On 20 September 2008, the Australian Government announced a $57.1 million Small Block Irrigators Exit Grant Package designed to assist small block irrigators, particularly horticultural producers, in the Murray-Darling Basin. Through this program, eligible small block irrigators in the Murray-Darling Basin affected by drought and climate change could get help to leave irrigation through the package while remaining on their farms.
In addition to the exit grant, there were two complementary grants available: Murray-Darling Basin Small Block Irrigators Exit Grant Package advice and training grant, and Murray-Darling Basin Small Block Irrigators Exit Grant Package removal grant.
Applications for the small block irrigators exit grant package closed on 30 June 2009. There are no further grant package available for application.
More information on offering water for sale under the Australian Government’s water purchasing program can be found on the Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin program’s website below, or by calling 1800 218 478.
Map of the Murray-Darling Basin
Register your interest
Irrigators wishing to register their interest in the package, contact the Centrelink Hotline - 1800 050 015.
More information on the Restoring the Balance in the Murray-Darling Basin Program (water entitlement purchasing) can be obtained by calling 1800 218 478.
- Small Block Irrigators Exit Grant package expanded - 24 April 2009
- Victorian Farmers Eligible For Drought Exit Grants - 3 February 2009
- Registrations of interest invited for Murray-Darling Basin Small Block Irrigators Exit Grant package - 2 November 2008