Major Australian civil engineering firm John Holland has said there’s insufficient contracting capacity in northern Victoria for this year’s Connections irrigation scheme Winter Works program.
It would be “sheer madness” to think man-made environmental flood flows could be manipulated, without social and economic damage, according to Upper Goulburn River Catchment Association spokeswoman Jan Beer.
The Federal government is providing nearly $400,000 to encourage innovative solutions, aimed at improving transparency and reliability of water market information.
Innovative approaches to improve farm irrigation efficiency are among nearly 100 projects - worth around $35 million - funded through the latest round of the Farm Water Program in the Goulburn Broken area.
Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) is looking closely at “stranded assets” – flow meters and infrastructure, placed on irrigation channels which were not being used.
Farmers in the Rochester and Loddon Valley irrigation districts claim the failure of automated watering equipment is playing havoc with their winter planting plans.
Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) manages water storage, delivery and drainage systems involving 70 per cent of Victoria’s stored water.
South East Water has joined with industry, government, research and not-for-profit organisations to advance soil health in Australian agriculture.
Water savings of up to 30 per cent are being achieved in the Shepparton district, through improvements to on-farm irrigation systems, according to one of the areas leading providers.
Senior executives at one of Australia’s biggest water broking companies, Ruralco and its subsidiaries, have added their voice to calls for greater regulation of irrigation trades.