IRRIGATORS have been the obvious benefactors from the Farm Water Program, led by the Goulburn Broken CMA, but there’s also been a positive flow-on effect for related industries.
Demand for space to “park” irrigation water is outstripping supply, throughout northern Victoria, as farmers seek to gain security for up to two years.
Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) has confirmed it’s modifying the housing on its 15000 irrigation flow meters and other electronic equipment, to stop ant and rodent infestation.
The head of a Goulburn-Murray Water regional committee has urged caution on the planned review of water delivery shares.
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.