Since 2001, irrigators in the Northern Rivers region have had to maintain their businesses with lower than normal river flows and with water sharing plans being developed which they feel may further impact on their ability to access irrigation water.
The former Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA), in conjunction with NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), recognised that, if it was to achieve the environmental objectives of the water plans, irrigators would need to adapt their businesses.
A program was developed to support some demonstration irrigation developments that improved irrigation efficiency, and reduced the irrigator’s dependence on unreliable low flows in the river.
This booklet presents an overview of some of these projects. It explores how effective they have been and how the irrigators involved feel about their goals and achievements.