Gwydir Carbon Forum
Carbon is one of the topics getting attention at present. It is important for our members to understand what it means for them. To help we are hosting the Gwydir Regional Carbon Forum in partnership with UNE, NSW DPI and the CRDC. We are looking to provide information on Sustainable Soil Management and how this links with a productive cropping system and Carbon.
- What is soil Carbon: Understanding, monitoring and measuring soil carbon. What levels could be expected as a baseline? What do producers need to know before they make any changes? How can they use existing/historic soil tests?
- Understanding and measuring emissions: What is involved in making this assessment and how should producers go about collecting the information.
- Data management: What data do producers need, where can it be stored, how can this be easily managed over time.
- Tools that can assist producers and agronomist easily manage the Carbon space.
Where: Town and Country Club, 5 Frome St, Moree
RSVP: https://gwydircarbonforum.eventbrite.com.au Read More
Additional 8.6% allocation
This months resource assessment provided a further 8.6% allocation to general security accounts, with the ECA and environmental water
accounts at maximum level. Irrigation water availability is just below the 600GL maximum account limit.
The main summer irrigation season is drawing to a close and deliveries to the Gwydir Wetlands are also slowing down, which should see releases at Copeton Dam ease off and the majority of this water carried over for future use.
Copeton Dam is holding steady at 93% capacity which means there is plenty of water to enjoy at the Holiday Park. At this level at the end of the irrigation season we anticipate, a few good years of economic activity from the stored water.
Groundwater Update DPIE
NSW DPIEW are providing an update on groundwater levels in the Gwydir Valley on Tuesday, 15th March 2022 - 9:30- 11:30am. This
meeting is a face to face meeting in Moree at the Services Club.
Groundwater levels have generally fluctuated within acceptable levels of decline and recovery. However, in some localities, with concentrated areas of pumping, groundwater levels are not able to fully recover before the following irrigation season starts. The Department have more information on this and have provided a brief report accessed via the below link.
Please register to attend using the online form - Community meetings on groundwater levels - Lower Gwydir - Moree Tickets, Tue 15/03/2022 at 9:30 am | Eventbrite
Siphon-less Tailwater back up field day
Join us for discussions on the Siphon-less tailwater backup design at Saunders Farming "Thuraggi Overflow" St George on Tuesday
8th March 2022. The field day is the second half of the CSD Cotton Management Field day.
The irrigation session will start at 10am with an update on the Water productivity benchmarking followed by an introduction to the system from Craig Saunders. We will then have a panel session with Glenn Lyon, Lucas Wuersching, Andrew McKay, Grant Oswald and Malcolm Gillies to discuss the design, the performance and some of the considerations for implementation.
We will be leaving Moree a 7am on Tuesday. Please contact Lou on 0427521498
Copeton Fills and Spills
The Gwydir Valley is currently experiencing a once in a decade event with Copeton Dam filling and spilling, along with most rivers and
streams flowing naturally.
Zara Lowien, Executive Officer of Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association who represents water users in the valley said whilst it is rare to see Copeton Dam this full and spilling, this signifies the region is at the start of the boom, of our historical boom and bust cycle here in the Gwydir Valley.
“Copeton Dam filling and our rivers constantly flowing, as they have for nearly a year now, is exactly what happens here when it finally does rain” she said.
“These conditions are a far cry from those a few years ago, when environmental water and high security deliveries were the only sources of water keeping parts of our rivers flowing, while others just didn’t flow at all” she said.
DPIE Virtual Metering Field Day
Want to find our for yourself what the new NSW Metering Rules mean for you? The NSW Government is holding two virtual metering field
to help you understand the rules and what you need to do to be compliant.
You will be able to ask questions to a panel from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Water group, WaterNSW and NRAR staff. Fee free to ask these questions when registering.
Metering suppliers will also be presenting information on their products and available to answer your questions.
Thursday 28 October
Session1: 12:30pm – 3.00pm
Friday 29 October
Session1: 12:30pm – 3.00pm
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.