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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.


SARMS will:

  • 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.
The $265 million funding package is funded by the Australian Government and delivered by the Government of South Australia through Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).

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.

You can watch our SARMS video:

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.

Subscribe to the 3IP mailing list to have program announcements emailed to you.

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.

Please email us if you have any questions about the SARMS regional development programs.

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Page Last Reviewed: 20 Apr 2015

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