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.
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