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Goals and Objectives

The Regional Sustainability Program is underpinned by long and short term goals which will be achieved through the implementation of the program’s component projects and activities.

There is a chain of logic-linking projects and activities with these goals, which are termed program logic. For example;

  1. By training growers in irrigation management and providing incentives to upgrade irrigation systems we aim to improve water use efficiency;
  2. Improving water use efficiency results in less water draining past the root zone of crops;
  3. Less water draining past the crop root zone results in reductions in groundwater levels and pressures;
  4. Reductions in groundwater levels and pressures result in less salty groundwater discharging into the Murray River or floodplains/wetlands
  5. Less salty groundwater discharging into the Murray River or floodplains/wetlands results in maintaining water quality and the continuation of the irrigation industry and the regional community.

The long-term goal of the Regional Sustainability Program as stated in the Mallee CMA 2013-19 Regional Catchment Strategy is;

 “To protect and improve the quality of water resources associated with people’s entitlements to water, taking account of environmental constraints.”

Shorter term goals or intermediates outcomes include:

  • Maintaining or enhancing the quality of surface water and groundwater;
  • Minimising the “legacy of clearing” impacts on Murray River salinity and a net reduction in other regional contributions to Murray River salinity;
  • Develop production systems that maintain or enhance water quality and prevent and manage salinity.


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