Peter Verwey

Project Officer STBIFM, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Peter Verwey

Project Officer STBIFM, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Project Officer, Sustaining The Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation, NSW Department of Primary Industries

Peter Verwey is currently a Project Officer with the Sustaining The Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) program and works with irrigators in the Northern Murray Darling Basin supporting their participation in the STBIFM program. Based in Narrabri he has worked in and around the cotton industry since 2009. Peter has a diverse background with an Honours degree in Marine, Freshwater and Antarctic Biology (Zoology), and experience in natural resource management, community engagement, regional water quality, coastal processes, geographical information systems, irrigation, project management, diagnostic microbiology, and emergency management and response.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.7

When: Day 1 – Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 17.00 – 17.30

Abstract Outline: Sustaining The Basin: Irrigated Farm Modernisation (STBIFM) has now offered 9 rounds of funding to enable northern Murray Darling Basin (MDB) irrigators to modernise irrigation infrastructure and increase irrigation efficiency on farm.

In this presentation we discuss how upgrading irrigation systems has recovered on-farm water losses, increasing the water available for production and providing environmental benefits through the transfer of a portion of the recovered water to the Commonwealth to meet the requirements of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

This presentation highlights findings from an ongoing comprehensive study into the effectiveness of the STBIFM program. The final results of this study will not be available until the first quarter of 2019, however preliminary data is demonstrating early indicators of successful program outcomes. We report on the total amount of water losses recovered, the amount of water transferred for environmental purposes, and the total recovered for farm production, and provide examples of how water recovery and improved water use efficiency have been achieved.

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