30 March 2016, 10:26AM

NSW Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation

Round 7

After 6 successful funding rounds, irrigators in the NSW Border Rivers, Lower Namoi and Barwon Darling catchments can now apply for funding under Round 7 of the NSW Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) program.

The program is now moving into its final stages and irrigators are encouraged to apply for funding to modernise their irrigation infrastructure and improve on-farm water use efficiency.

The objective of the STBIFM program is to improve the long term sustainability of regional communities by subsidising activities that enable irrigators to maintain or improve productivity and adapt to the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

STBIFM funding is provided through the Australian Government’s Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program and is implemented by the NSW Department of Primary Industries – Agriculture (DPI).

The program commenced on 4 June 2012 and is currently scheduled to conclude no later than 30 June 2018. The maximum expenditure of the program is $111 million.

It is anticipated that available funds for infrastructure upgrades will be fully committed by December 2016. However, availability of the program is dependent on uptake, and is guided by regular reviews. There is no guarantee of funding in any round.

The program operates in water management areas of the northern NSW Murray Darling Basin. Refer to map below.

Eligible irrigators in the NSW Border Rivers, Gwydir, Namoi/Peel, Macquarie/Cudgegong and BarwonDarling catchments may access Irrigated Farm Water Use Efficiency Assessment (IFWUEA) funding and participate in subsidised training and capacity building activities associated with the program. Irrigators utilising an eligible water entitlement in the NSW Border Rivers, Lower Namoi and BarwonDarling catchments may also apply for infrastructure modernisation funding.