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Last chance for River Murray irrigators to access 3IP grant funding

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Round Four of the $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP) is now open for Expressions of Interest - with almost $40 million available for irrigators.


South Australian irrigators holding an SA River Murray water licence may be eligible for 3IP funding to help make significant efficiency and business improvements to their irrigation enterprise.

Regional information sessions are being held at several locations throughout the River Murray region and anyone interested in attending can register their interest to attend an information session by calling 1300 364 322 or online at www.pir.sa.gov.au/sarms-iiip


Background

Regional information sessions for 3IP Round Four will provide a detailed explanation of the guidelines and an opportunity to connect with 3IP Regional Support Officers.

Regional Information Sessions:

  • Tuesday, 28 March - Renmark Hotel, Murray Ave - 12pm to 2pm
  • Tuesday, 28 March - Loxton Research Centre, 1801 Bookpurnong Rd - 5pm to 7pm
  • Wednesday, 29 March - Murray Bridge Golf Club, Ritter St - 10am to 12pm
  • Wednesday, 29 March - The Winehouse, 1509 Langhorne Creek Rd - 5pm to 7pm

The $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS) is funded by the Australian Government and is being delivered by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).

The competitive grants program was created in collaboration with industry as part of the Murray Darling Basin Plan negotiations. The 3IP is supporting the growth of strong and sustainable irrigation communities and helping secure the future health of the South Australian River Murray region by recovering 40 gigalitres (GL) of water access entitlements from participating irrigators.

Since it began in 2013, 186 projects have been offered a total of $177 million in grant funding and around 87.5 per cent of the program's 40 GL target has been secured - with around 35 gigalitres ready to return to the River Murray environment.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell

Our Riverland irrigators have become some of the most efficient in the country thanks to the South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program.

I've visited recipients of these grants and they've told me this program has been an incredible boost and it has allowed them to do things they could never have done before.

Some producers have installed high-tech hydroponic and irrigation systems - delivering huge water
savings - and repositioning their businesses to target export markets with higher value crops such as
blueberries and pistachios.

We're part of a growing world market and it is great to see people in the Riverland getting on board,
using this money wisely, creating more jobs and really making sure that an economy that suffered so
badly during the drought is thriving now and into the future.

As well as helping South Australia achieve its water recovery targets under the Basin Plan, we know
more than $64 million will be co-invested and around 550 jobs will be created as part of this program.

The SARMS program is one of the biggest investments in any region in South Australia's history.

Premier Jay Weatherill fought hard for $265 million while the Liberals urged the State Government to
accept an earlier draft basin plan that just didn't deliver, quipping 'this is obviously not the Rolls-Royce,
but it's a very good Mazda and we're quite happy to drive in the Mazda'. This is another great example
of how Jay Weatherill sticks up for SA while the Liberals kowtow to Canberra.

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Media Contacts

Kate Husband - Communications Manager, Primary Industries
Email: Kate.Husband@sa.gov.au
Phone: 0423 296 579

Celia Brissenden - Communications Manager, Regional Development
Email: celia.brissenden@sa.gov.au


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