The Nimmie-Caira Project
Expressions of Interest period for Nimmie-Caira - now closed
The open tender Expression of Interest (EOI) period has now closed for the South Western NSW Nimmie-Caira property. The EOI will now move on to a second Proposal Development Request (PDR) stage.
The EOI period marked a significant milestone in the Project, providing a unique opportunity to secure the long-term prosperity of the site.
The NSW Government is committed to an open and transparent process for future development of the Nimmie-Caira Project.
Access further information on the process for Nimmie-Caira, inlcuding presentations from the round table discussions held in Sydney and Griffith in June, by visiting the Nimmie-Caira page on the e-Tender website.
- Nimmie-Caira open to expressions of interest - 23 May 2017
Further information can be found in the following Fact Sheets:
- Aboriginal cultural heritage values fact sheet ( PDF, 62.24 KB)
- Commercial values fact sheet ( PDF, 47.32 KB)
- Environmental values fact sheet (PDF, 47.98 KB)
- EOI fact sheet (PDF, 46.64 KB)
The EOI will be followed by a second Proposal Development Request (PDR) stage.
The NSW water-saving project aims to protect, maintain and enhance the environmental and Aboriginal cultural heritage values of the area, as well as, relaxing constraints to water delivery and helping bridge the gap to sustainable diversion limits in the Murrumbidgee Valley.
The $180 million Nimmie-Caira Project is a significant water saving project for NSW and particularly for the Murrumbidgee region.
The Nimmie-Caira project area covers 84,417 ha in the lower reaches of the Murrumbidgee River floodplain (the Lowbidgee) between Maude and Balranald, South Western NSW (Figure 1). It is a vital component the Lowbidgee being the largest remaining area of wetlands in the Murrumbidgee Valley.
The project aims to balance the environmental and Aboriginal cultural heritage protection with commercial use so as to create an asset for the local community and the Murray Darling Basin.
There are five major components to this project being:
- Land and water purchase. The project purchased 19 properties on the Nimmie-Caira floodplain, together with their share of the Lowbidgee Supplementary Water Entitlement (381,000 shares).
- Water Savings to 'Bridge the Gap'. Water entitlement purchased from landholders transferred to the Commonwealth to help 'bridge the gap' to meeting Sustainable Diversion Limits.
- Environmental Watering Plan. To document the demand for environmental water within and beyond the project area.
- Long Term Land Management Plan. To outline how the area will be managed into the future with some land managed for Aboriginal cultural heritage and/or environmental values and other land managed for commercial use.
- Reconfiguring the water delivery infrastructure. To enhance the delivery of environmental water to lands identified as having high ecological value.
Figure 1 - Nimmie-Caira area as part of the Lowbidgee
- Download a high resolution version of the map (JPG, 780 KB)
The NSW and Australian Governments entered into a Funding Agreement and Project Schedule for the Nimmie-Caira Project committing to complete the project by 2018. The Agreement outlines the objectives for the project and each government's responsibilities under the project.
The Nimmie-Caira Project Schedule has recently been varied to help to achieve the protection and re-use of Commonwealth Environmental Water held in the Murrumbidgee.
For further information contact DPI Water: