How to identify your work as inactive
The NSW metering rules apply to all works and compliance will be assessed against your work approval - not what is in the ground and
whether you use it or not. If you do not actively use these works or do not have any infrastructure installed, you are not required to
have a meter.
Before a work will be tagged as inactive, YOU MUST demonstrate the work is not physically capable of taking water and REGISTER your work as inactive. This is done through WaterNSW.
Registering your work inactive will ensure you avoid being non-compliant to these rules by the relevant due date; either 1 December 2020 for larger than 500mm sites or 1 December 2021 for all other sites. This applies to both surface and groundwater works. identify
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
NSW DPIEW have released a new guide: 'What
water users need to know'
about the NSW non-urban metering reforms. This handy tool outlines the required steps for water users to take to ensure they are
compliant by the required due date, the first of which is 1 December 2020. New telemery devices have also been added to the list of
approved devices, which we are informed can be ordered via your supplier.
Local certified meter installers can be located via the Irrigation Australia website and searching for a CMI: https://www.irrigationaustralia.com.au/
Metering Update August 2020
Here is our first reminder regarding the first deadline for the NSW Non-urban water metering reform for larger than 500mm surface
installation is quickly arriving, with all works finalised by 1 December 2020.
It is important that everyone assess using the NSW Government's Metering Tool whether you are required to have your surface water metering work checked and validated or a replacement meter installed with telemetry by this date. All water users must assess their obligations and MAKE DUE EFFORT to meet these obligations in the required timeframe.
Current Water Availability
NSW DPIEW announced a 1.7% allocation to General Security and environmental water holders for the end of July 2020. This brings
total available water to General Security water users to 22,000ML with environmental water holders having 34,000 ML, not including high security water. Copeton Dam is holding 14.7% capacity with essential supplies secured for two-years.
This means now every 1% that Copeton Dam increases by can equate to an estimated 1.89% allocation for General Security and environmental water holders.
NSW release FPH Measurement Strategy
The NSW Government released the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy 2020. This announcement provides one of the missing pieces to
understand how NSW plan to manage this access under a licencing regime, which is due for implementation by 1 July next year in the Gwydir
Valley. We e have been calling on the policy for some time, so that water users have due time to meet their obligations.
“The policy is an ambitious program but an important step forward in water management that our local industry has been committed for a long time to achieve.”
Photo: Storage device already installed on an empty storage, waiting for the drought to break.
Smarter Irrigation for Profit 2 Website
Smarter Irrigation for Profit Phase II is a partnership between the irrigation industry, research organisations and farmer groups, the objective of which is to improve the profit of over 4,000 cotton, dairy, rice, grains and sugar irrigators. There are 14 sub projects including: New irrigation technologies such as new sensors, advanced analytics to improve irrigation scheduling and strategies to reduce water storage evaporation. Cost effective, practical automated irrigation systems and a network of 36 farmer led optimised irrigation sites such as Keytah here in the Gwydir. We have just launched our new web page for of videos and project information. .Read More
Feral Pig management support
The Feral Pig monitoring program supported by the NSW Government and the NW LLS is drawing to a close. We have conducted a range of
monitoring and management activities including collaring and tagging pigs, trapping and shooting. As we move into our winter cropping
season pig damage will become more evident, especially as many pregnant sows have been observed. The GVIA can provide support to local
landholders who participate in group control activities and would appreciate information on crop
caused by feral pigs. Please contact
us for more
Starting Allocation 2020-2021
NSW Department has announced the starting allocations for water users for the new water year 2020-2021 with all water users (Stock and Domestic, Towns, High Security, Supplementary and Unregulated in the surface water systems and Groundwater) receiving 100% except General Security users. General Security water users have access to ongoing carryover water of 12GL for water users and 31GL for environmental water holders via the NSW DPIE-W.Read More
Feedback needed on first flush management
The NSW Government has appointed an independent panel to assess what improvements can be made to better manage the use, communication and
application of temporary restrictions like those used in February 2020. These restrictions were used to manage the first major
water flows following rainfall across the northern Murray-Darling after record drought conditions.
The panel is now seeking feedback from the community on their views and experiences in relation to the first flush event and suggestions on the future management of these events. They invite you to make a submission or give your feedback by completing the survey available on the review website.
The GVIA will be providing our own feedback via this survey, and we encourage members and all stakeholders affected by these events, to directly provide their own individual experiences and feedback to the panel.