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Grant Funding – Round 3 Now Open

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.

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