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If you become aware that your meter is not working or is faulty, it is your responsibility to register using a s.91i self reporting process within 24 hours . You have 21 days then to have a Duly Qualified Person inspect your meter.  This process is also to be used if you have recently installed an approved local intelligence device (telemetry unit) as per the NSW non-urban Metering Rules and for some reason it is not connecting to the Data Acquisition Service or functioning correctly.
Provided you have a fully functioning water meter with data logging capability or are keeping appropriate records according to your licence conditions of water take, time, volume and purpose, you are not required to lodge a s.91i self report to access water ordered during this upcoming bulk delivery, even if you are awaiting final validation of your meter or install of your telemetry according to the new NSW non-urban Metering rules.
This delivery presents an opportunity for water users with approved water orders, to undertake flow testing and operational checks required to finalise your validation process, please let your DQP know your delivery schedule. 
You must keep records of your effort to be compliant by your required deadline according to NRAR's Compliance Approach  and the proposed industry implementation schedule.

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WaterNSW today advised that with low volumes of water available and continued hot, dry conditions, the single block release for 2020/21 general security deliveries in the Gwydir Valley will be brought forward.  
The revised dates for the block release from Copeton Dam are:
Releases will commence on Friday 26 November 2020, and
Releases will cease around 24 December 2020.
Orders must be placed prior to 18 December 2020 via iWAS or calling the helpdesk via 1300 662 077.  For users West of Moree place your orders ASAP to help ensure effecient delivery.

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As part of the NSW Government's commitment to regulating and measuring floodplain harvesting, changes to the Water Management (General) Regulation 2018 to include floodplain harvesting requirements are being proposed.

The proposed changes aim to improve the management of floodplain harvesting across NSW and will:

  • allow for floodplain harvesting licences to be issued,  
  • apply measurement requirements to floodplain harvesting, in line with NSW Government’s Floodplain Harvesting Measurement Policy
  • establish a state-wide exemption for tailwater return drains
  • ensure water users are confident in what can and cannot be taken from a floodplain prior to licenses being issued.   
Submissions 20 December 2020.

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After not being able to plant our irrigation efficiency trial last season due to no water, it is great to now have crops in the ground for this season. The trial will include a look at the new surface drip system from Netafim, a new EnviroNode Farm Automation Controller on the Smart Siphons, the lateral system, the original bankless system and the new fully automated bankless system with Padman Stops auto winches. 

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The Darling River in the northern basin contributes on average about 14 per cent of the total flow in the River Murray (the southern basin) at the point where the Darling enters the Murray.
In reality, most years do not deliver an average contribution from the Darling River. Averages mask extreme fluctuations in Darling flows, which are driven by the ephemeral and dynamic, boom and bust nature of rainfall in the northern Basin.
This means that major changes to inflows from the northern basin have only minor impacts on total Murray inflows. For example, DPIEW recently stated in an update to stakeholders that a 10% reduction in inflows from the Lower Darling would result in only a 1.4% reduction in total inflows to the River Murray.
The greatest influence on NSW allocations is the flow from the upper Murray catchments.

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GVIA vice chair Jim Cush, who also farms in the NSW Border Rivers and the Namoi, is relieved the Healthy Floodplains project - established to oversee the licencing - is nearing its end.
"It's been a long time coming, especially considering it started with the River Management Committee discussions that committed to licencing during the development of our first water sharing plan in the early 2000s," he said.
"The Department is finally getting its act together."
Gwydir Valley Irrigators Association (GVIA) has welcomed the state government's commitment to moving forward with its management of overland flow with the release of draft accounting rules and floodplain licensing outcomes for the Border Rivers, the first of the five valley's.

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NSW DPIE recently announced no further allocations for the Gwydir Valley.  Total water available remains at 37,000 megalitres  for general security  irrigation and 44 megalitres for environmental users after 5,000 megalitres of high security allocation was transferred into their general security account.  The essential supplies account is now 4,000 megalitres in deficit, which will need to be addressed prior to any new allocations.
Water NSW announced that unless conditions improve a single block release for general security allocations will be scheduled for 7 December and continue for approximately 28 days.  General security water will need to be stored on-farm as used as required.
(Photo: irrigated wheat prior to harvest, west Moree, NSW by Lou Gall).

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Water NSW have reopened the bulk water delivery planning survey until 30 October 2020. Please take the time to complete this short survey to lodge an expression of interest (EOI) for any future supplementary events that occur this water year and to tell WaterNSW about your regulated river water requirements for the season ahead including stock and domestic needs. 

Do not complete this survey if you have already.  They will collate the information to help determine water requirements for the upcoming season.  With less than 37GL of water to deliver for irrigators, orders will be grouped together to limit losses and you will be required to take water in a block and store water on-farm, if you want to access it.  We will also work with environmental water users to coordinate where possible.

Urgent and due by 30 October 2020.

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A reminder to members regarding their responsibilities for keep log books as part of the mandatory conditions for their licences, which can differ for Regulated, Unregulated and Groundwater users depending on the water source.  It is best that water users are familiar with these conditions, which can be accessed via searching the NSW Water Register and selecting the first search option and either searching your WAL or you licence number (90AL).  For more information visit our page.

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Copeton Dam is at 16.3% capacity with all essential supplies reserved for two years.  General security and environmental allocations total 5.07% for the year with 38,000 megalitres available to irrigators and 39,000 megalitres available to environmental water users.  This does not include any allocation available as high security which is 13,000 megalitres for irrigators and 5,700 megalitres for environmental water users.

WaterNSW are intending to operate via one bulk delivery for general security customers - please complete the survey or contact WaterNSW to ensure your needs are considered.

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Industry has developed a 'Metering Implementation Schedule' to capture your farm information in relation to surface water, groundwater and floodplain harvesting metering and measurement. Its purpose is two-fold and it is a priority for all water users that fall within the first metering deadline of 1 December 2020 and who have eligible floodplain harvesting ROIs. The document will capture data to inform industry progress, future timelines and existing measures in place to meter and measure take. 
There are no other government systems in place to capture this information and it is important indsutry, government and the community can collect data to understand the progress made towards NSW new metering rules and the market challenges in meeting them.  For this reason, we request you send the completed form back to your industry group for collation.  

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Many farms in the Gwydir Valley have gravity components internally, however there are limited numbers of gravity diversions for the purposes of accessing either regulated or unregulated water. You need to check your Works Approval via WaterNSW register selecting A particular water licence or approval (including conditions) if you know your 90AL number OR A particular property (in relation to water licences or approvals) to find your 90AL number using your Lot and DP.  
Then see what has been listed there - if it says diversion channel you have until 1 December 2021 to ensure your meter meets the new metering rules.  If not, you must meet the requirements for larger than 500mm pumps by this December or for smaller sites, 1 December 2021.
NOTING as per WSPs the metering installation can be located anywhere between the point of extraction and the first inlet/outlet locations.    

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