A Northern Victorian consortium has secured more than $200 million from the Australian Government’s On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Program ($46 million); the Victorian Government’s NVIRP ($16 million); the Victorian On Farm State Priority Projects initiative ($43 million); and the Victorian Farm Modernisation Project ($100 million). The consortium administers the program through its Farm Water Program to assist irrigators to achieve water savings by improving on-farm irrigation systems. At least half the water saved is transferred to the Australian or Victorian governments for environmental purposes.
Victorian Farm Modernisation Project – update
Ninety-eight projects are now being rolled out through Round 5 of the Farm Water Program, funded through the Victorian Farm Modernisation Project (VFMP).
With a number of reviews into water recovery programs in Victoria and the Murray Darling Basin currently under way, calls for future rounds of the Farm Water Program have been put on hold.
The Farm Water Program consortium members will continue to work together to support irrigators and regional jobs and are looking at ways to develop and fund a program that will increase farm water efficiency without water transfer.
Support for irrigators to think through how to adapt their farm business and property in response to reduced water availability, supply modernisation and other drivers of change is available through the Plan2Farm and the whole farming planning programs.
Farm Water Program Consortium Partners
The current Farm Water Program Consortium Partners include: