our irrigators can expect a decision on the future of their scheme? When will farmers get an answer?
October 26, 2022 - 11:03am
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