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 $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 October 2017 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 Rounds 4 and 5 open on Monday 2 March 2015.
Under the new funding rounds, this program has expanded the eligible areas to include the Barwon – Darling catchment and expanded eligible entitlement types to include:
General security (Class B), high security and supplementary entitlement in the NSW Border Rivers
General security, high security and supplementary entitlement in the Lower Namoi, and
Unregulated (Class B and C) entitlement in the Barwon Darling.
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.
The only difference between Round 4 and Round 5 is the length of the round. Infrastructure Applications which relate to projects that are ready to proceed as soon as possible should be submitted under Round 4. Round 5 is intended for those projects which require further preparation before proceeding.
Round 4 closes on Wednesday 13 May 2015 and Round 5 closes on Wednesday 29 July 2015
A series of community meetings were recently 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 4 and 5
- STBIFM Program Guidelines, Rounds 4 and 5 (700KB, PDF)
- IFWUEA Form (840KB, DOC)
- IFWUEA Information Sheet (107KB, PDF)
- Example Irrigated Farm Water Use Efficiency Assessment (1MB, PDF)
27 February 2015
Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson and Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries have announced that the expanded Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation program (STBIFM) will deliver billions of litres in water savings.
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