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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.

Further enquiries to: [email protected]

Twenty two irrigators and consultants made the most of the opportunity to discuss their IFWUEA development with DPI at the recent workshops held across the project region.

Rob Hoogers, IFWUEA Coordinator said there was a lot of very valuable discussion around the changes to IFWUEAs for Round 3 and what was now required.

“It was good to be able to discuss any queries and bed down the expectations of what an IFWUEA will cover for Round 3 given the changes from previous rounds.”

“Everyone seemed quite happy with the changes.”

“Consultants responded positively, indicating they think this is a valid way to support the planning of good infrastructure projects,” Mr Hoogers said.

IFWUEAs must be submitted and verified by DPI prior to submitting an infrastructure application in Round 3.

Submission have now closed for round 3.

DPI encourages all eligible irrigators and consultants to review the information presented at the IFWUEA workshops.

Contact your regional DPI contact to discuss any issues further or email [email protected]

Frequently asked questions

IFWUEA information document

Example IFWUEA