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$177 million invested into River Murray irrigation projects

Posted 16.06.2016

2016 June 16

A scheme designed to increase irrigation efficiency and return water to the River Murray has reached a new milestone.

View the full news release - $177 million invested into River Murray irrigation projects

Loxton Research Centre raises the roof

Posted 31.05.2016

2016 May 31

Construction is progressing well on the Loxton Research Centre redevelopment, with the roof of the new building now in place.

View the full media release - Loxton Research Centre raises the roof

Pecans proving perfect match for Riverland

Posted 23.05.2016

2016 May 23

Harvest has started on South Australia's first commercial pecan farm, with owner Dave Otto de Grancy ready for a bumper crop.

View the full news release - Pecans proving perfect match for Riverland

Mypolonga's first garlic farm kicks into high gear

Posted 23.05.2016

2016 May 23

Organic garlic farmer Paul Cooper powered up his new mechanised garlic operation this month, with his entire crop already pre-sold.

View the full news release -Mypolonga's first garlic farm kicks into high gear

Round Three of the Irrigation Industry Assistance Program (3IP) has now closed.

Posted 22.03.2016

2016 March 22

Successful Round Three Expression of Interest (EoI) applicants were invited to submit a full application.  Round Three full applications opened on 8 February 2016 and closed at 7:00am (ACDT) on 21 March 2016.

Assessment of the applications is underway and successful projects will be announced in mid-2016.

Successful Round Three 3IP Expressions of Interest (EoI) invited to make a full application.

Posted 08.02.2016

2016 February 08

Successful Round Three 3IP EoI applicants are invited to submit a full application from today.  Round Three full applications will close 5pm (ACDT) on 18th March 2016.

3IP Expressions of Interest (EoI) close today

Posted 14.12.2015

2015 December 14

Round Three of the 3IP opened on 16 November 2015 and Expressions of Interest (EoI) closed on Friday, 11 December 2015.  If you have submitted an EoI we will contact you in the next few weeks regarding the assessed outcome of your submission.

Loxton apple orchard reaping rewards from SARMS

Posted 04.12.2015

2015 December 04

An apple orchard in Loxton has used a $9 million SARMS grant to install weather-proof netting – greatly improving its yield and saving water.

View the full news release - Loxton apple orchard reaping rewards from SARMS

3IP Clarifications

Posted 02.12.2015

2015 December 02

Last week, the Program held numerous information sessions across the Region. As with Rounds One and Two, the link to the presentation from the information sessions has been made available.

As a result of these information sessions, the Program has provided some clarifications and responses to frequently asked questions for you to consider in developing your EoI.

3IP Guidelines: Round Three Available

Posted 16.11.2015

2015 November 16

3IP Guidelines: Round Three Available

Posted 16.11.2015

2015 November 16

You can download the 3IP Guidelines: Round Three

Round Three of the 3IP opens for Expressions of Interest (EoI)

Posted 13.11.2015

2015 November 13

The third round of grants under the $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP) will open for Expressions of Interest on Monday, 16 November 2015 and on 11 December 2015.

Rounds One and Two have offered $170 million of investments resulting in around 33 gigalitres of water made ready for return to the River.

Third round of $240 million River Murray program open

Posted 05.11.2015

2015 November 05

The third round of grants under the $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP) will open for Expressions of Interest on Monday 16 November, 2015.

Tuesday 24 NovemberRenmark Hotel11am – 1pm


5pm – 7pm
Wednesday 25 NovemberWaikerie Hotel10am – 12pm

Murray Bridge Golf Club4pm – 6pm

To attend an information session, please email pirsa.sarmsadmin@sa.gov.au or telephone 1300 364 322.

View the full news release - $50 million available for innovative irrigation infrastructure in SA.

SARMS video

Posted 17.09.2015

2015 September 17

You can watch our video on the SARMS Program:

Australian Tax Office Fact Sheet

Posted 21.08.2015

2015 August 21

The Australian Tax Office  has developed a fact sheet to assist grantees with the tax information in relation to your 3IP grant:

View the ATO Fact Sheet (via www.ato.gov.au).

$65 million for River Murray irrigation projects

Posted 20.05.2015

2015 May 20

More than $65 million will be shared by 61 South Australian irrigation and industry projects to improve farm productivity and return water to the River Murray.

View a map of Round One and Two funding offers - $170 million (PDF 965.9 KB).

View full the full news release - $65 million for River Murray irrigation projects.

3IP goes nuts for almond development

Posted 30.04.2015

2015 April 30

The recent announcement of the new National Almond Centre for Excellence, augers well for almond projects being funded through the South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (SARMS 3IP).

View full the full news release - 3IP goes nuts for almond development.

3IP funding accelerates Allunga Orchards future plans

Posted 01.04.2015

2015 April 01

The South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (SARMS 3IP) has kick-started the latest redevelopment plans for Waikerie family business, Allunga Orchards.

View full the full news release - 3IP funding accelerates Allunga Orchards future plans.

River Murray irrigation improvements boost economic activity

Posted 24.03.2015

2015 March 24

Huge economic benefits along the River Murray are being realised thanks to the $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program - Irrigation Industry Improvement Program.

View full the full news release - River Murray irrigation improvements boost economic activity.

'Once in a lifetime' opportunity does not slip past Riverland growers

Posted 03.03.2015

2015 March 03

With the devastation of the drought still fresh in their memories, Glossop locals Bill and Sandy Efrosinis of Pennyfield Pome planned a redevelopment of their property with careful attention to detail.  When they heard about the $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (SARMS 3IP), they knew it was a game-changer.

View the full news release - ‘Once in a lifetime’ opportunity does not slip past Riverland growers.

Strong demand for 3IP River Murray irrigation fund

Posted 10.12.2014

2014 December 10

River Murray irrigators have shown huge demand for Round Two of the Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP).

See South Australia’s progress towards our ambitious but achievable target of returning 40 gigalitres of water to the Murray Darling Basin 

View the full news release - Strong demand for 3IP River Murray fund.

3IP Round Two - invitation to submit full application

Posted 24.11.2014

2014 November 24

Assessment has been completed on the Expressions of Interest that were submitted for Round Two of 3IP. If you have received an email inviting you to submit a full application from PIRSA, please check the Participate page for what you need to do next.

If you require further assistance, please contact your local Regional Support Officer.

3IP Round Two - EoI now closed

Posted 18.10.2014

2014 October 18
The Expression of Interest period for Round Two of 3IP closed at 5:00pm (ACDT) on 17 October 2014.
If you have submitted an EoI, you will be contacted within the next few weeks regarding the outcome of your proposal's assessment.
If you require further assistance, please contact your local Regional Support Officer.

3IP Round Two EoI Form

Posted 23.09.2014

2014 September 23

You can now complete the Expression of Interest Form.  It has a closing time of 5:00pm (ACDT) on 17 October 2014.

3IP Guidelines: Round Two Available

Posted 22.09.2014

2014 September 22

You can now download the 3IP Guidelines: Round Two.

The Expression of Interest Form has a closing time of 5:00pm (ACDT) on 17 October 2014.

Second round of $240 million River Murray program open

Posted 16.09.2014

2014 September 16

The second round of grants under the $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP) will open for Expressions of Interest on Monday September 22, 2014..

Register your interest in the program

Contract Information Form

Posted 13.08.2014

2014 August 13

We have received some questions relating to the Contract Information Form – if this is relevant to you, please read the response to these questions (PDF 406.1 KB).

thumbnail for document - SARMS 3IP Round 1 Contract Information Form: Frequently Asked Questions

Major economic stimulus for River Murray communities

Posted 24.07.2014

2014 July 24

Grants totalling more than $100 million will flow to almost 100 South Australian River Murray irrigation and industry projects.

This includes projects such as $12.7 million to replant an existing production area with new crops and a new irrigation system, $5.2 million for a new onion and potato farm to supply a national supermarket chain, and a $2.2 million project to convert a disused almond orchard into an irrigated lucerne hay business.

View the full news release - Major economic stimulus for River Murray communities.

Riverland to benefit from major economic stimulus

Posted 21.07.2014

2014 July 21

The Riverland has won a share of more than $100 million in grants for South Australian River Murray irrigation and industry projects.

The grants are being made through the Australian Government-funded $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP), and the projects will return about half the water required under the programs 40-gigalitre target for water recovery.

View the full news release - Riverland to benefit from major economic stimulus.

Mid-Murray to benefit from major economic stimulus

Posted 21.07.2014

2014 July 21

The mid-Murray region has won a share of more than $100 million in grants for South Australian River Murray irrigation and industry projects.

The grants are being made through the Australian Government-funded $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP), and the projects will return about half the water required under the programs 40-gigalitre target for water recovery.

View the full news release - Mid-Murray to benefit from major economic stimulus.

Lower Murray to benefit from major economic stimulus

Posted 21.07.2014

2014 July 21

The Lower Murray region has won a share of more than $100 million in grants for South Australian River Murray irrigation and industry projects.

The grants are being made through the Australian Government-funded $240 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP), and the projects will return about half the water required under the programs 40-gigalitre target for water recovery.

View the full news release - Lower Murray to benefit from major economic stimulus.