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
IFWUEA workshops announced
11 July 2014
NSW DPI has made changes to the Irrigated Farm Water Use Assessment (IFWUEA) component for Round 3.
Completing an IFWUEA of on-farm irrigation water losses is now a prerequisite of applying for infrastructure modernisation funding.
The IFWUEA incentive available through STBIFM covers 80% of the costs to a maximum of $2000 per farming business for preparing the IFWUEA.
The purpose of the IFWUEA in Round 3 is to identify where on-farm irrigation water losses occur and provide a quantification of those losses.
Information from the IFWUEA will assist irrigators to develop a funding proposal for infrastructure modernisation which addresses the on-farm irrigation water losses of their enterprise.
The IFWUEA will become a component of any subsequent infrastructure funding application that an irrigator chooses to submit and will be used during the assessment of the application to ensure proposals address water losses identified in the IFWUEA.
Dates for IFWUEA workshops
To support irrigators eligible for Round 3 and their irrigation consultants in the preparation of IFWUEAs, DPI is running a series of workshops across the project region.
These short workshops will help participants understand the new requirements and provide an opportunity to ask questions of the STBIFM team.
All irrigators eligible for Round 3 (ie NSW Border Rivers and Lower Namoi water management areas) and their irrigation consultants planning to undertake an IFWUEA are encouraged to attend.
Gunnedah, Tuesday 22 July, 9 - 11 am, Smithurst Meeting Room, next to Gunnedah Town Hall, 144 Conadilly Street
Wee Waa, Tuesday 22 July, 3 - 5 pm, Wee Waa Bowling Club, 69 Alma Street
Goondiwindi, Wednesday 23 July, 9 - 11am, Lucerne Room, Goondiwindi Training & Technology Centre, 15-21 Russell St
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