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 $917 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

$175, 122, 911

$122, 246,556

$347,369,467

Murray Irrigation Ltd

$169,226,315

$114,807,137

$284,033,452

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

$411,936,470

$249,623,797

$917,207,324

Projects approved under Rounds 1, 2 and 3 will provide the Australian Government with 158 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, $249.8 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 was completed in December 2016 and involved :

  • replacing and modifying regulating structures
  • installing flume gates
  • replacing culverts, enlargement of channel sections and raising banks
  • upgrading  escapes

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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 2017 and involves:

  • replacing existing fibrolite pipe system with UPVC pipe
  • upgrading pipeline control, valving and monitoring sites
  • installing pumps and pump stations
  • upgrading 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 2017 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 $122,246,556 and will transfer water entitlements that will return 13,663 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 in 2019 and involves:

  • channel lining with clay or ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber lining, including reforming earthen and concrete channels
  • channel/canal automation and remote monitoring of escapes and outlets
  • replacing inefficient channel systems with gravity pipelines and pumped stock and domestic systems
  • earth channel rehabilitation
  • conversion of dethridge wheels to compliant meters.

Murray Irrigation Ltd

Murray Irrigation received funding of $114,807,137 and will transfer water entitlements that will return 22,601 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:

  • 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, $412 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 meters with flume gates
  • replacing metering gates on major regulating structures with flume gates.

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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 scheme channels, including the removal and recycling of redundant structures
  • retiring properties from irrigation
  • lining water delivery channels with EPDM
  • 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 installation of flume gates and secondary regulating structures
  • installing compliant meters and outlets throughout the scheme
  • installing a secure stock and domestic water supply pipeline

Murrumbidgee Irrigation Ltd

Murrumbidgee Irrigation received funding of $175,122,911 and will transfer water entitlements that will return 37,521 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 2019 and involves:

  • replace one-third of the Scheme’s open channels with a pumped pipeline system in the Wah Wah area, linked to an on-farm pipe and trough system
  • automation and refurbishment of irrigation channels and channel control structures
  • replace concrete and earthen channel infrastructure with piped systems
  • on-farm infrastructure upgrades and works.

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 will be completed in 2018 and involves:

  • automating regulatory and off-take structures
  • installation of compliant meters
  • reconfiguring the irrigation channel network
  • decommissioning irrigation delivery channels and installing stock and domestic water supply systems.

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 2,070 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 a stock and domestic water supply system

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Coleambally Irrigation Cooperative Ltd

Coleambally Irrigation received funding of $43,764,727 and transferred water entitlements that will return 9, 569 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:

  • clay re-lining of the main delivery system's channel and rubber lining of a secondary canal
  • upgrading water delivery infrastructure on farms in the main Coleambally and West Coleambally Channel area
  • installing total channel control in the Kerarbury Channel and West Coleambally Channel.

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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 new pump stations and associated power connections
  • installing large capacity syphons under creeks and water courses
  • constructing new water delivery channels and structures
  • clay lining existing water delivery channels and new channel
  • decommissioning water delivery channels, structures and the existing pump site
  • retirement of farms from irrigation
  • installing new offtake gates, regulating gates and meters
  • channel reshaping an existing channel
  • upgrading water delivery infrastructure on farms.

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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 water delivery channels and retiring properties from irrigation
  • reshaping and lining water delivery channels
  • upgrading  existing structures
  • installing new structures, unmetered gates, metered farm outlets and metered telemetry structures, including upgrading the water delivery infrastructure on farms
  • installing a stock and domestic water supply pipeline to properties.

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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 new pipelines and refurbished open channels in the Lake Wyangan area
  • reinstatement of farm outlet structures and replacement of metered outlet structures with electromagnetic flow meters
  • installation of remote monitoring on 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

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