Landholder programs

Through our landholder programs we work together to achieve better productivity and environmental results. Each of the programs operate differently and you may need to apply during a given period to get involved. Read the details below for more information.

Irrigation Demonstration Project (Autumn 2022)

Irrigators with a bright idea are being asked to put their hands up for funds to put it to the test.

The Irrigation Demonstration Project is open to all irrigators in central Gippsland working in all fields of agriculture.

Find out more here.

WGCMA Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer Brad Missen with dairy farmer Alex MacArthur and Agriculture Victoria's Billy Marshall
WGCMA Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer Brad Missen with dairy farmer Alex MacArthur and Agriculture Victoria's Billy Marshall

On ground works

We are able to contribute funding and expertise to approved
on ground works in our priority areas. This work is aimed at improving
water quality and river health and can include:

  • fencing of creeks and rivers
  • replanting of native vegetation along the waterways
  • stream bed and bank stabilisation
  • removal of exotic weeds including willows
  • reinstatement of  billabongs and old river meanders
  • fencing of remnant and riparian vegetation


Delivered in partnership with GippsDairy, the Fert$mart will help
with your soil and fertility management.

Benefits of Fert$mart include

  • on farm savings of nutrients resulting in financial rewards
  • determining the right product for your soils, at the right rates
  • nutrients being retained on farm resulting in less nutrients entering waterways

Visit for more information

This program is currently closed.

Information about the Central Gippsland Irrigation Incentives Program (September 2021) can be found here.

Multi-species cover crop trial Newry

Our Lands Team is currently working with a private landholder in Newry to assess the efficacy of multi-species cover crop as a way of improving water retention in the soils and sequestering carbon.

We will have the results of this trial towards the end of 2020.

There is a longer version of this video here.

Irrigation in the Macalister Irrigation District, photo credit Craig Moodie and DELWP


Newry farmers are being offered whole farm plans at no cost as part of the next phase of the modernisation of the Macalister Irrigation District pipeline.

These irrigation farm plans help farmers discover where they can save time, money and significant amounts of water.

While the construction of the Newry pipeline will be managed by Southern Rural Water, we are managing the Irrigation Farm Plan part of the modernisation program.

More information about the project is available here.

Page reviewed and updated  8/09/21