How to get a Job at the Midlands Water Scheme Project, Tassie

In the ‘How to get a job at …….’ series we are going to be running over Australian Mining and Construction projects all over the country.  In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.  This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed.  The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.


About the Midlands Water Scheme Project

From the Tasmanian Irrigation Website

The Midlands Water Scheme is a large irrigation project designed to support the expansion of agriculture in the Tasmanian midlands through the provision of high surety water.  Irrigation water delivery is through two separate products, 150 day summer delivery and 215 day winter delivery of water.

The scheme has been designed around extraction of water from Arthurs Lake and delivery to the Midlands region of Tasmania.  Delivery occurs through 137km of pipeline, a 6MW Mini-hydro Station, 3 pump stations (383 kW, 1139kW and 51kW) and 500ML storage at Floods Creek.  The project does not require additional water to be taken from Arthurs Lake as it will only take water which Hydro Tasmania has agreed to forgo for power generation purposes.  As a result of this project the water levels at Arthurs Lake will remain consistently higher than they would be without the project extracting the water for irrigation.

From the Fulton Hogan Website

Fulton Hogan will design and construct the 33km pipeline from Arthur’s Lake to a small hydroelectric plant at Floods Creek.

General Manager for Construction – Southern, Tony Croagh, says the majority of the pipeline will be rubber ring jointed with 6km of welded steel, 1000 mm in diameter, and the major challenge will be managing the environmental impacts.

“We have limited access and we must construct the pipeline with minimal disturbance to the natural environment over some rugged terrain,” Tony said.

“This is an important first step into the Tasmanian market for Fulton Hogan. We are certain our past experience in delivering complex water infrastructure projects will allow us to exceed community expectations and create win win outcomes across the board.”

The project is scheduled to start in September 2012 and is scheduled for completion in December 2013.


Location Profile – Central & South East

Hamilton, Richmond, Huon Valley, Bruny Island, Huonville, Port Arthur, Tasman Peninsula, Geeveston, Southport, Sorell, Tourism, Agriculture, Convict Trail, History & Heritage, Surf, Fishing, National Parks, World Heritage Wilderness, Golf, Beaches, Kayaking, Wineries, Seafood, Wildlife, Hiking

 Population 35,797 (South East SA4 2011 ABS)

Huon Valley Council

Huon Valley – Rents as at Aug 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $170 – $275

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $210 – $320

4 Bed 2 Bath – $300 – $350

Huon Valley – House Prices as at Aug 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $125,000 – $595,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $125,000– $690,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $220,000 – $795,000

Climate data for Geeveston
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 39.5 36.9 36.4 29.5 25.0 23.1 18.1 23.7 27.7 31.0 34.0 37.0 39.5
Average high °C 21.7 22.0 20.1 17.3 14.5 12.3 12.0 13.0 14.7 16.4 18.3 19.9 16.8
Average low °C 9.9 9.8 8.4 6.3 4.7 2.2 2.2 3.0 4.5 6.0 7.6 8.6 6.1
Record low °C 0.8 0.1 -1.2 -2.8 -3.7 -5.2 -4.5 -4.4 -3.6 -1.4 0.0 1.0 -5.2
Avg. Rainfall mm 56.9 50.8 54.5 65.0 70.7 72.6 90.7 104.1 93.5 91.5 70.5 71.2 892.4
Avg.Rainy days 11.8 9.2 12.2 13.1 15.7 15.1 17.5 18.3 17.3 16.9 14.6 13.4 175.1


Companies Involved with the Midlands Water Scheme Project

Fulton Hogan – Construction from Arthurs Lake to Tunbridge including the Mini-hydro station.

Hazell Bros Group – Construction from Tunbridge through the Midlands Region including Floods Creek Dam.

Zezt – Supply of HDPE Pipe for distribution pipeline contract.


Occupations Required at the Midlands Water Scheme Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Cleaning
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Health & Safety


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Midlands Water Scheme Project

  • Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or TAS Licences
  • Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
  • Australian Drivers Licences
  • High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg. Forklifts, Mobile Crane, Loaders.
  • Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
  • Dogging/Rigging Tickets
  • First Aid Certificate


Interstate Licence Recognition

A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition


Midlands Water Scheme Union Greenfields Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.

 At this stage of the project no EBA’s can be found.  As we find the EBA’s them will be updated into this article.


Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.

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