South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS)
The River Murray is central to the social and economic structure of the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin region.
The river corridor is home to more than 90,000 people who rely on the prosperity of their local industries to sustain their communities.
By working to develop more industries in the region that are less dependent on water, our river communities will be stronger and more resilient when faced with environmental challenges such as drought.
- build strong and sustainable irrigation communities
- help to secure water resources needed for a healthy environment and a prosperous state
- boost regional productivity and help river communities adapt to a future of reduced water availability.
SARMS has been designed to achieve the outcomes sought by the Water Industry Alliance and agreed as part of the Basin Plan package negotiated by the State Government in 2012.
SARMS comprises two areas of investment:
- Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (SARMS 3IP).
- A suite of regional development, research and innovation programs.
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Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (SARMS 3IP)
SARMS 3IP is designed to deliver maximum and lasting benefit to river communities from the funding package.
It supports irrigators to ensure they remain at the forefront of irrigation practice whilst meeting the water return targets specified by the Basin Plan.
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Regional development, research and innovation programs
The Regional Economic Development element of SARMS complements the investment currently being made through the 3IP, and will support diverse opportunities that ensure less reliance on the River Murray water supply.
- SARMS - Industry-led Research Sub-Program (IRSP).
- SARMS - Loxton Research Centre Redevelopment.
- SARMS - Regional Development & Innovation Fund (RDIF).
- Mypolonga's first garlic farm kicks into high gear Monday 23 May 2016
- Pecans proving perfect match for Riverland Monday 23 May 2016
- Riverland's first purpose built backpacker resort open Wednesday 27 April 2016
- $1.85 million grant to help create jobs at Swan Reach Wednesday 17 February 2016
- Riverland company wins Loxton Research Centre construction tender Monday 11 January 2016
- National Centre of Excellence for almonds - officially opens today Friday 4 December 2015
- Loxton apple orchard reaping rewards from SARMS Friday 4 December 2015
- $50 million for third round of SARMS - now open Tuesday 17 November 2015
- River Murray research bolstered with $1.1 million funding Wednesday 4 November 2015
- Jobs and investment for SA River Murray businesses Wednesday 4 November 2015
- Construction Tender Open for the new Loxton Research Centre building Wednesday 14 October 2015
- Redevelopment of Loxton Research Centre one step closer Tuesday 25 August 2015
- $65 million for River Murray irrigation projects Wednesday 20 May 2015
- Innovative regional learning project will increase options for students Monday 4 May 2015
- 3IP goes nuts for almond development Thursday 30 April 2015
- Round Two open for SARMS Industry-led Research Sub-Program Monday 20 April 2015
- Next rounds to open for SARMS Regional Development and Innovation Fund Tuesday 7 April 2015
- 3IP funding accelerates Allunga Orchards future plans Wednesday 1 April 2015
- River Murray irrigation improvements boost economic activity Tuesday 24 March 2015
- River Murray funding for economic development projects Tuesday 24 March 2015
- 'Once in a lifetime' opportunity does not slip past Riverland growers Tuesday 3 March 2015
- Strong demand for 3IP River Murray irrigation fund Wednesday 10 December 2014
- Funds announced for River Murray sustainability research Wednesday 29 October 2014
Mypolonga's first garlic farm kicks into high gear
Organic garlic farmer Paul Cooper powered up his new mechanised garlic operation this month, with his entire crop already pre-sold.
Pecans proving perfect match for Riverland
Harvest has started on South Australia's first commercial pecan farm, with owner Dave Otto de Grancy ready for a bumper crop.
Riverland's first purpose built backpacker resort open
Quality seasonal worker accommodation in the Riverland is getting a boost with the opening today of the new purpose-built 236-bed Paringa Backpackers' Resort by Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock.
$1.85 million grant to help create jobs at Swan ReachA $1.85 million Regional Development and Innovation Fund (RDIF) grant will help establish a new almond cracking plant in Swan Reach, creating 15 new full-time jobs for the region.Read more about $1.85 million grant to help create jobs at Swan Reach
Riverland company wins Loxton Research Centre construction tenderConstruction will soon commence on the new conference facility as part of the Loxton Research Centre’s $7.5 million redevelopment with Michael Kregar Building Pty Ltd announced as the major contractor today.Read more about Riverland company wins Loxton Research Centre construction tender
National Centre of Excellence for almonds - officially opens todayThe Centre of Excellence for the Australian Almond Industry - the nation’s most valuable single horticultural crop - will be officially opened in the Riverland today.Read more about National Centre of Excellence for almonds - officially opens today
Loxton apple orchard reaping rewards from SARMSAn apple orchard in Loxton has used a $9 million SARMS grant to install weather-proof netting - greatly improving its yield and saving water..Read more about Loxton apple orchard reaping rewards from SARMS
$50 million for third round of SARMS - now openSouth Australian irrigators can now apply for a share of $50 million to modernise their infrastructure and improve water efficiency.Read more about $50 million for third round of SARMS - now open
River Murray research bolstered with $1.1 million fundingFour new research projects for South Australia’s River Murray have been granted a total of $1. 1 million through Round Two of the $5 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Industry-led Research Sub-Program (IRSP).Read more about River Murray research bolstered with $1.1 million funding
Jobs and investment for SA River Murray businessesMore than 50 jobs will be created along South Australia’s River Murray through funding offers of more than $3.1 million from the Regional Development and Innovation Fund (RDIF), as part of the Australian Government’s $265 million South Australia Rive…Read more about Jobs and investment for SA River Murray businesses
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