Overview

Effective, fit for purpose surface and subsurface drainage is essential for sustainable irrigated agriculture.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and North Central Catchment Management Authority have a lead role in identifying irrigation drainage and salinity mitigation needs across the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District through the development of Regional Catchment Strategies and Land and Water Management plans. The collaborative, partnership approach to drainage issues, and a positive approach to working with regulatory agencies has proven to be an effective way to manage drainage needs.

Recently there has been a range of significant changes to irrigated agriculture in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District and the external environment within which irrigation drainage service providers operate.

The draft Goulburn Murray Irrigation District Drainage Management Strategy (the draft Strategy) has been developed to provide a clear direction for the future management of irrigation drainage.

Importantly the draft Strategy recognises that the future is uncertain, and it has been developed using resilience principles. These principles aim to enable a more flexible approach to the way surface and subsurface drainage services are provided; as well as supporting a structured, continuous review, improvement, and adaption process into irrigation drainage management.

The Goulburn Murray Irrigation District Drainage Management Strategy is intended to be an adaptive ongoing strategy. It is expected that the strategy will be reviewed and updated every four years unless it is identified that there has been significant change in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District which requires the reviews to be brought forward.


Major irrigation drainage systems in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.Map of the major irrigation drainage systems in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District


Feedback Received

The community has generously given up their time to review and comment on the draft GMID Drainage Management Strategy. The GMID Drainage Management Strategy Community Engagement Summary report (below) summarises what we heard.


Next Steps

All feedback has been assessed and where appropriate is being included in the final strategy. Once the partner organisations commit to the strategy, the strategy will provide guidance and direction to Goulburn-Murray Water and North Central Catchment Management Authority as the service providers with support from their customer committees and the other catchment management authorities.

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The information you provide will only be used to inform the development of the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District Drainage Management Strategy.