Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program in New South Wales

​The Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program in New South Wales (PIIOP-NSW) aims to improve the efficiency and productivity of water use and management of private irrigation networks to deliver water savings for the environment. Water entitlements resulting from water savings generated from eligible projects, both off and on-farm, will help to secure a sustainable future for irrigation communities.

PIIOP projects will allow private irrigation infrastructure operators and their customers to reduce water losses and manage their water allocations more efficiently. Projects assist irrigation communities to adapt to a future scenario of reduced water availability due to climate change. PIIOP is one of the major elements of the Inter-Governmental Agreement on Murray–Darling Basin Reform.

Fourteen projects, with funding of $893 million, have been approved to improve the efficiency of off-farm irrigation systems and on-farm water use through measures such as:

  • upgrading and modernising irrigation channels
  • installing pressurised pipeline systems
  • installing total channel control (remote control of the irrigation system)
  • constructing secure stock and domestic water delivery systems.

Organisation

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total Funding

Marthaguy Irrigation Scheme Pty Ltd

9 407 190

$9 407 190

Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Ltd

43 764 727

7 350 000

1 198 500

$52 313 227

Tenandra Scheme

37 475 140

$37 475 140

Trangie Nevertire Co-operative Ltd

115 000 000

$115 000 000

Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd

50 000 000

149 622 911

84 898 556

$284 521 467

Murray Irrigation Ltd

169 226 315

153 324 868

$322 551 183

Narromine Irrigation Board of Management

60 237 244

$60 237 244

Goodnight Irrigation Trust

1 167 040

$1 167 040

Hay Private Irrigation District

10 204 564

$10 204 564

Total Funding

$255 647 057

$386 436 470

$250 793 528

$892 877 055

Projects approved under Rounds 1, 2 and 3 will provide the Australian Government with 151 billion litres of water every year on average over the long term to help “bridge the gap” to the sustainable diversion limits under the Murray–Darling Basin Plan. The investment in infrastructure projects will also help to boost the economic and social outcomes for regional communities.

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Round 3—closed on 12 May 2015

Under Round 3 of PIIOP-NSW, $250.8 million in funding was granted to five irrigation infrastructure operators.

Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Ltd
Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative received funding of $1 198 500 and transferred water entitlements that will return 242 ML every year on average over the long-term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Murrumbidgee catchment. This project is expected to be completed by December 2016 and involves:

  • upgrading and modifying 7 regulating structures
  • installing 13 flume gates
  • replacing 7 culverts and raising 4 banks
  • upgrading 29 escapes.

Goodnight Irrigation Trust
Goodnight Irrigation received funding of $1 167 040 and transferred water entitlements that will return 173 ML every year on average over the long-term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Murray catchment.  This project is expected to be completed by December 2016 and involves:

  • replacing existing fibrolite pipe system with 6,810 m of UPVC pipe
  • upgrading pipeline control, valving and monitoring sites
  • installing pumps and pump stations
  • upgrading 30 service outlet points
  • installing system automation and system screen filtration.

Hay Private Irrigation District
Hay Private Irrigation received funding of $10 204 564 and transferred water entitlements that will return 2 549 ML every year on average over the long-term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Murrumbidgee catchment.  This project is expected to be completed by December 2016 and involves:

  • installing pipelines, meters, pumps and a pump station
  • installing automation and remote control technology
  • decommissioning of regulating structures, culverts, bridges and crossings associated with the open channel system.

Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd
Murrumbidgee Irrigation received funding of $84 898 556 and will transfer water entitlements that will return 9 489 ML every year on average over the long-term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Murrumbidgee catchment.  This project is expected to be completed 2019 and involves:

  • channel lining with clay or ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber lining, including reforming earthen and concrete channels
  • channel automation, including automation of the main canal regulators, Sturt Canal and unmetered escapes
  • replacing inefficient channel systems with gravity pipelines and pumped stock and domestic systems
  • replacing dethridge wheels with compliant meters.

Murray Irrigation Ltd
Murray Irrigation received funding of $153 324 868 and will transfer water entitlements that will return 26 026 ML every year on average over the long-term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Murray catchment.  This project is expected to be completed 2019 and involves:

  • Channel lining with clay
  • Upgrading escapes to enable accurate metering and remote control
  • Channel reconfiguration work
  • Sub-system retirement with provision for secure stock and domestic supply
  • Upgrading Main Canal infrastructure
  • Conversion of landholdings to dryland farming by installation of stock and domestic supply

Round 2—closed 22 July 2011

Under Round 2 of PIIOP-NSW, $386.4 million in funding was granted to four irrigation infrastructure operators.

Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative Ltd

Coleambally Irrigation Co-operative received funding of $7 350 000 and transferred water entitlements that will return 1 641 ML every year on average over the long-term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Murrumbidgee catchment. Construction on this project to provide a total channel control system was completed in September 2015 and involved:

  • constructing a 600 ML in-line storage to increase the efficiency and reliability of the Scheme
  • replacing 100 meters with flume gates
  • replacing metering gates on major regulating structures with 19 flume gates.

Narromine Irrigation Board of Management

Narromine Irrigation Board of Management received funding of $60 237 244 and transferred water entitlements that will return 8 411 ML every year on average over the long-term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Macquarie catchment. Construction on this project was completed in December 2015 and involved:

  • decommissioning 80 km of the scheme's channels, including the removal and recycling of approximately 100 redundant structures
  • retiring 19 properties from irrigation
  • lining 161 km of water delivery channels, with EPDM
  • constructing 13 km of channel realignment
  • upgrading the pump site's electrical controls and software to integrate it into the new automated water management system
  • modernising the water supply control system and its telemetry, including installing up to 44 flume gates and secondary regulating structures
  • replacing all Dethridge wheels with approved meters to national standards
  • construction of a secure stock and domestic water supply pipeline over 190 km to supply water to up to 60 properties.

Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd

Murrumbidgee Irrigation received funding of $149 622 911 and will transfer water entitlements that will return 30 871 ML every year on average over the long term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Murrumbidgee catchment. This project is expected to be completed by December 2018 and involves:

  • installation of a 455 km stock and domestic water supply system
  • conversion of approximately 243 km of channels to an automated channel control system, including automated control on 264 regulators comprising 322 gates, upgrade/replacement of 139 channel control system structures and new meters for 105 system structures
  • decommissioning approximately 5 km of channel
  • replacement of approximately 62 km of channels with a gravity pipeline system
  • upgrades to water delivery infrastructure on approximately 207 properties.

Murray Irrigation Ltd

Murray Irrigation received funding of $169 226 315 for a project that will return 37 596 ML every year on average over the long term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Murray catchment. This project is expected to be completed by October 2018 and involves:

  • upgrading 2 488 meters and 1 318 regulatory channel structures
  • upgrading 70 outlet meters and 42 regulatory structures in the Berriquin division
  • upgrading the current telemetry system and ScadaConnect™ system
  • installing a new water ordering system
  • reducing outlet numbers in 91 channel sections
  • reconfiguring 91 channel sections
  • decommissioning 101.6 km of irrigation channel network
  • transferring ownership of 99.8 km of irrigation channels to irrigation customers
  • installing 40 large flow outlet meters
  • installing 66 km of stock and domestic water supply system
  • completing on-farm works on 30 landholdings to facilitate rationalisation.

Round 1—closed 27 November 2009

Under the PIIOP-NSW Round 1, $255.6 million in funding was granted to five irrigation infrastructure operators.

Marthaguy Irrigation Scheme

Marthaguy Irrigation Scheme received funding of $9 407 190 and transferred water entitlements that will return 2070 ML every year on average over the long term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Macquarie catchment. This project was completed in June 2012 and involved:

  • decommissioning part of the scheme, installing an improved irrigation management system (that included a river level gauge, channel gauges, metering of farm off takes and a telemetry system that allows for the remote control of the irrigation system—total channel control)
  • installing 60 km of stock and domestic water supply system

Coleambally Irrigation Cooperative Ltd

Coleambally Irrigation received funding of $43 764 727 and transferred water entitlements that will return 9 568 ML every year on average over the long term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Murrumbidgee. Construction on this project was completed in June 2015 and involved:

  • lining 10 km of the main delivery system's channel to target known water loss hotspots
  • upgrading water delivery infrastructure on 80 farms in the main Coleambally area and 13 farms in the West Coleambally Channel area
  • installing total channel control in the 30 km Kerarbury Channel and the 150 km West Coleambally Channel.

Tenandra Scheme

Tenandra Scheme received funding of $37 475 140 and transferred water entitlements that will return 5 251 ML every year on average over the long term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Macquarie catchment. This project was completed in May 2016 and involved:

  • constructing two new pump stations and associated power connections
  • installing 1 100 m of large capacity syphons under creeks and water courses
  • constructing 22 km of new water delivery channels and 34 new structures
  • clay lining 12 km of existing water delivery channels and 2 km of new channel
  • decommissioning 58 km of water delivery channels, 22 structures and the existing pump site
  • retirement of 6 farms from irrigation
  • installing 24 new offtake gates and 24 meters
  • installing 19 new regulating gates, 3 with new meters
  • channel reshaping of 20 km of existing channel
  • upgrading water delivery infrastructure on 3 farms.
  • Final Project Report - Tenandra Scheme Modernisation ProjectPDF Icon PDF [4 MB]

Trangie-Nevertire Co-operative Ltd

Trangie-Nevertire Co-operative received funding of $115 000 000 for a project that will return 11 516 ML every year on average over the long term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Macquarie catchment. The project was completed in March 2015 and involved:

  • reducing the size of the Scheme by approximately one third, including removing 97 km of water delivery channels and retiring 19 properties from irrigation
  • reshaping and lining 144 km (110 km EPDM rubber, 34 km clay) of water delivery channels
  • upgrading 58 existing structures
  • installing 64 new structures, 20 unmetered gates, 38 metered farm outlets and 9 metered telemetry structures, including upgrading the water delivery infrastructure on 28 farms
  • installing a 229 km stock and domestic water supply pipeline to supply water to 102 properties.
  • Final Project Report – Trangie-Nevertire Co-operative Ltd Modernisation ProjectPDF Icon PDF [6.18 MB]

Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd

Murrumbidgee Irrigation received funding of $50 000 000 and  transferred water entitlements that will return 5 700 ML every year on average over the long term to the Australian Government to help bridge the gap in the Murrumbidgee catchment.  Construction on this project was completed in June 2015 and involved:

  • replacing a deteriorating concrete-lined channel supply system with an integrated water supply system of 13.8 km of new pipelines and 21.8 km of refurbished open channels in the Lake Wyangan area
  • reinstatement of 81 farm outlet structures and replacement of 91 metered outlet structures with electromagnetic flow meters
  • installation of remote monitoring on 213 metered farm outlets
  • automation of remaining open channels.

Further information

Contact our Water Division for more information on the Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program in New South Wales.
Email form: Water Division
Phone: 1800 900 090