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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.

 

Strong response to River Murray irrigation program grant offer

Posted 23.06.2014

2014 June 23
A range of proposed irrigation efficiency improvement projects in South Australia’s Murray Darling Basin are being assessed for funding under the $240 million Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP). View the full News Release - Strong response to River Murray irrigation program grant offer.

Reference group for River Murray Sustainability Program

Posted 10.06.2014

2014 June 10

Primary Industries and Regions SA is calling for nominations for a new community and industry reference group to help the $265 million South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS) deliver a range of benefits to river communities.

View the full news release - Reference group for River Murray Sustainability Program

Call for Nominations

Posted 10.06.2014

2014 June 10

SARMS Community and Industry Engagement Reference Group Nominations are invited from members of the community with an interest in SARMS and willingness to contribute their knowledge and expertise of River Murray communities or industries to the program.

CIERG areas of focus include irrigation, water markets, water policy, primary industries, Aboriginal regional community development, community culture, local government, finance and regional economic development.

The reference group will provide practical feedback on community and industry challenges and issues and will be a referral body for matters that arise during the program’s implementation. Click to read the Terms of Reference (PDF 256.7 KB or DOC 1009.5 KB) or to complete a Nomination Form (DOC 1.2 MB). Nominations close 24th June 2014.


3IP Round One Applications have now closed

Posted 05.05.2014

2014 May 05
3IP Round One Applications have now closed. It is anticipated that 3IP Round Two will commence in late 2014. You can register interest in participating in 3IP Round Two and provide contact details so that you receive advanced notification.

3IP Round One Applicants are you ready?

Posted 30.04.2014

2014 April 30
There is less than one week remaining before applications to 3IP Round One are required to be completed and submitted to the Program. Applications (including all supporting documentation) must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 5 May 2014 and late submissions will not be accepted. 

Applicants needing support to complete applications or requiring any further information are advised to contact a 3IP Regional Support Officer.

Clarifications on the Updated 3IP Round One Application Form

Posted 23.04.2014

2014 April 23
Further to our update last Thursday 17 April 2014, we would like to draw your attention to some clarifications relating to the updated Application Form. Please click here to view the clarification document.

Updated 3IP Round 1 Application Form and Extension to Close of Submission Date

Posted 17.04.2014

2014 April 17

This post is to advise 3IP Applicants of:

  1. Upgrades and improvements to the 3IP Round 1 Application form (some of these improvements are as a direct result of feedback provided by Applicants); and
  2. An extension to the close of submission date – Applications must now be received by the Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP) by 5:00 pm (ACST) on Monday 5 May 2014 via electronic submission, by clicking the Submit button at the end of the updated Application form.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE ONE UPDATED APPLICATION FORM PER PROJECT

An accompanying email has also been sent to all applicants.

To ensure that you are not inconvenienced by these upgrades, we have developed a function that enables the upload of data from the previous version of the Application form to the updated version of the form. If you have already downloaded the previous version of the Application form, entered data and saved the file, please follow the below steps to upload data from your saved form:

  1. Navigate to the online version of the Application form (via the 3IP website at http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/sarms-iiip)
  2. Click on the link to the Application form on the 3IP ‘News & Events’ webpage (https://forms.business.gov.au/smartforms/pirsa/3ip-application-round-1/)
  3. Click the ‘Complete Form’ button to open the form
  4. Once the form is opened, click ‘Load Data’ on the Introduction page
  5. Navigate via the file explorer to your most recently saved file of the Application form.

This process will populate the updated version of the Application form with data from your original form. Please repeat the above process for each Application you intend to submit.

If you have not already saved an Application form, please simply download the updated Application form and complete.

Please remember that, in recognition of the update to the 3IP Application Form, Applications can now be received by the 3IP up to 5:00 pm (ACST) on Monday 5 May 2014.

Regional Support Officers will be contacting all Applicants over the coming days to ensure that the above process is understood and to provide assistance where required. If you require any assistance in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact your Regional Support Officer.

The ‘Introduction’ page of the updated Application form includes a list of the upgrades.

3IP Round One - Application Form available now

Posted 24.03.2014

2014 March 24

If you have received a letter from PIRSA inviting you to submit a Full Application form for Round One of the 3IP, please click on the link below to access the form.

https://forms.business.gov.au/smartforms/pirsa/3ip-application-round-1/

(Note: only those applicants invited to submit a Full Application will be included in the assessment of Stage Two Full Applications)

Handy notes:

  1. Please read the 3IP Guidelines in conjunction with the instructions included in the ‘Introduction’ section of the form when completing the form
  2. The Full Application form is a SmartForm that must be completed electronically and submitted online via the ‘Submit’ button at the end of the form (the same as the Expression of Interest form)
  3. Use the tabs across the top of the form to navigate to various sections (e.g. ‘Introduction’, ‘Applicant and Enterprise Information’, etc)
  4. Only select the fields that are relevant to your Application – if you do this irrelevant fields will not display
  5. Expand and collapse parts of the form with the “+” and “-” buttons.
  6. Hover your cursor over text box fields to check character and approximate word limits
  7. Mandatory fields are marked with a red asterix (*) – if relevant to your proposal, please ensure these fields are completed
  8. Use the ‘Validate Section’ button at the bottom of each page to ensure all mandatory fields have been completed
  9. Each Full Application Smartform must have the sections that are relevant to your project completed before submitting, otherwise a full assessment of your Application will not be possible.

Completed Application forms must be submitted by 5pm (ACST) on Friday 2 May 2014.

Interactive 3IP Application form coming soon

Posted 20.03.2014

2014 March 20
The interactive 3IP Application form has been submitted for uploading and we are currently waiting for that process to happen. Applicants will be advised as soon as we have been notified that the form is available.

3IP Information Sessions for Round One Applicants

Posted 20.03.2014

2014 March 20

3IP Information Sessions were held in Murray Bridge and Renmark on Thursday 20 March 2014 for irrigators whose Expressions of Interests to Round One of the Program were successful in moving through to the application stage.

See the Media Centre and Participation pages to view photos and the presentation from the event.

3IP Stage Two Application Form

Posted 19.03.2014

2014 March 19

Due to technical difficulties, the 3IP Application Form will now go live by COB Thursday 20 March 2014.

For your information, we have attached a PDF of the 3IP Application Form.

Thumbnail for SARMS-3IP

Please note: the interactive Application Form is more condensed than appears in the PDF. The interactive form includes ‘expand and collapse’ functions that results in only the necessary information being displayed. Please do not fill out the PDF Application Form.

The interactive Application Form will be discussed in detail at the 3IP Information Sessions to be held on Thursday 20 March 2014.

All Applicants who were invited to submit a Full Application have been notified of this delay via email. A further email will be sent to Applicants once the interactive form is available for download.

The delay in the availability of the Application Form will coincide with an extension of the close of submission date (ie Applicants will have six weeks to complete and submit Application Forms).

Next stage for the Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP)

Posted 07.03.2014

2014 March 07

The South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP) enters its next stage this week.

People who submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) will soon be advised if they have been invited to submit a full application.

View media release - Next stage for the Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP)

Round One calls for Expressions of Interest (EoIs)

Posted 20.01.2014

2014 January 20

Round One calls for Expressions of Interest (EoIs) to the Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP) closed at 5pm last Friday 17 January 2014. The need for this program has been demonstrated by the SA River Murray irrigation industry with over 200 submissions received.

For those who did not get their submissions in on time, subsequent rounds will be provided. It is hoped that the call for Round Two of the 3IP will happen mid year.

The next steps for Round One of the 3IP is for EoIs to be assessed, with the aim to complete assessments by the end of February 2014. Successful EoIs will then be invited to submit a full application to the Program, with the hope of finalising funding agreements for Round One grants before the end of the financial year.

Important Notice: 3IP One Round Expression of Interest period has now closed

Posted 17.01.2014

2014 January 17
The Expression of Interest (EoI) period for 3IP Round One closed at 5pm today, Friday 17 January 2014. 
EoI submissions to 3IP Round One that are received after 5pm today will not be accepted.

If we did not receive your EoI submission prior to 5pm today, do not despair, we hope to commence Round Two early in the 2014-15 financial year.

If you would like to make contact with someone in the Program, please call your local Regional Support Officer or email the SARMS email.

Important: Points of clarification regarding 3IP Guidelines

Posted 17.12.2013

2013 December 17

The 3IP Information Sessions held in Murray Bridge and Renmark last week highlighted a great level of interest in the Program from irrigators from both the upper and lower River Murray Regions. Those that attended will have noticed the enthusiasm and renewed sense of purpose building in the industry.

It was great to see that so many irrigators who attended the information sessions had been thinking about and planning in detail their proposal ideas. As a result of questions posed at the Information Sessions and subsequent discussions with Regional Support Officers, it is important that we provide points of clarification for potential applicants. These points of clarification should be noted when preparing a 3IP Expression of Interest click to view clarification points.

3IP Guidelines Information Sessions

Posted 11.12.2013

2013 December 11

Access the Information Session presentation here 

10:00am – 12:00pm Murray Bridge Community Club Inc, Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge

5:00pm – 7:00pm The Renmark Club, Murray Avenue, Renmark

RSVP not required. Light refreshments provided.

For further information please contact your nearest Regional Support Officer Loxton Ph: 8595 9100, Murray Bridge Ph: 8539 2112.

3IP Guidelines Round One available now

Posted 05.12.2013

2013 December 05

River Murray irrigators in South Australia are now able to apply for funds from the much anticipated $240 million Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (3IP). Access 3IP Guidelines and Expression of Interest form here.

Minister Gago announces expressions of interest open for Irrigation Industry Improvement Program

Posted 04.12.2013

2013 December 04

On Wednesday 4 December 2013, the Hon Gail Gago MLC, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, announced the release of the 3IP Guidelines and the opening of Round One calls for Expressions of Interest (EoIs) would occur on Thursday 5 December 2013. View media release - Expressions of Interest open for 3IP.

Approval of 3IP Guidelines

Posted 29.11.2013

2013 November 29

On Friday 29 November 2013, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Minister for the Environment, approved the 3IP Guidelines. View media release – Approval of 3IP Guidelines.

Call for 3IP Guidelines to be approved

Posted 28.11.2013

2013 November 28
On Thursday 28 November 2013, the Hon Gail Gago MLC, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, called for the 3IP Guidelines to be approved. View media release – call for 3IP Guidelines to be approved.

STATUS UPDATE

Posted 25.10.2013

2013 October 25

SARMS-3IP Guidelines 

The South Australian River Murray Sustainability - Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (SARMS-3IP) is working closely with the Commonwealth Government to finalise the SARMS-3IP Guidelines.

Ben Fee, SARMS Program Manager, says "We understand that irrigators are eager to submit proposals. We are not far off from finalising the Guidelines and, now that the new Federal Government has settled, we hope for the Guidelines to be released in November 2013."

Mr Fee suggested "Potential applicants should consider using this time to get their ducks in a row to facilitate smooth preparation of expressions of interest and applications once they are called. Some things can be done now, such as checking on water encumbrances, ensuring you are working with third parties to settle any outstanding matters, looking for additional opportunities for collaboration and innovation, and working on business planning to prepare for applications."

A list of industry service providers is currently being compiled for publication by the Water Industry Alliance. A link will be added to the SARMS-3IP website in the coming weeks for interested service providers wishing to make themselves known to potential 3IP applicants.

On release of the 3IP Guidelines, two regional information sessions will be held for interested participants, one in Renmark and another in Murray Bridge. These sessions will provide a detailed explanation of the Guidelines and an opportunity to connect with 3IP Regional Support Officers. Details and registration to attend these information sessions will be posted on the 3IP website.

The first round of 3IP information sessions have concluded

Posted 26.09.2013

2013 September 26
If you are interested in attending future information sessions please register your interest in the program and click the box "contact me regarding attending an information session" and we will contact you.

South Australian River Murray Sustainability - Irrigation Industry Improvement Program Announced

Posted 23.08.2013

2013 August 23

On Friday 23rd August, Premier Jay Weatherill welcomed the announcement of $265 million in measures to secure the health and sustainability of the River Murray, its industries and communities in South Australia.

The Federal Government announced details of the South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program during a visit to the Riverland by the Premier and the then Federal Water Minister Mark Butler.

Media Release - River Murray sustainability measures to support communities and industries

Loxton to lead drive into advanced food manufacturing

Posted 23.08.2013

2013 August 23

The Loxton Research Centre will undergo a major redevelopment – and become a national centre for irrigation research - under a plan to drive advanced food manufacturing in the Riverland.

Premier Jay Weatherill today announced the redevelopment of the research centre and two grants programs as part of a $25 million investment in regional development, research and innovation.

Media Release - Loxton to lead drive into advanced food manufacturing