Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program

River Murray in South Australia Constraints Measure Early Works Project

This Schedule will fund the River Murray in South Australia Constraints Measure Early Works Project (the Project) which will fast-track the upgrade of some sites for the South Australian (SA) River Murray Constraints Measure.

The upgrades will manage the impacts of flows proposed under the constraints measure and include improving access roads and tracks and installing and modifying infrastructure.

The Project builds on the preconstruction activities undertaken under the Project Agreement for Stage 1 Funding for Sustainable Diversion Limits Adjustment Supply and Constraints Measures in the Murray-Darling Basin (Schedule C). Preconstruction activities include design work, site assessments, community engagement and the development of an implementation proposal, expected in June 2022, for the Constraints Measure.

The SA River Murray Constraints Measure is part of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan's Sustainable Diversion Limit (SDL) adjustment mechanism, which enables the Plan's SDLs to be increased by 605 gigalitres (GL).

Queensland Fish-friendly Water Extraction Project: Condamine-Balonne and Border Rivers

The Schedule supports the delivery of the Queensland Fish-friendly Water Extraction Project: Condamine-Balonne and Border Rivers (the Project), as part of the Northern Basin Toolkit Measures.

This Project will :

  • screen offtake pumps and diversion infrastructure to ensure fish are not removed from northern Basin rivers and so increase native fish populations in relevant catchments. The demonstration sites are located in reaches of the Lower Balonne River, the Queensland Border Rivers and the Condamine River.
  • increase the uptake of screening technology by irrigators more broadly across the northern Basin.

Wilcannia Weir Refurbishment Project

This Schedule will support the refurbishment of Wilcannia Weir, which will:

  • improve water security and contribute to better Basin Plan outcomes for the Indigenous community of Wilcannia
  • enhance opportunities for cultural gatherings
  • provide for low impact water recreation activities
  • enhance environmental outcomes by improving fish movement along the Darling Rover including through the construction of a weir fishway.

Accelerated funding: NSW supply and constraints projects

This Schedule will support the Commonwealth and States to implement the package of supply and constraints measures to give effect to an amendment to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (Basin Plan) which commenced in law on 13 January 2018 and enabled the Basin Plan's Sustainable Diversion Limits to be increased by 605 gigalitres (GL).

The Schedule complements the existing agreement set out in the Project Agreement (Project Agreement for Stage 1 Funding for Sustainable Diversion Limits Adjustment Supply and Constraints Measures in the Murray-Darling Basin) and the deliverables set out in its related Schedule A (Stage 1. Funding for New South Wales Supply and Constraints Measures).

The Schedule accelerates the delivery of five specific measures originally anticipated to be delivered under a new funding agreement for Stage 2 activities. These activities will be accelerated ahead of the completion of Stage 1 (Schedule A to the Project Agreement), and/or prior to the approval for progress with the comprehensive project works package for any remaining Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjust Mechanism (SDLAM) projects. This will allow streamlined assessment and delivery of the five measures by 30 June 2024.

Northern Murray-Darling Basin Metering Program

This Schedule will support the delivery of stronger compliance in the northern Basin as intended by the Australian Government's commitments in the Murray-Darling Basin Communities Investment Package by building capacity of metering and telemetry and improving the information available to water users and compliance officers.

Local Engagement Facilitator for Collarenebri and Warren

This schedule will support the employment of a local engagement facilitator over three years to identify economic development opportunities and funding opportunities that may facilitate investment in the New South Wales communities of Collarenebri and Warren. 

Phase 1 Funding for the Lower Darling Fish Passage Program

To support the delivery of the Lower Darling Fish Passage Program (Program). The objective of the Program is to restore fish passage connectivity along the Lower Darling River by refurbishing existing fishways at Weir 32, Pooncarie weir and Burtundy weir.