The rural water use efficiency—irrigation futures (RWUE-IF) initiative helps irrigators make better use of their on-farm water supplies, through efficient irrigation system design and management.
It also helps irrigators reduce the energy consumption associated with their pumping applications.
RWUE-IF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and major rural industries, where the government provides financial support to support industry groups in providing services to irrigators.
Another component is to fund projects by key irrigation industry and research bodies that provide coordination and technical support, service sector engagement and promote the adoption of new technologies to support the industry programs.
Each industry group implements RWUE-IF via their respective programs to provide services to irrigators, including:
Initial priority will be given to those areas where water allocations are reduced or under stress to assist those irrigators deal with less water available to them. In some areas impacted by issues such as rising water tables, assistance will be provided to promote sustainable on-farm water use.
RWUE-IF involves the following industry groups:
For the latter three industries, the focus of RWUE-IF is on their production sectors.
The government has provided funding of $8 million over four years from July 2013. The program is being delivered statewide, except in the Queensland portion of the Murray-Darling Basin where the Healthy HeadWaters program operates.
Industry grants that have been awarded to date are summarised below:
|Rural industry group||Project||Funding 2014 - 2017|
|Canegrowers||Burdekin - On-farm irrigation system efficiency; dewatering bores; climate & soil/water information systems.
Tablelands – Work with the Northern Gulf NRM group to promote practice change for irrigation system efficiencies in Arriga basin.
Whitsundays/Proserpine, Mackay/Sarina & Bundaberg/Childers – Development of climate &soil/water information systems
|Qld Dairyfarmers' Organisation||Upper Johnstone & Herbert – Maintain/improve productivity through water & nutrient use efficiency and irrigation system change.
Callide Valley - Maintain/improve productivity through water & nutrient use efficiency and irrigation system change.
South East Queensland - Maintain/improve productivity through water & nutrient use efficiency and irrigation system change.
|Growcom||Lakeland – Maintain/improve productivity through irrigation system evaluations and irrigation scheduling. Upper Herbert & Johnstone, Lockyer, Burnett, Central Highlands and Mareeba-Dimbulah - Improve productivity and sustainability through irrigation system evaluations, irrigation scheduling and fertigation techniques.||$1,200,000|
|Nursery & Garden Industry Qld||Qld wide – Improve productivity and sustainability through development of whole of farm management plans.||$800,000|
|Turf Queensland||Southern & Northern Qld – Implement irrigation technology advancements and benchmarking to underpin farm productivity improvements.||$365,342|
|Flower Association Qld||Sunshine Coast & North Qld – Demonstrate water use efficiency through implementation of efficient irrigation hardware and practices.||$313,000|
Department of Natural Resources & Mines
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Email: Graham Harris
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