The Commonwealth Environmental Water Office Environmental Activities Framework (CEAF), previously known as the Investment Framework, outlines arrangements relating to the use by the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) of the proceeds of a disposal of a water allocation for the funding of environmental activities. It describes the general approach that will be taken by the CEWH to identify environmental activities, such as infrastructure works, that could potentially be funded through the sale of water allocations.
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CEAF Funding has been awarded to:
- NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, $300,000 (exc GST) of funding on a 50:50 cost sharing arrangement to fund the removal of blockbanks along Ross Billabong. This work, under the larger Toorale program of infrastructure works, will increase flows to the Darling, improve fish passage connectivity between the Warrego and Darling Rivers, and help improve the ecological values and processes for the Warrego and Darlings rivers
- Renmark Irrigation Trust (RIT), $222,000 (exc GST) to contribute to the earthworks and the modification and extension of RIT infrastructure to enable the delivery of environmental water to four new floodplain sites within the Renmark area.
In September 2017 the CEWH released a Discussion Paper - Development of a Framework for Investing in Environmental Activities providing background on the guiding environmental priorities and legislative scope limitations for future funding of environmental activities.
An outcomes report based on the discussion paper can be reviewed at: