NSW Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation
An irrigation infrastructure modernisation initiative for New South Wales
Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) is a program being delivered by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI). The Australian Government are providing $83M of funding from the 'Sustainable Rural Water Use & Infrastructure' program.
STBIFM will improve the long term sustainability of regional communities by allowing irrigators to maintain or improve productivity, adapt to reduced water availability and provide water back to the environment through upgrading irrigation infrastructure in the NSW Border Rivers, Gwydir, Namoi/Peel and Macquarie/Cudgegong water management areas.
STBIFM aims to achieve water savings by improving on-farm water use efficiency (WUE) and reduce the direct extraction of water from the regulated river water sources from each valley.
STBIFM will be implemented up to October 2017 however, annual reviews of the uptake of the infrastructure incentives will guide the ongoing availability of funding opportunities and continuation of the project.
DPI will also develop and deliver a capacity building and skills development program to complement the infrastructure incentives.
For further specific enquiries on STBIFM please email: IFM.Info@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Communication to eligible participants regarding the publication of the STBIFM market multiplier
24 September 2014
The Australian Government recently released their Water recovery strategy for the Murray Darling Basin. This document shows the average market multiples for all major infrastructure projects funded by the Australian Government, including the STBIFM program. In addition, average market prices are available to the public.
Revised guidelines for Round 3 now available.
Application development workshops
2 October 2014
DPI recently ran a series of application development workshops to assist applicants to develop competitive project applications.
If you missed out or want to relive the experience, you can look at the presentation given by DPI staff.
Important points to consider
- Read the STBIFM Guidelines for Round 3
- Plan your project to address the losses identified in your IFWUEA
- Consider what is' Value for money' as projects are ranked on the basis of price per ML of water recovered ($/ML)
- Complete and submit the Infrastructure Application Form Round 3 by 5pm 17 October 2014
DPI has also developed a range of resources to assist irrigators to develop their infrastructure applications and cost their projects.
Presentation, Round 3 application development workshop
Costings overruns information sheet
Things to consider when planning an infrastructure project (video)
Things to consider when costing an infrastructure project (video)
Interview with Ned McCutcheon on costing earthworks (Podcast)
Questions-on-notice from the Application Development Workshops
In this section
- Eligibility and incentives
Eligibility criteria, project area maps, incentives available, case studies and testimonials.
- IFWUEAs and Irrigation Consultants
IFWUEA funding guidelines, how to submit an EOI, Example IFWUEA and forms.
Training opportunities and course information.
- Useful resources
General resources, irrigation management and evaluation resources, case studies, slide shows and videos.
- Useful links
Links to relevant programs and stakeholder websites.
- Update bulletins