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$16.8 million for NSW salinity projects.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon John Anderson MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of the National Party

14 March 2003 A19/2003


The Federal Government has agreed to fund jointly four additional priority projects in New South Wales under the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality, the Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the National Party, John Anderson, announced today.

The total cost of the projects is $16.8 million.

"The Federal Government is spending $700 million on the National Action Plan, which is Australia's first comprehensive national strategy to tackle salinity and deteriorating water quality. It is one of the most critical issues facing regional Australia.

"The funding includes $9.3 million to continue implementing land and water plans in the Berriquin, Cadell, Denimein and Wakool irrigation areas on the Murray River. This year, the plans will result in the completion of 186 farm plans, 200 drainage re-use systems, the construction of 125 kilometres of stormwater escape channel and the management of 3,950 hectares of native vegetation.

"The local landholders are highly committed to the plans and are contributing twice as much to their implementation as governments. It's a great example of how governments and communities can work together in partnership to improve the farm environment.

"The package also includes $4.8 million in funding to continue implementing MIA Envirowise, which is the land and water management plan for the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.

"The results of MIA Envirowise will this year include 202 whole farm plans, the installation of 112 high tech horticultural irrigation systems, 43 drainage recycling systems, 2.4 kilometres of on-farm channel seepage control and the planting of 66 hectares of perennial vegetation. The plan will contribute to a 40 percent reduction in salt loads from the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area," Mr Anderson said.

The four projects are in addition to the $5.3 million from the NAP that will be spent on a wide-ranging feasibility study into achieving water savings in the Murrumbidgee Valley. They will be jointly funded by the Federal and NSW Governments.

Mr Anderson was speaking at the Wealth from Water conference in Wagga Wagga.

The details of the projects are attached.

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Murray Land and Water Management Plans

The plans include: on-farm incentives to encourage landholders to adopt best management practice; surface drainage; channel seepage control; research and development; monitoring; education and vegetation initiatives.


Lower Murray Irrigation Area Land and Water Management Plans

The plans will support an irrigation management course for irrigators as well as providing incentives to assist landholders upgrade on-farm irrigation systems, installation of soil moisture monitoring equipment to aid scheduling and preparation of irrigation and drainage management plans.


MIA Envirowise Continued implementation of MIA Envirowise, the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area Land and Water Management Plan. Measures in the plan include whole farm planning, drainage, channel seepage control and provision of incentives to enhance adoption of on-farm and system best management practises for water use efficiency.


Coleambally, Kerarbury and Coleambally Outfall Land and Water Management Plans

The package of measures in the proposal include whole farm planning, construction of water recycling systems and salinity survey.