Australian Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce announced that 61 South Australian irrigation and industry projects will get over $65 million in funding from the Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP), part of the Commonwealth funded $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Program.
“The $265 million program was developed to help deliver South Australian outcomes under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. These projects will bring South Australia closer to the 40 gigalitre target for water recovery under SARMSP, as part of its overall Basin Plan targets,” Minister Joyce said.
“In Round One, more than 100 South Australian River Murray irrigators committed to returning over 20 gigalitres. Their swift implementation has seen the return of 15 gigalitres. Round Two funding has been offered to over 60 projects, with a further 14 gigalitres of water to be returned to the River – bringing South Australia to within 6 gigalitres of the 40 gigalitre target. Whether it is investing in efficiency on-farm or storage off-farm, all governments share a commitment to realising the best return for every dollar spent.”
According to the joint media release by Minister Joyce and SA Minister for Agriculture Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell, the successful projects cover traditional River Murray industries such as viticulture and citrus, as well as the rapidly growing almond industry.
The Fischers from Meningie, Thorne-Clarke Wines, Loxton apple growers Joyson Orchards and award-winning Fat Goose Fruits are some of the projects that will receive grants in Round 2.
“This is a significant opportunity for South Australia, particularly with the recent announcement by the Almond Board of Australia to locate the National Almond Centre of Excellence at our Loxton Research Centre,” said Minister Bignell.
“The South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program is one developed from the grassroots up and a good example of what the Commonwealth is aiming to achieve. This program has the broad goal of ensuring both water security and efficiency alongside productivity and economic development for our communities, and is assisting in reshaping the River Murray region,” said Federal Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Bob Baldwin.
For more detailed information, please go to www.pir.sa.gov.au/sarms-iiip