NSW Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation
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
Funding now available for water saving projects
23 April 2014
Funding is now available for irrigators in the NSW Border Rivers and Lower Namoi regions under round three of the $83 million NSW Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation program.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Director Agricultural Resources, Rob Young said the funding will help farmers save water, improve efficiencies and invest in state-of-the-art irrigation infrastructure.
“The latest funding package follows two successful rounds which have supported 76 projects, valued at $39.6 million, and identified 15.2 gigalitres in water savings, with 67 per cent of these water savings earmarked to be returned to the environment,” Mr Young said.
Mr Young said round three will focus on the NSW Border Rivers and Namoi catchments.
“This targeted approach ensures the benefits of the program are shared across the Northern Basin,” Mr Young said.
“This approach aligns with the water recovery objectives of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
“Our irrigators are amongst the best in the world and this program will help farmers further improve infrastructure to help reduce risk in their businesses from droughts and changes in water availability.”
The funding and support package for eligible irrigators includes:
• Up to 80 per cent of the cost (to a maximum of $2,000 per farm) to undertake an irrigated farm water use efficiency assessment to identify irrigation water losses;
• Up to 80 per cent of the total project costs to implement approved water saving infrastructure projects;
• Training opportunities to assist irrigators and industry stakeholders in the operation and management of new or upgraded infrastructure to achieve the proposed water savings.
The project is funded by the Australian Government through the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure program.
Interested irrigators have until 30 May 2014 to lodge an expression of interest.
Further information on round three of NSW Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation Project funding will be made available on this website.
A number of community meetings will be held for interested irrigators. Further information is below.
Schedule of Community Meetings
Please contact Sandra Maybury (IFM.firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6938 1966) for further information on the above community meetings.
Round 3 open for business
DPI advises that Round three of funding is now open.
Several modifications have been made to the STBIFM program as a result of the internal review completed recently.
These modifications support DPI’s commitment to adaptive management to continually improve services, address the needs of clients.
DPI will be notifying current participants and Approved Irrigation Consultants of the changes to STBIFM and how it affects their participation in Round three.
DPI encourages all interested irrigators and consultants to review the summary document of the outcomes of the internal review and the resultant changes to the program.
All enquiries should be directed to IFM.email@example.com or your regional project staff member.
In this section
- Eligibility and incentives
Eligibility criteria, project area maps, incentives available, case studies and testimonials.
- IFWUEAs and Approved 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