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
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.
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
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.
DPIE-W announced the Gwydir Valley received it’s first allocation since February 2018 with 1.9% allocation (or 10.56GL) issued to water
users including the environment. Inflows into Copeton Dam since February this year are greater than 60% of the total inflows into the dam
over the last 2.5 years.
The allocation announcement together with a full reserve essential supplies reserve (for two years) in Copeton Dam and recent supplementary
availability below the dam, signals for the first-time in years that the whole catchment has a good soil moisture and any rain should
generate flows into our river systems. Whilst the drought hasn’t broken, it’s a good start for water users and the region.
In a world first, the government is using LiDAR to construct images to estimate the volume of floodplain harvesting captured in private
water storages in the Northern Basin valleys as reported in The Land last week. The article said "There is a combined capacity of
1450 gigalitres within 1386 private on-farm storages across the Northern Basin, which are filled infrequently and only during wet
periods." and Minister for Water, Ms Pavey said "...the department is able to determine both the capacity and volume held in
private on-farm storages with much greater accuracy....Using this technology, we were able to assess the volume of floodplain harvesting was
around 20GL during this time [the temporary restriction in February 2020]. Now, over 380GL has made it to the Menindee Lakes, reconnecting
the Lower Darling to the Murray River for the first time since 2016," she said.
We think it's important that the NSW Government release results like this, to build confidence and show their significant investment in FPH
monitoring and compliance. As we know, floodplain harvesting opportunity arises in a flood, when there is plenty of water available for
everyone. These results demonstrates this fact, with take only 5% of the total flow measured at Menindee Lakes, more than 1000km of
river channel and floodplain downstream, with no impact to the achievement of the targets for critical needs required at the time.
As the current season is drawing to a close and winter planting is getting underway, the Smarter Irrigation for Profit researchers are
looking to see what you want to know more about with regards irrigation. We have developed a 4 question survey and would love your
With recent catchment rainfall, water availability has improved across the catchment with inflows into Copeton Dam as well as approximately
10% Supplementary allocation available from inflows below the Dam. The region has moved down to Stage 2 for Drought Management, due
to the forecast of 2-years supply of all essential water requirements including towns. A small deficit for General Security delivery
remains and must be addressed prior to any new allocations.
NSW Government has released the draft Terms of Reference into their Independent Assessment into the First Flush in the northern basin - the
management and communication of temporary restrictions implemented in February 2020 to achieve flow outcomes within the valley and
downstream in the Barwon-Darling. There is an opportunity to provide input into the review via a multi-step submission process, starting
with the Terms of Reference. The GVIA will be working on suggestions to improve the terms including ensuring the panel has relevant
technical input into the effectiveness of the event by considering northern basin hydrology and flows.
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 You
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.
This statement is provided as a response to concerns raised due to misinformation regarding northern embargoes and floodplain harvesting.
Our organisation supports the need for a first flush to provide flow for critical human needs. We also are on record requesting greater
transparency around the decision to utilise, amend and remove temporary pumping restrictions in NSW. This process must be undertaken with a
clear methodology, based on fact and science and communicated communities both up and downstream.