On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme

The Australian and SA Governments are offering a rebate to drought affected farmers who invest in urgently-needed on-farm water infrastructure for livestock or permanent horticulture plantings.

Eligible farmers can access a 25% rebate – up to $25,000 – on new purchases and installation costs for on-farm water infrastructure to help them provide water to livestock or permanent horticulture plantings in the current drought and be better prepared for future dry conditions.

The On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate scheme can be applied to:

Livestock

  • pipes and fittings
  • water storage devices (such as tanks and troughs) associated with stock watering
  • water pumps
  • de-silting of existing dams, where you can demonstrate that the property does not have access to groundwater
  • drilling of stock groundwater bores and associated equipment/power supply such as generators, desalinisation plants
  • other materials or equipment necessary to install the above excluding purchase of machinery
  • any freight component to purchase and install the equipment
  • the professional installation costs to install the water infrastructure.

Horticulture

  • drilling of horticulture groundwater bores and associated equipment/power supply such as generators, desalinisation plants
  • de-silting of existing dams, where you can demonstrate that the property does not have access to groundwater

All costs claimed under Program must have been incurred from either 1 July 2018 (Primary Production) or 30 June 2019 (Horticulture Farming).

Guidelines and application forms

Eligible Regions

The scheme is available to eligible farm businesses in the following local government areas:

Eyre Peninsula Region: Ceduna, Cleve, Elliston, Franklin Harbour, Kimba, Streaky Bay, Whyalla, Wudinna.

Murray Mallee Region: Berri Barmera, Coorong, Karoonda East Murray, Loxton Waikerie, Mid Murray, Renmark Paringa, Rural City of Murray Bridge, Southern Mallee, UIA Riverland.

Mid/Upper North Region: Barunga West, Clare and Gilbert Valley, Copper Coast, Flinders Ranges, Goyder, Light, Mt Remarkable, Northern Areas, Orroroo Carrieton, Peterborough, Port Pirie, Wakefield.

Pastoral Region: Cooper Pedy, Outback Areas Community Trust, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs.

Eligibility by consideration

Farm businesses outside of the eligible local government areas can make an application if they can demonstrate a critical water need for livestock or permanent horticulture plantings resulting from current seasonal conditions. These applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Contact

For more information and to discuss your application contact:

Page Last Reviewed: 05 Apr 2019
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