Coordinated environmental flow trial underway
Deliveries of NSW and Commonwealth environmental water have begun from Copeton Dam in the Gwydir Valley, as part of a coordinated effort to deliver held environmental water from northern catchments. Deliveries are anticipated to also be released from the Border Rivers and Namoi storages with up to 31 gigalitres being planned for delivery.Read More
Water availability update
Gwydir regulated allocations remain unchanged following this month's resource assessment with Copeton Dam holding steady at 29%. This will see irrigators carrying over 45GL and the environmental water users 134GL for late season delivery or for use into next water year. WaterNSW provide weekly water availability reports here.Read More
Have your say on local pest plan
Local Land Services NSW are seeking feedback on regional pest plans currently on exhibition until 20 April 2018. These plans aim to identify the risks in each region, set regional pest animal management priorities, and provide for the coordinated management of pest animal risks within and across Local Land Services regions. Pests identified include, wild dogs, feral pigs, foxes and goats and high priority areas highlighted. The LLS are seeking comment on how to improve strategic management to reduce the impact of these species locally.Read More
World Water Day
Water is precious, that’s why irrigators make every drop count and irrigators in our valley, have strived to produce more cotton socks and jocks than we did 10-years ago, grow the best nuts, produce fine olive oils and make the tastiest fresh orange juice, with less water!
In celebration on #WorldWaterDay lets think about how important it is that we use water efficiently for the benefit of our nation and our local community and thank those that turn this scarce resource into food and clothes for everyone to share.
Local consultation begins on state water reforms
Local community consultation opportunity into the NSW Governments approach to water reform in NSW on Tuesday, 27th March in Moree from 2pm at the Max Centre.
“The discussion papers and consultation, are the start of a wider conversation with government and the community...
Water availability update
With the end of the summer irrigation season drawing to a near, water availability in the Gwydir has been revised in the February resource assessment with irrigators likely to carryover 46,000ML into next season whereas, environmental water managers holding the majority of water with 164,000ML. We have updated our current availability to reflect usage to-date, this is reported on an annual basis covering the water year.Read More
Missed opportunity for Northern communities
On Wednesday, 14th February 2018 the Federal Senate rejected an amendment to the Murray Darling Basin Plan which will see the northern recovery target return to 390 gigalitres, rather than the revised 320 gigalitres.
We’re looking to the Commonwealth and NSW Government to negotiate a speedy resolution that puts people, communities and the environment back as the priority.
Local Gwydir Valley Agronomist Kate Lumber has been selected as one of two showgirl finalists at the zone four final on the weekend. Kate will represent Moree at The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl competition next month. For more information see the Moree Champion article following.Read More
New Ag Minister visits Moree
The Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association (GVIA) together with Stahmann Farms hosted the new Federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud on Monday, 29 January 2018 at “Trawalla” east of Moree. The visit was organised by local Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton and the opportunity was used to showcase the innovative work of our local agricultural industries.Read More
Environmental tender provides opportunity for win-win
The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) today has announced it will tender up to 5GL (5,000 megalitres) of unused Gwydir General Security allocation in the Gwydir Valley.