Expression of Interest to Install Modern Fish Screens on Irrigation Infrastructure

Round 1 of EOIs closed 31 August 2022.

NSW DPI Fisheries sought Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from water users who wanted to access financial and logistic assistance to upgrade their water diversion (pump or gravity-fed channel) with a modern fish-protection screen.

Funding is being provided for screen installations on the Barwon-Darling River and lower Mehi River. These installations are part of the Northern Basin Toolkit, funded by the Australian Government and delivered by NSW DPI Fisheries, in partnership with Water Infrastructure NSW.

NSW DPI Fisheries is currently evaluating and prioritising EOIs from Round 1. Submitting an EOI does not commit water users, or their organisations, to participation – they can withdraw their interest at any time. Check out the conditions and guidelines.

NSW DPI Fisheries continues to investigate interest in modern screens across the State. So, if you’re in another area – like the Southern Basin or on the coast – you can still submit an EOI for consideration as part of future screening projects.

Complete the form below to register your interest in participating in future funding rounds.

Modern screens work!

Modern screens keep fish and debris where they belong – in the river and out of infrastructure. They feature a large self-cleaning surface area that maintains the volume of water extracted, while using a fine mesh that limits the extraction of fish from our rivers. 

For 10 years, NSW DPI researchers have worked with Australian manufacturers and irrigators to tailor screens to protect local fish species while maintaining water extraction requirements. Now, this technology is available to suit any type of pump, at any size.

Modern fish-protection screens do not affect pump performance!

Early adopters are already reporting benefits at 22 showcase sites. This matches evidence from overseas, where thousands of farmers have realised reduced operating and labour costs and improved environmental outcomes.

Check out the practical guide to fish screening.

EOI form

If you need help, or have questions, please call 1800 677 572.

Pump info

How many pumps do you operate?
How much water do you pump on a typical day during the irrigation season?
What is the maximum capacity if you have all your pumps running at the same time?
Click or drag files to this area to upload.You can upload up to 10 files.
You can upload photos of your pump station. This helps us get an idea of what modern screen technology might suit you best.
You can use this field to add a link for a Google maps location of your main pump site. This will help with our prioritisation, because we can see where the pump is located on the river.