National On Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme (OFEWIRS)

Published: Tuesday, 30 July 2019 at 12:58:57 PM

The national On Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme (OFEWIRS) is a 3 year, $4.6 million Australian Government funded initiative to be administered by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) in Western Australia.

The scheme will provide one-off rebates to eligible commercial farmers of livestock and pastoralists in WA. The rebate is 25 per cent of the cost of purchase, delivery and labour (if required) to install water infrastructure for animal welfare need. Maximum claim is $25,000 per farm business.

Approved livestock industries include sheep, beef, dairy, general livestock or a combination of these industries.

Eligible activities include:

  • Pipes
  • Water storage devices such as tanks and troughs associated with stock watering
  • Water pumps and associated water distribution systems
  • De-silting works of existing dams
  • Drilling of new stock water bores, bore pump tests to confirm yield and water quality suitable for stock. Pump test results to be submitted with invoices

Note: To receive a rebate for a new bore, it is a requirement to check licensing requirements (and obtain permits and licences, if required) with your regional Department of Water and Environmental Regulation office before commencing any drilling for groundwater.

  • Power supply and sources to distribute water to livestock watering points (including generators, windmills, solar, pumps)
  • Other materials, fittings  or equipment or fittings necessary to install water distribution infrastructure excluding purchase of machinery
  • Any freight costs to purchase and install the equipment
  • The professional installation costs to install the water infrastructure

Visit the website for further information http://www.water.wa.gov.au/planning-for-the-future/rural-water-support/on-farm-emergency-water-infrastructure-rebate

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