Water Efficiency Program

The South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management (SAMDB NRM) Board has been working in partnership with the Australian Government and irrigators to deliver irrigation efficiency programs across the southern connected Murray-Darling Basin region since 2010.

The SAMDB NRM Board has been selected to act as a Delivery Partner under the Murray-Darling Basin Water Efficiency Program (WEP).

What can be funded?

Projects must have neutral or positive socio-economic outcomes and must meet minimum water savings of 3ML for projects delivered by the SAMDB NRM Board.

There are five project streams and Natural Resources SAMDB can assist with the following:

  • on-farm projects
  • off-farm projects
  • metering projects
  • urban water efficiency projects
  • industrial water efficiency projects

The socio-economic criteria will be applied to all efficiency measures projects prior to any proposal being approved. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to review the newly adopted criteria and work with their Delivery Partner to ensure compliance of their proposal against the criteria. For details about social and environmental outcomes click here.

Who can apply? 

An eligible participant is someone who owns a water right and is capable of transferring that water to the Commonwealth under a contract to undertake efficiency works to achieve water savings.

Eligible water rights are:

  • rights to exclusive access to a share of the surface water resources of a water resource plan area or other water management area
  • able to be permanently traded, or transferred, to the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder
  • free from encumbrances when the rights would be transferred
  • located within a water resource plan area identified in Basin Plan 2012 (Chapter 3, Part 2 s3.05)
  • owned by an eligible participant
  • suitable for use by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to achieve environmental benefits.

The most common eligible water right is a water access entitlement. For example, a South Australian River Murray All Purpose Class 3 Water Access Entitlement.

When can I apply?

Applications are now open and the program will remain available through until June 2024. The program accepts applications at any time.

Can I get assistance with project implementation?

In its role of Delivery Partner for the WEP the SAMDB NRM Board and regional staff will actively support irrigators through the complete project cycle - development, assessment and implementation.

The SAMDB NRM Board has well established project management and governance structures that enable it to administer large scale programs in a cost effective and efficient manner which ensures the experience for participants is positive and one that delivers maximum benefit for their business.

Project Administration Charges:

The SAMDB NRM Board has adopted the following project administration fee for the delivery of proposals funded under the WEP.

  • $5,000 or 6% of the project value whichever is the greater amount.

The applicant/irrigator pays the administration fee. Only payable once an application is approved. The SAMDB NRM Board believes this represents a cost competitive fee while allowing the SAMDB NRM Board to provide a high standard of service and support to funding recipients.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the SAMDB NRM Board to discuss the project administration structure in more detail.

How can I get more information?

Eligible irrigators seeking more information about this program can contact:

Berri

Brenton Fenwick, Project Officer Sustainable Irrigation Officer P 08 8580 1845
Rebecca Thorne, Project Officer – Investment Support  P 08 8580 1850

Strathalbyn

Michael Cutting, Team Leader - Land and Water Management P 08 8536 5619

 


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