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Funding Available: Queensland Water Efficiency Projects – Apply Now

22 Sep 2017

Cotton Australia has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Queensland Government as part of its Rural Water Use Efficiency – Irrigation Futures: 2017-18 Program. Under the program, Cotton Australia can offer growers grants of up to $10,000 to purchase water use efficiency technology or services.

Program overview

Cotton Australia will reimburse successful applicants up to 50% (capped at a $10,000) of the cost of investing in water use efficiency technology.
To be eligible applicants will have to be prepared to:
•Invest in commercially proven water use efficiency technology
•Be registered in the Cotton Australia myBMP program
•Have completed all Level One and Level Two practices in the myBMP Water Management module
•Undertake targeted training, delivered by CottonInfo, on the optimal use of the chosen technology
•Assist Cotton Australia, if required, in preparing a written case study on their adoption of the chosen technology

Application process

First round applications formally close on September 30, 2017. As such, growers are strongly encouraged to apply early, as the timing of when applications are received will form part of the assessment criteria.

Click here to apply

More information

Full details can be found in the information and application pack

For further information, please contact Cotton Australia General Manager Michael Murray on 0427 707 868 or [email protected]

Information sessions – sustainable management of the Condamine Alluvium Aquifers

21 Sep 2017

Growers are encouraged to attend information sessions about water recovery from the Central Condamine Alluvium. The Murray-Darling Basin Plan requires 40,400ML of nominal entitlement to be recovered from the total 86,600ML of entitlement in the Central Condamine Alluvium. Just over 3000 ML has been recovered through the previous five tender rounds.

Cotton Australia, Queensland Farmers’ Federation and Central Downs Irrigators Limited (CDIL) have developed a proposal to better manage water recovery. To better explain and seek your views on the proposal, information sessions will be held at:

  • Cecil Plains Hall (September 27 at 2pm)
  • Dalby BMO Offices (September 28 at 9am), and
  • Pittsworth Motor Inn (September 28 at 3pm).

For more information, please contact Cotton Australia General Manager Michael Murray.

Grant Funding Round 3 Now Closed

06 Oct 2016

Applications for the third and final round of financial assistance for broadacre irrigators located in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin under the Regional Economic Diversification Program (QMDBREDP) are now closed.  Through this program $1 million in grant funding has been made available for eligible irrigators to improve their measurement and management of water assets.

Forty-one applications were received from irrigators and are now being assessed for their eligibility for funding for up to $10 000 to assist them adopt new water use efficiency technologies.

Irrigators selected for grant funding will be provided with a grant deed for completion.

So far grant funding totalling $644,000 had been provided to irrigators through the first two rounds of funding.  Across the two rounds we received and approved applications from a wide range of irrigators located in Dirranbandi, St George, Chinchilla, Talwood, Goondiwindi, Dalby, Cecil Plains, Inglewood and Stanthorpe.

With the funding provided to date, approved irrigators have been able to purchase and be reimbursed for a range of pre-approved items such as storage and flow meters, soil moisture probes, professional evaluation and storage assessment services.

The Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has provided DAF with funding to run this project as part of the QMDBREDP, with in-kind support from Queensland Government agencies.  The QMDBREDP is designed to fund projects to stimulate economic activity in areas of the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin that have been affected by water reductions under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.  As a result of this three year project, we expect to see increased economic activity and more profitable and resilient irrigation enterprises within region. The work is primarily focused on the communities in the Condamine-Balonne and Border Rivers districts, which have been most impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

For further information on this funding round please contact Graham Harris or Grant Cutler by emailing [email protected] or phoning 13 25 23.

Grant Funding – Round 3 Now Open

25 Aug 2016

The third and final round of financial assistance for broadacre irrigators located in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin under the Regional Economic Diversification Program (QMDBREDP) is now open.  Through this program $1 million in grant funding has been made available for eligible irrigators to improve their measurement and management of water assets.

Eligible irrigators have until 30 September 2016 to apply for up to $10 000 to assist them adopt new water use efficiency technologies.

Irrigators can download the QMDB REDP Round 3 Grant Guidelines and Expression of Interest form and follow the instructions to complete their application.  You can also download an example grant deed agreement to read – it is available by clicking on the link – QMDBREDP Example Round 3 Grant Deed.  Irrigators selected for grant funding will be provided with this grant deed for completion.

So far grant funding totalling $644,000 had been provided to irrigators through the first two rounds of funding.  Across the two rounds we received and approved applications from a wide range of irrigators located in Dirranbandi, St George, Chinchilla, Talwood, Goondiwindi, Dalby, Cecil Plains, Inglewood and Stanthorpe.

With the funding provided to date, approved irrigators have been able to purchase and be reimbursed for a range of pre-approved items such as storage and flow meters, soil moisture probes, professional evaluation and storage assessment services.

The Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has provided DAF with funding to run this project as part of the QMDBREDP, with in-kind support from Queensland Government agencies.  The QMDBREDP is designed to fund projects to stimulate economic activity in areas of the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin that have been affected by water reductions under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.  As a result of this three year project, we expect to see increased economic activity and more profitable and resilient irrigation enterprises within region. The work is primarily focused on the communities in the Condamine-Balonne and Border Rivers districts, which have been most impacted by the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Interested irrigators requiring additional information on the funding round are encouraged to contact Graham Harris or Grant Cutler by emailing [email protected] or phoning 13 25 23.

Free Pressure Gauges for Overhead Irrigators in the QMDB

18 Dec 2015

20151218_End gauge_002A limited number of free end pressure gauges are available for Queensland Murray-Darling Basin (QMDB) irrigators to help them to check the performance of their overhead irrigation systems.

As part of the QMBD Regional Economic Diversification Program (REDP), operators of centre pivot or lateral move irrigation systems are encouraged to complete and submit the form below to register their interest in being sent a free end pressure gauge.  DAF senior irrigation research scientist Dr Simon White said the aim was encourage irrigators to check their machines’ performance, to ensure that it  is operating within its design specifications and to be aware of any maintenance issues.

 “Insufficient end pressure can lead to poor irrigation uniformity and lower profitability, while over pressure can result in inefficient and excessive pumping costs,” Dr White said. “By using a gauge installed on the outermost outlet of the machines, irrigators can check end pressure against the specifications for the machine.  By checking the pressure of the machine during its normal operation, you can quickly identify any performance issues and take steps to fix them.  To further assist irrigators in the installation and use of the end pressure gauges, simple instructions and a range of pressure stickers will be provided with the gauge.”

To find out more about the other water productivity activities being conducted by DAF complete the Stay Informed area at the top left of our home page on the MoreProfitPerDrop website.

Applications for round 2 funding for QMDB irrigators is now closed

27 Oct 2015

Applications for Round 2 Grant Funding as part of a current Queensland DAF led project aimed at improving on-farm water monitoring and management are now closed.

All applications received before the close (5pm Tuesday 27th October 2015) will be assessed for eligibility and all applicants who applied will be contacted by the end of October 2015 to be notified on the outcome of their application.

As grant funding available is limited, only the first 40 eligible applicants who applied through round 2 will be accepted.

A third round of funding will be offered through the “Improved economic productivity from irrigated agriculture in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin” project in October 2016.

Improving performance in surface irrigation

28 Aug 2015

Are you a grower or consulting working in irrigated agriculture?

Do you want to know more about how to improve the performance of your surface irrigation system or that of your clients?

Your invited to attend a free training day for a refresher on best management practices for surface irrigation and learn more about how to measure to manage either your or your clients valuable water asset.

Topics covered will include:

  • Fundamentals of surface irrigation
  • Evaluating surface irrigation performance
  • Advances in simulation modelling for optimised irrigation (SISCO)
  • Alternate surface methods to siphons
  • Pump energy efficiency
  • Funding available for surface irrigation performance assessments

Speakers

  • Mr Jim Purcell, Aquatech Consulting
  • Mr Phil Szabo, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture
  • Dr Simon White, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

When: 15 October 2015, 8.00 am to 5.00 pm (morning tea and lunch provided)

Where: Two Mile Hotel, 355 Carnarvon Highway, Mungindi

RSVP: By 8th October 2015 to Sarah Rossiter on phone or SMS 0477 371 309

Round 2 grant funding seminars being held throughout lower QMDB

12 Aug 2015

A series of 2 hour morning and evening information sessions are being held across the lower QMDB (Texas, Inglewood, Goondiwindi and Dirranbandi) from the 18 – 20th of August 2015 to inform irrigators on current activities and funding available through MDB REDP project.  Within the anticipated interest in this funding round, an Expression of Interest will be opening on the 1st September 2015 for irrigators to access further details on Round 2 and to pre-register an email address to ensure they will be sent a copy of the application paperwork on the 1st October 2015 when Round 2 opens. Click on the flyer link for further details about locations and times.

Until the Round 2 EOI opens, irrigators are encourages to sign-up to the MoreProfitPerDrop website (on the left hand side of this sites home page under “Stay Informed”) so they will be emailed updates on activities being conducted by the department and reminders of key dates, such as the opening of Round 2 EOI and funding.

 

Expressions of Interest for Round 2 Funding for QMDB Irrigators Opens Soon

06 Aug 2015

Round 2 Grant Funding as part of a current Queensland DAF led project aimed at improving on-farm water monitoring and management opens 1st October 2015.

Within the anticipated interest in this funding round, an Expression of Interest will be opening on the 1st September 2015 for irrigators to access further details on Round 2 and to pre-register an email address to ensure they will be sent a copy of the application paperwork on the 1st October 2015 when Round 2 opens.

Until the EOI opens, irrigators are encourages to sign-up to the MoreProfitPerDrop website (left hand side under “Stay Informed) so they will be emailed updates on activities being conducted by the department and reminders of key dates, such as the opening of Round 2 EOI and funding.

Funding provided under round 2 (up to a maximum of $10,000 per business entity) will be in the form of a reimbursement grant for the purchase of storage and/or flow meters, soil moisture monitoring devices, on-farm weather stations, and/or the engagement of professional services to conduct storage volume surveys, seepage assessments and/or in field irrigation performance evaluations. The devices and services on offer are targeted at assisting irrigators to gain a better understanding of the individual capacity, losses and/or performance of key components within their irrigation enterprise. In addition to this, irrigators who signed up for funding are also being assisted by QDAF staff in undertaking a whole farm water balance assessment for their enterprise.

Irrigators who were successful under Round 1 funding are reminded that the Round 1 Deadline for reimbursement is the 31 August 2015.

The project, titled “Improved economic productivity from irrigated agriculture in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin” forms part of the Queensland Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program (QMDB REDP) funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Grant funding aims to provide further security to irrigated enterprises within the QMDB and in doing so also provide flow-on benefits to the economics of the surrounding communities.

To enquire on the project,  details on funding rounds or to become involved in field activities being conducted as part of the QMDB REDP, contact QDAF project staff: Dr Simon White (0475 830 538) or Grant Cutler (0475 830 012).

Applications for Round 1 Funding for QMDB Irrigators is now closed

13 Jul 2015

Applications for Round 1 grant funding as part of a current Queensland DAF led project aimed at improving on-farm water monitoring and management closed on June 30th 2015.

All funding on offer through Round 1 has now been allocated to successful irrigators who applied and have until August 31st to submit eligible purchases for reimbursement. Successful irrigators who applied came from a ranged of agricultural commodities and were located along the full extent of the Condamine Balonne and Border Rivers catchments within the QMDB.

Funding provided under the first round (up to a maximum of $10,000 per business entity) was in the form of a reimbursement grant for the purchase of storage and/or flow meters, and/or the engagement of professional services to conduct storage volume surveys, seepage assessments and/or in field irrigation performance evaluations. The devices and services on offer are targeted at assisting irrigators to gain a better understanding of the individual capacity, losses and/or performance of key components within their irrigation enterprise. In addition to this, irrigators who signed up for funding are also being assisted by QDAF staff in undertaking a whole farm water balance assessment for their enterprise.

The project, titled “Improved economic productivity from irrigated agriculture in the Queensland Murray-Darling Basin” forms part of the Queensland Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Program (QMDB REDP) funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. Current and future funding rounds aim to provide further security to irrigated enterprises within the QMDB and in doing so also provide flow-on benefits to the economics of the surrounding communities.

To enquire on the project, further funding rounds or to become involved in field activities being conducted as part of the QMDB REDP, contact QDAF project staff: Dr Simon White (0475 830 538) or Grant Cutler (0475 830 012).