The second round of grants under the $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (SARMS 3IP) open for Expressions of Interest on Monday September 22, 2014.
The Federally-funded SARMS program was formed through the Water Industry Alliance’s River Murray Improvements Program proposal, and was negotiated as part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
It includes the $240 million 3IP initiative, and the $25 million Regional Economic Development program.
The program is one of the biggest government investments in a South Australian region and long-term benefits are expected to be delivered to irrigators throughout the Murray-Darling Basin. $100 million of funding was offered in Round One, which is expected to deliver a return of 20 gigalitres of water to the River Murray.
“The Australian and South Australian government investment in the Riverland would return vital water to the River Murray,” said Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell.
“It is playing a key role in helping us achieve our water recovery targets set out in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan to the tune of 40 gigalitres,” he said.
Federal Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Simon Birmingham, said River Murray communities had demonstrated a capacity for this program through strong demand during the first round.
“South Australia boasts many innovative and productive irrigators, and every dollar of this Australian Government investment will promote economic growth, both on the farm and also in our regional towns,” he said.
Expressions of Interest will close at 5.00 pm on Friday October 17, 2014.
Regional information sessions for Round Two of 3IP:
Loxton Football Club, Thursday September 25, 11am-1pm,and 3pm-5pm
Renmark Hotel, Friday September 26, 11am-1pm
Waikerie Hotel, Monday September 29, 11am-1pm
Berri Hotel, Monday September 29, 6pm-8pm
These sessions will provide a comprehensive explanation of the Guidelines, which will be released on Monday, September 22, and an opportunity to meet with 3IP Regional Support Officers.
People wishing to attend the information sessions can register online on the 3IP website