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Hydro Tasmania Agrees to Higher Lake Levels at Arthurs and Woods Lakes

On Thursday 31 March, the Minister for Primary Industries and Water Bryan Green witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Hydro Tasmania and Inland Fisheries Service which will help ensure higher lake levels for Arthurs and Woods lakes in the future. He said that Tasmania’s most popular trout lakes were set to provide even better fishing for anglers and boost the fishery’s world class reputation.

 
The Minister for Primary Industries and Water Bryan Green said Tasmania’s most popular trout lakes were set to provide even better fishing for anglers and boost the fishery’s world class reputation.

Mr Green said an agreement has been reached between Hydro Tasmania and the Inland Fisheries Service for higher water levels at Arthurs and Woods lakes in the Central Highlands.

“This will maintain the quality fishing experience at the lakes and protect the environmental values of these important fisheries while recognising their importance to hydro generation and irrigation,” Mr Green said.

“Arthurs Lake is the most popular trout fishing destination in Tasmania closely followed by Great Lake and Woods Lake and all support large self sustaining populations of brown trout.

Mr Green said a Memorandum of Understanding between Hydro Tasmania and Inland Fisheries will see higher water levels maintained at the lakes.

“This reflects a genuine spirit of cooperation for the ongoing management of our freshwater resources.

Mr Green said the MOU would balance the need for electricity generation with the management of the lakes for recreation and irrigation.

“The three inter-connected lakes are managed by Hydro Tasmania primarily for hydro electric power generation.

“Water retained in Arthurs Lake is pumped into Great Lake and also released into Woods Lake and from there is used downstream via the Lake and Macquarie Rivers for irrigation.

Mr Green said it was also planned to use water from Arthurs Lake via a pipeline for the proposed Midlands Irrigation Scheme, and that this use is consistent with the MOU.

“The Midlands scheme is the biggest irrigation project planned under the government’s water development strategy and will supply water to almost 500 farms from Perth to Kempton.

“There will be no additional draw down from Arthurs Lake as a result of the Midlands Water Scheme because it will only use water that would have otherwise been used by Hydro Tasmania to generate electricity.

“Given the fishery’s world class status it is very important that environmental and recreational values are factored into Hydro Tasmania’s ongoing management.

“Ultimately this will benefit anglers in terms of better fishing as well as improved water quality, ecological stability and the sustainable management of these important fisheries,” Mr Green said.



Source: TAS Fisheries



 

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