Improved irrigation infrastructure is delivering triple bottom line outcomes for communities, economies and environments in the Murray-Darling Basin.
Continuing his tour of the northern NSW Basin today, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment Bob Baldwin, met with the Trangie-Nevertire Irrigation Scheme about its recently upgraded pump site.
“It’s a great pleasure to be on the ground in Trangie to learn more about this project, which has modernised irrigation networks to support scores of farmers and the local community,” Mr Baldwin said.
“The Australian Government contributed $115 million to this scheme under Round 1 of the Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program in NSW.
“The upgraded infrastructure is providing substantial benefits to farmers through the supply of regular and quality water for homes and for stock.
“This project will return on average over the long term 11,516 megalitres of water each year to the environment, creating significant benefits to the Macquarie Marshes and other environmental assets.”
The project, which was completed at the end of 2014, involved modernising the irrigation supply network, and installing over 270 kilometres of stock and domestic water supply pipelines to 85 properties to provide farmers with a reliable source of high quality water.
Other project works included reshaping and lining 153 kilometres of water delivery channels, upgrading and installing more efficient irrigation technologies to farms and removing 75 kilometres of old water delivery channels.
“This project, along with legislation currently before Parliament to cap water buybacks to 1500 gigalitres, provides certainty to communities in this region,” Mr Baldwin said.
“We want to ensure the health of the Basin for future generations and projects like this deliver the best triple bottom line outcomes for communities, economies and the environment.”
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the project is a good example of how the Australian Government is fulfilling its commitment to meeting the infrastructure needs of regional Australia.
“By improving the efficiency and productivity of our irrigation industry, we are putting Australian irrigation communities on a more sustainable path for the future,” Mr Coulton said.
“It’s great to get out amongst the people and see first-hand the positive effects the project is already having on farmers and businesses in our community.”
More information on the Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/water/rural-water/srwui/state-priority-projects/piiop-nsw
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