The Nimmie-Caira Project
DPI Water has appointed a market consultant to the Nimmie-Caira Project, tasked with identifying potential partners to utilise the natural resource site.
Palladium has been appointed as the consultant to help approach the market and gauge suitable candidates to take ownership of the site as both a natural resource and commercial opportunity.
The NSW Government will commence an open tender expression of interest process over the coming months which is a significant step in securing the long-term prosperity of the site.
The $180 million Nimmie-Caira Project is a significant water saving project for NSW especially 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 protect the environmental and Aboriginal cultural heritage values of the Nimmie-Caira area. The project will 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
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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.
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