Remaining water secured for critical needs
The final balances of water remaining in the Gwydir Valley have been confirmed in the February resource assessment with remaining water for critical needs the majority of water stored in Copeton Dam, along with the last of general security (2,000ML) and environmental holdings (69,000ML). Environmental water is likely to be used for drought management strategies.Read More
Fish kill reports highlights lack of understanding of the Basin Plan
GVIA Executive Officer, recently made a statement to the Moree Champion regarding the release of two independent reports into the fish kills
at Menindee Lakes saying that the continued focus on a number or volume to be recovered for the environment, from irrigation [for the
Murray Darling Basin Plan], has meant that the outcomes to be achieved and how it would be used, are not well understood.
Photo: Dead fish in the Barwon River in 1958, before irrigation.
Copeton Dam alert
Water NSW have issued a blue-green algal alert for Copeton Dam, which is at 12% capacity and holding critical water supplies and
environmental holdings only. Water quality issues like this will continue to be an issue in the dam and the regions rivers and creeks
until fresh inflows occur.
Total inflows into the Copeton this year have been at our lowest historical records. Capacity would need to increase by at least 5% before consideration of any additional supplies other than the valleys critical water needs.
Celebrating women in science with our team
Today is Women and Girls in Science day and we thought we would celebrate the great work of our team! Lou (L) who has a Bachelor of AgSci from UNE and Masters in Business is representing the GVIA and the CGA at UNE GRASS Industry Placement celebrations having co-hosted a high school student earlier this year, also a budding female scientist. Zara (R) who has Hons in LWSci from Sydney Uni, is monitoring water usage across the valley and fulling out key facts and developing policies on water measurement. That is just today's snippet of what they are doing but it's exciting to see where science can take you! Lou and Zara work with a great group of men and women at the GVIA to help ensure our work is well researched and well communicated. To find out more of what they do and the GVIA, visit our website.Read More
SA Royal Commission releases report
The South Australian Royal Commission's report into the Murray Darling Basin Plan has been released and is now available via their website. The MDBA have provided a response via https://www.mdba.gov.au/media/mr/mdba-response-south-australian-royal-commission-final-report. There are many recommendations which will take time to review and with headings like the 'triple bottom line myth' this report will get much media attention, particularly with the upcoming elections.Read More
Current Water Availability
Water availability in the region has been updated following recent resource assessments outlining a 32,000ML shortfall that will need to be topped up before an allocation is available. There is less than 8,000ML available in general security accounts and groundwater will be relied on heavily for the remainder of the season. Groundwater users are encouraged to provide updated meter readings via iWAS to allow for monitoring of valley usage.Read More
Water Measurement and Metering day
The Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association (GVIA) is hosting an Innovation in Irrigation: Water Measurement and Metering Field Day on Thursday 29th November 2018 at “Keytah” Moree. Executive Officer of the GVIA, Zara Lowien said...
Please RSVP by 26th November for catering to firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6752 1399.
Current Water Availability
NSW Department of Industry - Water have announced 0% allocation for October in the Gwydir Valley. With Copeton Dam at 20% and falling with current deliveries, inflows greater than 27,000ML are required prior to any allocations to be made due to shortfalls in targeted water supplies. The full resource assessment is available via the water availability and allocations hub here.Read More
Water Resource Plan Consultation
The NSW Government is holding public consultation sessions for the Gwydir Surface Water Resource Plan, which includes all regulated and unregulated water sources in the Gwydir Valley. The Water Resource Plans are a package of documents included Water Sharing Plans, Long-term Environmental Watering Plans and cultural values for example. The package can be viewed at the Department of Industry - Water website and consultation sessions are in Bingara 31 October and Moree 1 November 2018. The GVIA will be attending but members are also encouraged to ensure direct feedback on individual Water Sharing Plan or other water management issues can be tabled.Read More
Water availability update
Water releases under the bulk water release strategy continue with approximately 750 ML/day being released from Copeton Dam. Current water availability sees 41,000ML for General Security irrigation use with orders in the system now and 113,000ML for environmental purposes. Essential supply forecasts and delivery loss accounts remain 23,800ML below target and hence, inflows will be required prior to a new resource assessment being made available. For detailed resource assessment see the NSW Department of Industry - Water website and for Water Availability reports and dam releases visit WaterNSW.
Metering regulations open for comment
The NSW Government are seeking feedback on new draft metering framework released on 27th August 2018. The GVIA's current position on water take measurement is available on our water policy section and we've provided a quick decision tree to support you in understanding what may be required of you, as entitlement holders under the draft framework. Members can access for detailed advice in the member section of the website. Comments on the framework are due to the NSW Government by 30th September 2018 via the online portal.Read More
Supporting Agricultural Innovation in the Parkes Electorate
Young agricultural innovators from across the Parkes electorate are being invited to submit their research project ideas for a chance to share in up to $286,000 in funding through the 2019 Science and Innovation Awards.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said there is an abundance of initiative among young scientists, innovators and researchers in his electorate. “Many of the best new ideas I’ve seen come directly from passionate young people already working in agricultural industries,” Mr Coulton said.
Each winner from the 13 industry award categories will receive a grant of up to $22,000, which could go a long way in making these ideas a reality and helping to advance prosperous careers in agriculture.
Environmental water sale a win-win
The NSW Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton on Sunday announced the upcoming trade of excess environmental allocation in the Gwydir Valley, amongst others in NSW. We welcome this opportunity to provide genuine win-win for our local community and others during this dry time.Read More
Understanding Drought Assistance
The NSW and Federal Governments have expanded their drought assistance packages with 100% of the state declared in drought. One component of this is the automatic waiver of Local Land Services rates and fixed charges for general security and supplementary water licence holders, which are capped at $4,000. To make the most of these waivers, available to everyone please visit your nearest town and spend those savings in a shop or business, to pass on that benefit to others.Read More
Rabobank grower tour visits Keytah
This week Rabobank are hosting farmers from Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria in northern NSW and Southern Qld. It was a wonderful opportunity to show farmers innovation in irrigation as demonstrated at Keytah where Sundown Pastoral Company, CRDC, the Federal Government and the GVIA have been conducting trials on irrigation efficiency for the last 10 years.Read More
New #jointheagrevolution profile released
Pump and Irrigation Specialist Ryan Hunt is one of scores of skilled youth who will continue to advance the rural sector into the future. He is just one of the scores of youth returning to rural Australia, keen to forge a meaningful career, without having compromising on lifestyle.Read More
Thank You to Business who supported #jointheagrevolution
The Join the Ag Revolution Campaign has only been possible with the support of local business. To each and everyone of you a big Thank You from the GVIA.
We have launched in the last week and yesterday released the first of our videos. Which can be found on our webpage or on the Join the Ag Revolution facebook page.
Join the Ag Revoluti
We are really happy to have launched the first of a series of videos on Innovation and Opportunities in Australian Agriculture. This is an industry predicted to be worth $100 billion in the comming years, but to get there we will need people. There are so many career opportunites now and there will be more in the future. If you are interested in resource management, robotics or irrigation, then agriculture is the industry for you.
Join the AG Revolution is a community of people who are proud to be a part of Australian agriculture visit our webpage or Facebook page to keep up to date with whats happening in ag, #jointheagrevolution
Starting allocations for 2018
The Department of Industry - Water announced starting allocations for the 2018-19 water year on 1 July 2018. Essential supplies for town water, stock and domestic and high security users all received 100% allocations for all plans. Groundwater, alluvial and unregulated users also received 100% allocation with alluvial and unregulated access limited by flow availability. General security users did not receive an allocation as there were no additional resources available for sharing in Copeton Dam, an updated assessment is due next month. Supplementary users received a 125% allocation, with access dependant on flows and flow sharing rules. Click to view the full statement.Read More
Join the ag revolution
Never has there been a more exciting time to be working in Australian agriculture. Innovation in drones, robotics and mechatronics are just a few of the developments currently changing the face of farming in Australia today.
We initated a new campaign to form a collective community of people that are proud to be a part of Australian agriculture visit our webpage or Facebook page to keep up to date with whats happening in ag, future opportunities and events and #jointheagrevolution
Current Water Availability
The Department of Industry - Water released the May resource assessment for the Gwydir Valley with no allocation provided to general security licenses. There is a small shortfall of 3.15GL for delivery loss that must be secured prior to any further allocations being made. See the NSW Water Availability Hub.Read More
Keytah System Comparison Update
The Keytah Irrigation System Comparison trial has just been completed for the fifth season. Yield performance this year has been really strong with the highest yield for each of the systems. The yield estimates based on module weights indicate that the Bankless Channel has produced the highest yield this year.Read More
The GVIA are disappointed with recent media reports and commentary around the management of floodplain flows and have provided the following statement and facts about the program, which was designed to incorporate this legitimate historical access into the current regulatory framework as required by legislation. We want people to know that this is not new water and that implementing this program will have many benefits. Most importantly it will protect the environment and users from further growth, providing certainty to all communities who rely on it. Restricting future growth will maintain and improve floodplain flows and build on Basin Plan outcomes, not detract from them.Read More
SA Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission
On 17th May 2018 the SA Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission held a public hearing in Moree which was attended by community members. It provided an opportunity to discuss community impacts of buybacks, the adoption of the highest standard of measurement by Gwydir irrigators and the limited connectivity of the Gwydir, which means there is minimal ability to provide contributions downstream. The GVIA will be preparing a submission to the commission. The commission also meet with other organisations such as MPSC.