Valley

Farm Water Program projects approved

Monday 15 November, 2010
Seventy eight projects for the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s Farm Water Program have been approved. The Authority’s Farm Water Program is one of the successful delivery partner projects to the first round of the $300 million On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program that is funded through the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.

Seventy eight projects for the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s Farm Water Program have been approved. The Authority’s Farm Water Program is one of the successful delivery partner projects to the first round of the $300 million On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program that is funded through the Australian Government's Water for the Future initiative.

In March 2010, a consortium of key regional organisations across the Goulburn Murray Water Service Area secured in principle funding of up to $25.8 million under the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program. In May, an Expression of Intent (EOI) process was run for irrigators across this area seeking to be involved in the program to modernise their farms.  

“So far 78 of the 81 improved flood irrigation projects have been approved and we are expecting the others to be approved shortly” said Goulburn Broken Catchment
Management Authority Chief Executive Officer, Chris Norman. 

This investment will result in more efficient farm irrigation infrastructure which will result in water savings being generated. These water savings will be shared equally by the irrigator and the Australian Government. 

“The Authority’s Farm Water Program is a win-win-win for irrigators, the regional community and the environment.” said Mr Norman.

For further information on the Farm Water Program, contact:

Megan McFarlane, Farm Water Program Manager on 03 5820 1100.