Gwydir Constraints Community Meetings
DPIE is currently seeking watercourse landholder input to develop business cases for the Lower Gwydir and Gingham Watercourses, Lower Mehi
River and Ballin Boora Creek.
Over the next few months they will be working with the local community to develop the business case. There will be a series of community gatherings followed by local workshops to: discuss project objectives and opportunities, bring local knowledge and community needs into the scoping of potential measures, create strategies for on-ground outcomes.
Landholders in the project area should have received information in the mail however if you are located in the project area and did not receive a letter please contact us. The community gatherings from next Monday 19 July – 22 Thursday July 2021
Find out more:
Gwydir Floodplain Management Plan under review
The Gwydir Valley Floodplain Management Plan is due for it's five-year review as per the plan requirements. The review is to determine whether its provisions remain adequate and appropriate for ensuring the effective implementation of the water management principles. The public submission period provides opportunities for water users, stakeholders and other interested parties to inform the review of these plans. Comment is specifically being sought on:
- Is the floodplain management plan(s) adequate and appropriate for ensuring the effective implementation of the water management principles?
- Are there issues with the plan(s) that were identified since commencement and impact on effectiveness of implementation?
- Are there potential amendments to the plan(s) that should be considered?
Submissions are due Tuesday, 18 May 2021. Read More
Metering Information Session
The NSW Government session will cover key information to help you get measurement ready. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions
to a panel from the department's Water division and NRAR.
Trade stalls will be held after the information session so you can meet and connect with metering suppliers, installers and key department staff from the floodplain harvesting licencing and approvals team.
Thursday, 11 March
10:00am – 1:30pm
Max Theatre, Level 1/30 Heber St, Moree
Register to attend this session
NSW Department are holding face-to-face consultation on proposed rules for floodplain harvesting in the Gwydir Valley for the regulated and
unregulated water sources, in Moree on Wednesday 24th February and Thursday 25th February. Due to COVID safe restrictions you must
register. Visit the Department website below.
We encourage all members and associated agricultural businesses to attend to hear about this historic reform and how NSW intends to manage it into the future. Implementing floodplain harvesting will be a significant regulatory shift for our industry and will have community impacts, ad water users adjust to new rules.
DAMAGE FERAL PIGS DO TO YOUR HIP POCKET
Are you aware of pig damage in your crops or to livestock enterprises, but find it difficult to quantify the extent of the damage, and what
that equates to in dollar terms?
To answer this question, Local Land Services has worked with AgEcon to undertake a study that puts figures on the real cost of feral pigs on several different enterprises and to compare control options.
Join the LLS online for our first webinar back for 2021. Register here.
11 Feb 2021 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dont Forget the GVIA has funds available to support producers in our region with the control of feral pigs. For more information contact the office; 02 67521399
Storage Meter Courses
Irrigation Australia has announced the first dates for the NSW subsidised storage meter installation and validation courses. To ensure
you have a compliant storage meter with the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy, your storage meter must be inspected and or new
approved meter, installed by someone that has completed this course.
There is an information session being held for installers and suppliers to learn more on Thursday, 22 October 2020 10:30am-12:30pm and you need to register online at https://kapara.rdbk.com.au/landers/b01851.html For more information visit Irrigation Australia website or review the Healthy Floodplains Measurement page.
Have your Say - Gwydir Regional Water Strategy
The NSW Government released their 20- 40-year draft Gwydir Regional Water Strategy to look at how to improve regional water security, build
resilience and stronger communities and environments. It is about how to best manage the challenges that are facing the Gwydir region. This
strategy looks at historical and a worst case scenario of climatic sequence as part of the assessment of challenges that may face the
region. The strategy provides a long list of proposed projects, both infrastructure, rules-based, research and review and skills
orientated, to be considered by the community. These should be reviewed by the community as a chance to have a say on
future investment in the region.
There is a live webinar on 15 October 2020 and face-to-face meetings in Moree on 22 October 2020.
GVIA Irrigation Field Day
Save the Date: The GVIA will host the Smarter Irrigation for Profit 2 field day on Wednesday the 10th of February 2021. We will be having the field day at Keytah, where several of our Smarter Irrigation researchers and partners will be talking about new technology, smart sensing and remote control. Follow the link to the website for more information on Smarter irrigation for Profit 2Read More
Annual General Meeting notice
The Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association will host an online Annual General Meeting on 30th September 2020, starting at 10am. The AGM will be followed by a General Meeting until 12pm. The location will be the GVIA office, 100 Balo Street Moree. Our COVID Safe Plan restricts the number of attendees and as a result, we will be providing an online option via Microsoft Teams for video conferencing or dial in. Members must RSVP to either secure a seat in the office or receive their personal conference link. Nominations for the GVIA Committee are being received, please see the link below to access the nomination form. All financial members as of June 2020 are eligible to nominate.Read More
FPH Measurement Webinar
The NSW Government has launched the Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy 2020 for the northern Murray–Darling Basin - Wednesday,
19 August 2020, 10:30am - 12:30pm.
The policy applies to landholders in the northern Murray–Darling Basin who will receive a floodplain harvesting water-access license under the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy (2018) in 2021 and will allow water harvested from northern Basin floodplains to be accurately and reliably measured for the first time.
The NSW Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy will be rolled out in stages and water users will be required to comply with the floodplain harvesting measurement rules by July 2021 or July 2022, depending on their onsite storage capacity.
GRDC Irrigation Update
Follow the link to the recent GRDC Irrigation update with input from Nick Gillingham from Keytah and Lou Gall from GVIA. There was also a great presentation from Matthew Harrison on WaterCan Profit. Thank you to GRDC and ICAN for the opportunity to participate.Read More
First Flush Webinar
An independent panel has released a draft report on the management of the 2020 northern Murray-Darling Basin first flush event
that restricted access in the Gwydir Valley to unregulated, supplementary and floodplain harvesting in February 2020.
The panel is seeking community feedback on its draft report following an earlier public consultation in May 2020 and are hosting an online webinar with their draft results on Monday, 27 July at 1pm.
Its encouraged all members should participate.
Limited capacity is available in the GVIA office to attend due to COVID restrictions, please contact the office.
Drought outlook and water availability information sessions
The department, together with WaterNSW, will be holding public information sessions via webinar during May and June 2020 with the session
for the Norther region, including the Gwydir on 28 May 2020. See the link below to register for this presentation.
The sessions will provide an update on the water availability outlook, climatic trends, system flows and storages levels. Lessons learnt from the current drought and the impacts of drought on groundwater will be discussed, as well as ongoing support available for communities.
Water availability including prospects for allocations for the new water year starting July 1 2020 will also be discussed.
GVIA Office Closed
With the response to Covid-19, the GVIA office is now closed and staff are rotating being in the office. Appointment can be made if required. Our work continues and both Zara and Lou are still available by phone; 02 67521399 or email. Please dont hesitate to contact us. Stay safe and well. Thank YouRead More
Gwydir Field Day Thursday 12th March
The Gwydir CGA would like to invite you to join us for the 2020 Gwydir Field Day.
The field day will provide an opportunity to look at some new and innovative technologies including the CSD variety trials, XtendFlex , a machine vision app for insect management and the canopy temperature sensors. There will be an update from the CSIRO breeding team and the NSW DPI water productivity benchmarking project.
Gwydir Field Day Friday 14th February
The Gwydir Cotton Growers Association would like to invite you to join us for the 2020 Gwydir Field Day which will be showcasing new and
innovative technologies including the CSD variety trials, XtendFlex , a machine vision app for insect management and the canopy temperature
sensor. There will be discussion on the impact of temperature and climate on cotton production as well as an update from the CSIRO breeding
RSVP to Secretary@gwydircotton.com.au or call Lou on 0427 521 498 or 02 6752 1399
Opportunity to raise community concerns
The independent expert panel appointed to study the social and economic conditions affecting communities in the Murray-Darling Basin will be
in Moree on Friday 18th October 2019 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at the Town and Country Club, 5 Frome St.
The panel wants to hear from communities to assess how lived experience aligns with analysis and research, understand key trends, drivers and impacts from water reform, and learn of community-led ideas and solutions.
Please register your interest in attending by email to: Independentpanel@mdba.gov.au stating that you will be attending the Moree session. Thank you.
Agtech Founders Field Tour in Moree
From the 20th to the 26th of September Moree will host a number of innovative Agtech founders. The intention is to connect these Agtech
businesses with farmers to ensure that the products and services being developed align with the needs of farmers. The tour includes an
irrigation tour, a cotton research tour and broadacre and livestock tours in the Moree region. With a wrap up Pitch night at BAMM on
Thursday 25th September.
For more information please contact Brooke Sauer 0427 090 279 or firstname.lastname@example.org
B&W Rural BBQ with N-Drip demonstration
Come and join B&W Rural for a BBQ lunch at 12:30pm, Friday 13 September 2019 at the B&W Rural Office.
B&W Rural will have representatives from N-Drip giving a demonstration and talk about their new gravity fed drip irrigation technology. This has the potential for labour savings and huge water savings in years to come. See flyers attached and the below link for more information.
Please RSVP by 9am Friday to Loretta Menzies; p: (02) 6750 7000 | e: Loretta.Menzies@elders.com.au
Floodplain Harvesting consultation, again
The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Water Division late Friday night released their final version of their Independent
Review of Floodplain Harvesting Policy
Implementation as well as the NSW Government’s Floodplain
Harvesting Action Plan
to respond to this advice. The NSW Government will also be holding public consultation on these documents, due to start in Narrabri on
Monday, 9 September 2019.
We’ve asked for regional DPIE offices to be set up to access the webinar on Wednesday 18th for those that cannot make one of the locations. For GVIA members, our office will be set up with the webinar.
Zara Lowien, Executive Officer of the Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association, said it’s important that anyone in NSW that has a dam that can collect rainfall runoff from across their farm, considers attending a consultation session or the webinar.
CCA Soil Health Workshops 29th Aug 2019
Soil Health Workshop is to be held in Moree from 10:30am on Thursday 29th August 2019 at the Town and Country Club. The
workshop is aiming to improving knowledge on microbes, rotations, visual assessments and all things soil health. It will include a daytime
discussion and theory session, followed by a visit to a soil pit and dinner to finish the day.
Presenters and panel representatives include Oliver Knox, Mike Stone, Brendan Warnock, Guna Nachimuthu, David Freebairn and Pathologist Duy Le.
Meter Validation and Installation
IAL are running a two day Meter Validation and Installation course in Moree on the 25th & 26th of September 2019. The course covers
the new Australian Standards for control of rural water meter installation and validation, an explanation of the pattern approval process
for meter manufacturers and what installers need to know when validating installations, site preparation, component installation, site
reinstatement and commissioning and the field assessment of meter installations.
At completion of the course participants will have three units of competency towards certification for Meter Validation and Installation;
NWPIRR014 Install meters for rural water supplies,
NWPIRR022 Maintain meters for rural water supplies and
ACHWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes.
Check, Ready Grow
The LLS are supporting a series of workshops designed to increase understanding of risks and opportunities in your farm business, identify
gaps and improve the financial basis and natural assets or check the direction of your farm business. There will also be information on
accessing funding for on-ground works or training.
A session will be held at Garah on Wednesday 21st August, for more information or to register contact Keith Walker on 0428 432 784 or email@example.com
Metering Roadshow - Moree 15 July
The NSW Government will be hosting a water metering information session in Moree on Monday the 15th July 2019. There will be representatives
from the Water Renewal Taskforce and the Natural Resources Access Regulator presenting on the new rules to help water users understand what
they need to do to comply. The department will be seeking feedback on amendments to the Water Management (General) Regulation 2018, and
provide an opportunity for entitlement holders to ask questions.
To register please follow the link following.
"Thrive - productivity for progress" training opportunity
AgSkilled together with Tocal College and NSW Dept of Industry will be running a new course "THRIVE - Productivity for Progress" in Moree and Dubbo in the coming months. The course is designed to help build skills in productivity, communication and leadership and is suited to men and women involved in any sector of the cotton or grains industry, at any stage in their career. For more information, see the flyer or contact Rebecca Fing for more details.Read More