National Irrigators’ Council

ACHIEVEMENTS

ADVOCATING FOR AUSTRALIAN  IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE INDUSTRIES 

What we do

Water is the lifeblood of many rural communities. It underpins the irrigated agriculture sector, providing food and fibre for domestic consumption and significant export income for the nation. Water provides direct employment on farms in irrigated agriculture and horticulture industries and underpins the prosperity of communities. It enables communities to be self-sustaining, with flourishing processing industries and significant flow-on effects into local businesses, delivering broader community and regional benefits. 

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NIC Advocacy on National Water Reform

Australia’s national water reform process has required the productive sector to ‘do more with less’. As the irrigated agriculture sector faces the next iteration of national water reform, NIC will not accept an outcome where water entitlement holders are required to solely bear the risk of climate change 

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1500 GL cap on water buybacks

NIC advocated in 2015 to Federal and State Government Basin Water Ministers to secure the 1500GL cap on water buybacks. 

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Shifting the focus to complementary waterways management

NIC supports environmental improvement through complementary, or non-flow, waterways management. This approach was also recommended by: The Productivity Commission and The Sefton Review on the Social and Economic conditions in the Murray Darling Basin. 

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ACCC inquiry into water markets in the Murray Darling Basin

NIC highlighted to the Federal Water Minister the importance of irrigation industry representatives to be included on the Government advisory panel appointed to oversee the 2021 ACCC report on water markets

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National Water Reform

NIC highlighted during the Productivity Commission review of National Water Reform, the importance of environmental water managers being able to demonstrate a clear process across the board for the management of environmental water holdings, including where progress has been/is being made on targeted environmental sites

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Energy Policy

In September 2014, a group of Australia’s peak agriculture organisations met to work in partnership to advocate for action to reform Australia’s energy sector, with a key focus on electricity prices and the unsustainable high cost of the network charges passed on to consumers, imposing a highly distorting effect on the energy market in regional Australia.

STANDING UP FOR FOOD AND FIBRE GROWERS

The National Irrigators’ Council is the voice of irrigated agriculture across Australia.

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