Goulburn Broken

30 YEARS DONE!

A RECORD OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SHEPPARTON IRRIGATION REGION LAND AND WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN (SIRLWMP) OVER 30 YEARS

We are proud that our farmers, communities and agencies have worked closely for so long to make large-scale and sensible on-ground changes happen.

– Kelvin Bruce – Chair of the SIR People and Planning Integration Committee
Shepparton Irrigation Region People and Planning Integration Committee visits a Lancaster Dairy Farm, Caroline Keenan

About the Project

2020/21 marks the 30th anniversary of the SIRLWMP – a plan established to direct strategic investment into on-ground works that build long-term environmental, social and economic outcomes across the irrigated landscape of the Goulburn Broken and parts of the North Central catchments

SIR People and Planning Integration Committee chair Kelvin Bruce said “We are proud that our farmers, communities and agencies have worked closely for so long to make large-scale and sensible on-ground changes.

The Plan’s focus broadened from salinity to include water quality, biodiversity, waterway management, water availability, climate change and community resilience.

Over the 30 years, government investment of $650 million was more than matched by farmer and community contributions of $2 billion to implement over 300,000 hectares of on-ground actions through 7,057 incentives.

Looking to the next 30 years, Mr Bruce said there was plenty still to be achieved. “Against a backdrop of climate change, we face ongoing challenges to save species and to ensure all our consumptive and environmental water users receive a fair share.”

Output 2020/21

1 written report (30-year achievements summary), 30-year outputs; 737 km channel (drain), 3,567 water structures (reuse system), 330,801 hectares irrigation systems improved (laser levelling), 81 gigalitres water savings, 1,822 ha fenced, 2,078 hectares revegetation ,4,456 plans (whole farm plans).

Delivery Partners

Regional community, landowners and farmers, Goulburn Murray Landcare Network, three local governments, Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation, Taungurung Land and Waters Council, Goulburn Valley Environment Group, VFF, Goulburn Murray Water, Agriculture Victoria, DELWP, Goulburn Valley Water, Commonwealth Government, universities and schools.

More information

Read more about this project in the full Actions & Achievements Report 2020-21.

Contact Goulburn Broken CMA https://www.gbcma.vic.gov.au/

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