Have your say on the Water for Fodder program

26 March 2020

As part of the Coalition Government’s ongoing drought support, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is reviewing round one of the Water for Fodder program.

In addition to feedback already received, the review includes an online survey for irrigators and members of the public. The department will also have targeted consultations with key stakeholder groups, such as irrigation networks.

Minister for Resources, Water, and Northern Australia Keith Pitt encouraged people to have their say on round one of this emergency drought measure announced in November 2019.

“Under round one of the Water for Fodder program, so far over 90 per cent of successful applicants have received their water, with the remaining farmers to have theirs by the end of March” Minister Pitt said.

“Many applicants have already shared their ideas, so we’re keen to learn more from everyone in the community.

“We’ll be taking their suggestions into account on how we can maximise the potential of round two, and to make this water even more productive for drought-affected farmers.”

The survey on round one of the Water for Fodder program is available at https://haveyoursay.agriculture.gov.au/water-for-fodder. It will close on Thursday, 9 April 2020.

Fast Facts:

  • The Water for Fodder program is an Australian Government drought measure to provide up to 100 gigalitres of water to farmers in the southern connected Murray-Darling Basin to grow fodder and pasture.
  • This water is being made available through the operation of the Adelaide Desalination Plant under an agreement between the Australian and South Australian Governments. This review is required as part of that agreement.
  • Under the first round of the Water for Fodder program, 40 gigalitres was available with over 4,000 applications received. A random ballot selected 800 successful applicants to receive a 50 ML parcel of water.
  • Water is on the accounts of over 90 per cent of successful applicants. All trades to successful applicants are expected to be completed by the end of March 2020.
  • This review will inform development of a subsequent round of Water for Fodder.
  • There is up to 60 GL available in round two.