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 are better placed to respond and be more resilient to the effects of fluctuating water availability and future climate change challenges.
The $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) program is funded by the Australian Government, under a National Partnership Agreement, and is being delivered by PIRSA over six years to mid-2019.
SARMS is helping to secure the future health of the South Australian River Murray region and supporting the growth of strong and sustainable irrigation communities.
SARMS is helping to:
- build strong and sustainable irrigation communities
- 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:
- $240 million Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (SARMS 3IP).
- $25 million Regional Economic Development program. This encompasses the Regional Development and Innovation Fund (RDIF), the Industry-led Research Sub-program (IRSP) and the Loxton Research Centre redevelopment..
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Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (SARMS 3IP)
The $240 million 3IP component of SARMS is a competitive grants program created by industry to support the restoration of a healthy Murray Darling Basin environment by aiming to recover 40GL of water access entitlements from participating irrigators.
3IP is the flagship element of SARMS and is supporting SA River Murrayirrigators to remain at the forefront of irrigation practice and the wider communities, in their efforts to be better placed to respond to the Murray Darling Basin Plan and be more resilient to the effects of fluctuating water availability.
Under Round 1 and 2, the $240 million SARMS 3IP has offered almost $164 million and helped secure around 33 gigalitres of water ready to be returned to the river. Contracts for Round 3 projects are currently being finalised.
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More information regarding 3IP.
Regional economic development
The Regional Economic Development (RED) element of SARMS complements the investment currently being made through the 3IP, and will support diverse new business and employment opportunities that address the socio-economic requirements under the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
- SARMS - Industry-led Research Sub-Program (IRSP).
- SARMS - Loxton Research Centre Redevelopment.
- SARMS - Regional Development & Innovation Fund (RDIF).
Please email us if you have any questions about the SARMS RED programs.
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- $177 million invested into River Murray irrigation projects Thursday 16 June 2016
- Loxton Research Centre raises the roof Tuesday 31 May 2016
- 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
Yalumba’s Patchwork philosophyYalumba’s Patchwork Vineyard was destined to become a very special vineyard.Read more about Yalumba’s Patchwork philosophy
$177 million invested into River Murray irrigation projectsA scheme designed to increase irrigation efficiency and return water to the River Murray has reached a new milestone.Read more about $177 million invested into River Murray irrigation projects
Loxton Research Centre raises the roofConstruction is progressing well on the Loxton Research Centre redevelopment, with the roof of the new building now in place.Read more about Loxton Research Centre raises the roof
Mypolonga's first garlic farm kicks into high gearOrganic garlic farmer Paul Cooper powered up his new mechanised garlic operation this month, with his entire crop already pre-sold.Read more about Mypolonga's first garlic farm kicks into high gear
Pecans proving perfect match for RiverlandHarvest has started on South Australia's first commercial pecan farm, with owner Dave Otto de Grancy ready for a bumper crop.Read more about Pecans proving perfect match for Riverland
Riverland's first purpose built backpacker resort openQuality 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.Read more about Riverland's first purpose built backpacker resort open
$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
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