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Feds kick in $11m to for Murray Darling Basin communities

THE Australian Government will inject $11 million into Queensland's Murray-Darling Basin communities to improve the efficiency of irrigation activities in the catchment.

Parliamentary Secretary to Environment Minister Senator Simon Birmingham said on today  the funding would provide much needed benefits to the regions' agricultural industry.

"The Australian and Queensland Governments have worked together to provide funding under round five of the $154.9 million Healthy HeadWaters Water Use Efficiency project," he said.

"There were six successful applicants covering seven projects. The upgrades to be delivered will save on average 5.1 billion litres of water per year.

"Successful applicants will use project funds for on farm irrigation efficiency improvements, including the upgrade of irrigation distribution systems, converting open channels to pipes and making water storages more efficient.

"We are focusing our efforts on improving the efficiency of water use on and off farm in the basin, to deliver real economic benefits for business, support the continued growth of Murray-Darling communities and to protect the health of the river system."

Queensland Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps said the additional funding was a positive outcome for regional communities.

"These projects will allow for water to be returned to the Murray-Darling Basin catchment while ensuring sufficient water remains available for agriculture use," he said.

"Irrigators will gain access to modern irrigation technologies and practices, delivering efficient and sustainable farm production."



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