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1 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Integration of the Farm Water Program with the Goulburn Murray Water Connections Program Chris Nicholson Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Jacki Tomlinson Goulburn Murray Water

2 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Regional Context – The Goulburn Murray Irrigation District

3 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Modernisation Irrigation modernisation in Northern Victoria –Future Flow –The Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP) –Goulburn Murray Water Connections Project

4 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities GMW Connections Project $ 2 Billion Project 429 GL Water Savings Two stage project funded by Victorian and Federal Governments and Melbourne Water Components: –Backbone modernisation –Connections –Special projects, e.g. environmental enhancements

5 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities GMW Connections Project Goals Provide a more efficient and affordable irrigation delivery network Ability to deliver an improved level of water delivery Increase on-farm productivity

6 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities

7 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities GMW Connections Project Achievements to date Channel Rationalisation476 Km Meters installed6526 Delivery Shares connected2051 Landowners to be consulted7390

8 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Farm Water Program What is the Farm Water Program? –On Farm upgrades that support the development of productive, profitable and water efficient farms into the future The Farm Water Program has secured in excess of $200M over 10 years for this development

9 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities What’s been achieved Farm Water Program Number of Projects Funding ($million) Water savings (GL) Water savings transferred to Commonwealth (GL) Round Round Round Total

10 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities The Goulburn Murray Irrigation District – Project Locations

11 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities

12 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities

13 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Partnership approach

14 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Farm Water Program- Key Eligibility Two main eligibility criteria for Landowners to participate 1.That they have a whole farm plan that reflects the proposed works 2.That they are connected to the modernised delivery system

15 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Integration of Programs Pros Better outcome for landowners Greater opportunities for rationalisation of irrigation infrastructure Certainty for Government Investment

16 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Integration of Programs Cons Extra effort required to ensure the aligning of the programs Potential time delays in projects becoming eligible Landowner angst due to uncertainty of future funding

17 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Integration of Programs Key Communication, Communication, Communication –Communication between Programs –Communication with Landowners –Communication with Service Providers –Communication with Funding Partners

18 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Integration Case Study

19 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Case study-before

20 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Case study- After

21 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Case study- Outcomes Rationalisation of –approximately 3 kms of GMW supply channel –5 irrigation meters –3.41 ML/d delivery share –Countless farm irrigation structures and kms of farm channel Installation of –2 Pump stations on “backbone channel” –1 fixed Centre Pivot –1 towable Centre Pivot

22 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Case study- landowner outcomes Delivery System Modernisation has led to Improvements in; –Channel heights –Flow reliability –Water ordering (From 4 days to 48 hours) On farm –Reduced labour –More precise application of water (Spring/Autumn) –Water Savings –Increased Productivity

23 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities “We would have not been able to undertake this project in its entirety if we were not able to combine the opportunities presented by the GMW connections project and the Farm Water Program. The resulting outcome has not only increased our production while using less water but has made irrigating a pleasure!”

24 Our Vision Healthy, resilient and increasingly productive landscapes supporting vibrant communities Thank you


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