Namoi Water is the peak industry group for irrigated agriculture in the Peel, Upper Namoi and Lower Namoi Valleys in the North West of  NSW.

We are a non-profit, non-political organisation supporting our members to achieve a sustainable irrigation industry that meets the environmental, economic and social needs of our local communities. 



Floodplain Harvesting Licensing project is progressing in the Gwydir and Border Rivers.

Native Vegetation Self assessment codes of practice, NSW Department of Environment and Heritage.

Background: Approximately 520 submissions were received on the exhibited self-assessment codes.  Another 50 submissions were received after the closing date. These have now also been included as it was decided they would add value to the analysis process making the overall tally of submissions at approximately 570. These have now been coded and tabulated.

Submissions were received from individuals, environmental groups, farming groups and Associations, both Local and NSW Government sectors. There was also 26 field trials conducted across NSW by Local Land Services (LLS) which road tested each of the draft codes. Landholder feedback from these field trials are being treated as submissions.

Now: OEH is currently undertaking the initial submission analysis and preparing a summary report. It is envisaged this will be completed by end of July and will be published with all submissions (not marked confidential) on OEH website.

Future: The code project teams will consider the analysis report and submissions and make changes to draft self-assessment codes, as required. Recommendations from each code project team will then be made to the Minister for his consideration.

 Further updates will be provided on the OEH website as the analysis process progresses.

NSW Sustaining the Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) project

As you are aware, NSW DPI has made changes to the Irrigated Farm Water Use Assessment (IFWUEA) component for Round 3.

Completing an IFWUEA of on-farm irrigation water losses is now a prerequisite of applying for infrastructure modernisation funding.

The IFWUEA incentive available through STBIFM covers 80% of the costs to a maximum of $2000 per farming business for preparing the IFWUEA.

The purpose of the IFWUEA in Round 3 is to identify where on-farm irrigation water losses occur and provide a quantification of those losses.

Information from the IFWUEA will assist irrigators to develop a funding proposal for infrastructure modernisation which addresses the on-farm irrigation water losses of their enterprise.  

The IFWUEA will become a component of any subsequent infrastructure funding application that an irrigator chooses to submit and will be used during the assessment of the application to ensure proposals address water losses identified in the IFWUEA.

Dates announced for IFWUEA workshops

To support participating irrigators and their irrigation consultants in the preparation of IFWUEAs, DPI is running a series of workshops across the project region. These short workshops will help participants understand the new requirements and provide an opportunity to ask questions of the STBIFM team.  

All participating irrigators and their consultants planning to undertake an IFWUEA are encouraged to attend.  

Tuesday 22 July

9 - 11 am

Smithurst Meeting Room, next to Gunnedah Town Hall, 144 Conadilly Street, Gunnedah

Tuesday 22 July

3 - 5 pm

Wee Waa Bowling Club, 69 Alma Street, Wee Waa

Wednesday 23 July

9 - 11am

Lucerne Room, Goondiwindi Training & Technology Centre, 15-21 Russell St


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Extractive Industries

Independent CSG Science Forum - Parliament House : Namoi Water participated as part of the Steering Committee for the forum held earlier last month. Over 130 people attended the Science and Law workshops, concluding with final panel forum which included a presentation from Professor Tony Ingraffea from Cornell University on Well Integrity. See Link : Coal Seam Gas Forum Website

Namoi Water Study : The Namoi Water study is now complete please see below links to the reports. The Namoi Community Network is still seeking release of the Geoscience Australia peer review of the final report that currently sits with the Resource Minister Anthony Roberts.

Reports Phase I, Phase II, Phase III, Phase IV   Final Scenario 7 has still not been released despite report being finalised in July 2012

Mining and CSG Exploration Notices

Independent Expert Scientific Committee (Federal Committee) Reports,  


Coal Seam Gas by the Numbers ABC