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Farm Water Program attracts $25.1million to the region in round 2

Tuesday 12 July, 2011
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA), on behalf of its consortium partners, has received in-principle approval of $25.1 million in Round Two of the Federal Government's On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program. This funding is to deliver improved surface flood irrigation to the northern Victorian irrigation region.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA), on behalf of its consortium partners, has received in-principle approval of $25.1 million in Round Two of the Federal Government's On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program. This funding is to deliver improved surface flood irrigation to the northern Victorian irrigation region.

Round Two of the Federal Government's On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program has just been announced by Minister Burke and Victoria has received approximately 50% of the $150 million funding available for Round Two. This funding will be distributed through five delivery agents in Victoria, with some also delivering in NSW, for a range of improved irrigation technologies.

The Federal Government's On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program is helping irrigation communities boost efficiency in on-farm water use whilst also returning more water to the environment.

Goulburn Broken CMA CEO, Mr. Chris Norman, was pleased to receive Round Two funding to complement the success of their consortium in delivering on Round One of the Program. "This $25.1million brings the total amount we have accessed for northern Victorian irrigators across both funding rounds to $50million of the $250million available".

Chris Norman also highlighted the high demand from local irrigators to be involved in the Program, "Whilst the $25.1million is gratefully received, it does not meet the demand from the pre-qualification applications we have had submitted to the Goulburn Broken CMA by local irrigation farmers. Consequently, the Goulburn Broken CMA led consortium will need to run a ballot process as only one in three pre-qualified projects are likely to receive funding from the current allocation."

"The Goulburn Broken CMA has been impressed with the commitment to this program from our region's farmers and we will continue to actively seek other sources of potential funding to complement this allocation."

For more information on the Goulburn Broken CMA led consortium Farm Water Program please contact Goulburn Broken CMA on 03 5820 1100.

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