South Australian River Murray Sustainability Program (SARMS)

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.

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.


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 2 areas of investment:

  1. $240 million Irrigation Industry Improvement Program (SARMS 3IP).
  2. $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.

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.

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Page Last Reviewed: 12 Jul 2016

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