The Nimmie-Caira Project
Expressions of Interest opens for Nimmie-Caira
An open tender, Expression of Interest (EOI) period has commenced for the South Western NSW Nimmie-Caira property. This announcement represents a significant milestone in the Project and unique opportunity in securing 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.
The Expression of Interest period has commenced and submissions must be received by Tuesday 11 July 2017.
Roundtable discussions will be held in Sydney and Griffith on 7th and 8th June with details of the times and venues to be advised on registration. Attendance at the roundtable events is not mandatory, and webinar facilities will be provided to enable remote access to the Sydney event on the 7th June. Registrations for attendance at these information sessions should be made via email to email@example.com by 1 June 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)
EOI submissions may be made via the:
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: