On 5 August 2015, the Commonwealth and New South Wales Government announced $263.5 million (GST excl.) overall of in-principle funding to seven Delivery Partners in Round Five of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program with Waterfind receiving in-principle funding of $78.9 million. The funding has been made available to assist irrigators as part of the Government’s bridge the gap to sustainable diversion limits established in the Basin Plan.
Waterfind’s CEO Alister Walsh welcomed the announcement: ‘The Commonwealth On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program is all about future proofing agri-production in this country so that we can more efficiently use our resources to sustain and grow our agricultural industries. This program is fundamental to this process because it assists farmers to future proof their businesses and provides sustainable farm operations for future generations.’
The On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program provides grant funds to irrigators seeking to upgrade their irrigation delivery infrastructure, in return, irrigators return at least 50% of water savings to the Australian Government. The fifth round of the Programme is expected to return more than 70 Gigalitres to the environment.
Since its launch in 2009, the Programme has supported over 1,400 irrigators across VIC, SA and NSW, including more than 600 from NSW, in order to improve water efficiency on their properties. Round Five will support irrigation upgrades in the Southern Murray-Darling Basin. Waterfind has nine sub-project types and it is now preparing stage two assessment details.
Waterfind has their full level of funding committed, however, they would be keen to speak to irrigators who may have projects that could be eligible for funding. Waterfind can develop and submit these projects as ‘Reserve Projects’ should further funding become available. Reserve Projects will need to meet all On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program eligibility requirements.
To discuss eligibility of projects please contact our On-Farm Infrastructure Team for further information.
The types of projects expected to receive in-principle funding, include:
- laser levelling of paddocks
- upgrading overhead irrigation
- replacing flood irrigation
- modernising drip irrigation systems
- installing soil moisture monitoring and automation equipment.
In addition to the $78 million of Round Five in-principle funding, Waterfind also continues to deliver its Round Three and Round Four projects, which now sees the organisation with the potential to manage over $100 million in irrigation infrastructure projects.
Since 2013, Waterfind has been working with proponents in NSW, VIC and SA to deliver on farm efficiency projects. Bridget Ransome, Infrastructure and Project Team Lead at Waterfind said: ‘Meeting the commitments and expectations of clients within all stages of the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program is the company’s main goal.’
For further information about the On-Farm Programme contact the Waterfind On-Farm Team:
P: 1800 890 285
M: 0448 890 118 (Bridget Ransome, Infrastructure and Project Team Lead)
Waterfind is a pioneer in the water market industry with a strong focus on innovation, quality systems and customers. Since foundation we continue to develop the world’s only quality-endorsed water market system. Established in 2003, Waterfind developed a water market that expanded from a local focus on water supply and demand, to an industry which spans across Australia. At present, Waterfind facilitates the buying and selling of both permanent and temporary water across the major irrigation regions in NSW, QLD, SA and VIC.
Waterfind is a pioneer in the water market industry. The company has a strong focus on innovation and quality systems, which underpin their highly personalized service offering.
Established in 2003, Waterfind developed a quality endorsed water market system that expanded from a local focus on water supply and demand, to a national market that covers key agricultural industries and investors. At present, Waterfind facilitates the buying and selling of both permanent and temporary water across the major irrigation regions of NSW, QLD, SA and VIC.
M: 0448 890 428