Rural water use efficiency
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 industry groups to provide 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:
- providing information through workshops, field days, fact sheets and web-based tools on ways to improve water and energy efficiency
- conducting assessments on irrigation and pumping systems to determine their efficiency and to identify where water and energy savings can be made
- offering incentives to irrigators to encourage them to make system and practice changes
- providing advice on managing agricultural wastewater, including the management of nutrients applied through irrigation.
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:
- Queensland Cane Growers Organisation - Canegrowers
- Queensland Dairyfarmers' Organisation - QDO
- Queensland Turf Producers Association
- Flower Association of Queensland
- Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland.
For the latter 3 industries, the focus of RWUE-IF is on their production sectors.
The government has provided funding of $8 million over 4 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 and 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 and Bundaberg/Childers - development of climate and soil/water information systems
|Queensland Dairyfarmers' Organisation||Upper Johnstone and Herbert - maintain/improve productivity through water and nutrient use efficiency and irrigation system change.
Callide Valley - maintain/improve productivity through water and nutrient use efficiency and irrigation system change.
South East Queensland - maintain/improve productivity through water and nutrient use efficiency and irrigation system change
|Growcom||Lakeland - maintain/improve productivity through irrigation system evaluations and irrigation scheduling. Upper Herbert and 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 and Garden Industry Queensland||Queensland wide - Improve productivity and sustainability through development of whole of farm management plans||$800,000|
|Turf Queensland||Southern and Northern Queensland - implement irrigation technology advancements and benchmarking to underpin farm productivity improvements||$365,342|
|Flower Association Queensland||Sunshine Coast and North Queensland - demonstrate water use efficiency through implementation of efficient irrigation hardware and practices||$313,000|
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
PO Box 15216
CITY EAST QLD 4002
Useful industry contacts
Ph: (07) 4688 1559
Ph: (07) 3821 3350
Ph: (07) 3236 2955
Ph: (07) 4613 1066
Mob: 0408 135 002
Nursery & Garden
Ph: (07) 3277 7900
Ph: (07) 3864 6444
Ph: (07) 3488 0916
- Last reviewed
- September 22, 2014
General enquiries 13 QGOV (13 74 68)