Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nulla quis nibh risus. Pellentesque euismod, nisi id porttitor facilisis, enim lectus pulvinar leo, eu placerat elit mauris vitae sem. Quisque sagittis accumsan mi, non tristique orci viverra sit amet. Maecenas ac elit vitae sem scelerisque bibendum. Donec viverra augue mi, quis dapibus libero. Aliquam sit amet pretium orci. Maecenas fermentum lacus non massa sollicitudin tincidunt.

Advanced Search

$100m boost for Northern Victorian irrigators

Tuesday, 13 August 2013
The Victorian and Commonwealth governments have today announced a new $100 million on-farm irrigation upgrade program that will save water for farmers and the environment across 54,000 hectares in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District.
The Victorian Farm Modernisation Project is a win for both irrigators and the environment, with the project expected to deliver 53 gigalitres (GL) of water savings, of which 30GL will go to the environment.
Minister for Water Peter Walsh said in return for funding to upgrade on-farm irrigation systems, participating Goulburn-Murray irrigators would return 55 per cent of their water savings to the Commonwealth and retain the remaining 45 per cent for their own use.
“When Victoria negotiated the Basin Plan, we insisted that smarter use of water would deliver a plan that balanced the needs of irrigation communities and the environment,” Mr Walsh said.
“The Victorian Farm Modernisation Project demonstrates that water recovery can be achieved without undermining our valuable irrigated agriculture sector.
“These water savings will help to meet Victoria’s remaining commitment to return water to the environment, under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and the upgrade will give irrigators the modernised infrastructure on their farms to use water more efficiently,” Mr Walsh said.
Mr Walsh said the Victorian Farm Modernisation Project will run parallel with the Goulburn Murray Water Connections Project, and there will be three opportunities between 2013 and 2019 for irrigators to apply for funding.
“The Victorian Farm Modernisation Project will align with the G-MW Connections Project, which is investing more than $2 billion to provide a more efficient and affordable irrigation delivery network across Northern Victoria,” Mr Walsh said.
“Recent case studies show a modernised farm connected to a modernised supply system can also increase pasture yield and improve farm labour efficiency, as well as deliver water savings.
“The type of works that may be funded include laser grading, drainage water reuse systems, automation of irrigation systems, conversions to pressurised irrigation, and replacement of farm channels with pipes and risers.”
In addition to the water savings, Victorian Farm Modernisation Project is also expected to deliver benefits to river and stream health by lowering salt and nutrient loads by reduced run-off in the Goulburn and Murray catchments.
The Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District is the largest irrigation district in the Murray-Darling Basin, covering about 68,000 square kilometres. In 2010-11 it contributed about $1.6 billion gross value of agricultural production in Victoria.
More than 761 GL of water that contributes to ‘bridging the gap’ to the sustainable diversion limits under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has already been secured from Victoria.
The Victorian Farm Modernisation Project will be administered by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA), on behalf of the Farm Water Program consortium.
Details on how irrigators can apply for the first round of funding will be available shortly. 
Goulburn Broken CMA expect to open the call for registrations of interest by the end of the month.
The Victorian Farm Modernisation Project funding is specific to Northern Victoria, and is in addition to the recently announced Commonwealth On Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program Round Four funding for the southern connected Murray-Darling Basin.
For more information about the Farm Water Program, visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or call (03) 5820 1100.
Joomla Plugin