NSW Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation
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Surface Irrigation Automation Field Walk, Wee Waa, 2 March 2016
Don't miss this opportunity to see an automated permanent siphon layout and hear directly from the irrigator about how it is working.
Steve Carolan at "Waverley" has installed permanent siphons through the bank and will be explaining to growers what stimulated his change to this automated irrigation system and the ensuing benefits (these include a reduction of labour and manipulation of flow rates).
This will also be a great opportunity for growers to learn about how these types of works can be funded through the STBIFM program, meet irrigation automation experts, and to network with growers who have already adopted automation technologies.
- Visit the CottonInfo event page for further information about the field walk.
2016 Irrigation Automation Tour
An insight into labour savings, labour efficiency and control of water flows and levels across your farm.
If you weren't able to attend last year's Irrigation Automation Tour of northern VIC and southern NSW, jump on board for the recently announced second tour scheduled for the 24th and 25th February 2016.
If you are an irrigator within the Border Rivers, Namoi or Barwon Darling catchments, STBIFM will subsidise your cost of the tour (growers must make their own way to Griffith).
The tour is being hosted by the Irrigation Research and Extension Committee IREC and CottonInfo, and will showcase the automation technologies that are already in use in the southern irrigation industry.
- More information and a full itinerary is available on the CottonInfo site.
2015 Irrigation Automation Tour
In December 2015, over 40 irrigators and consultants travelled to Shepparton, Coleambally and Griffith to look at irrigation automation on dairy, rice and cotton farms.
There were a range of irrigation layouts and various levels of automation. The drivers for automation were often labour requirements and lifestyle, however a welcomed result has been improvements in water use efficiency, crop/pasture production and on-farm profitability.
The tour was a collaborative event, with NSW DPI Sustaining the Basin Irrigated Farm Modernisation, the Australian Government's Rural R&D program (Smarter Irrigation for Profit), CRDC , CottonInfo, Rubicon and Padman Stops all joining forces to make the tour a success.
You might be interested in this YouTube video about through-the-bank irrigation which Padman Stops have created using a ‘drone quadcopter’.
A comprehensive evaluation has been conducted to assess value of the tour. Results will be shared in due course.
Round 6 Funding Update:
Round 6 closed 30 October 2015. Applications received from the Border Rivers, Namoi and Barwon Darling catchments are currently being assessed.
Announcements are imminent and applicants will receive results of their application via the post.
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 $111M of funding from the 'Sustainable Rural Water Use & Infrastructure' program.
STBIFM will improve the long term sustainability of regional communities by allowing irrigators to adapt to reduced water availability and update irrigation infrastructure in the NSW Border Rivers, Gwydir, Namoi/Peel, Macquarie/Cudgegong and NSW Barwon Darling 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 each valley.
STBIFM is currently scheduled to conclude no later than June 2018 by which time all works must be complete. Availability of the program is dependent on the uptake of the program. Regular reviews will guide the ongoing availability.
DPI is also developing and delivering 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
New funding rounds
Funding for Round 6 has now closed.
Funding for Round 6 closed on Friday 30 October 2015.
Under this funding round the program eligible areas included:
- NSW Border Rivers: General security (Class B), high security and supplementary entitlement;
- Namoi River catchment downstream of Keepit Dam: General security, high security and supplementary entitlement; and,
- Barwon Darling: Unregulated (Class B and C) entitlement.
The installation and upgrade of water meters can be funded through the STBIFM program. Those undertaking an infrastructure project through the program are required to have compliant metering operating on their system before the project is finalised. As a result, STBIFM provides an excellent opportunity for irrigators to ensure their water metering will be compliant with the future requirements of the National Water Initiative.
22 April 2015
DPI previously held a series of application workshops to provide information regarding submitting an infrastructure application in the NSW Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation program.
A series of community meetings were held across the project region to provide information regarding the NSW Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation program. Irrigators and their advisors attended the meetings to receive current information on the recent changes to the program and to access assistance in preparing their IFWUEA.
If you were unable to attend the meetings, or would like to relive the experience, a copy of the meeting presentation has been provided.
Important Documents for Round 6
- Guidelines for Sustaining the Basin R6 AUGUST 2015.pdf
- IFWUEA information_Round 6.pdf
- Example IFWUEA_Round 6.pdf
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.
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