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Farm Water Program wins international award

Thursday 19 October, 2017
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and its consortium partners were announced the winner of a prestigious water saving award at a ceremony in Mexico City.

GB CMA's Chris Norman accepts the ICID award

The GB CMA’s Farm Water Program received high praise for the development of a water savings calculator, designed to measure the savings derived from modernising irrigation systems.

The calculator took out the WatSave Innovation and Technology Award at the annual ceremony for The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID).

Established in 1950, ICID is a leading scientific, international organisation which is committed to the promotion of sustainable agricultural water management.

Goulburn Broken CMA CEO Chris Norman, who was in Mexico to accept the award and present on the Farm Water Program, said it was a great thrill for the Goulburn Broken CMA and its partners to be the first ever winners from Australia in the international WatSave Awards at the ICID Congress.

“We are achieving water savings in a measured and rigorous way that the rest of the world can only dream about,” Mr Norman said.

“Delegates from around the world will get the chance to see how Australia is tackling the balance between domestic, irrigator and environmental demands for water when they attend the 2020 ICID Congress to be held in Sydney."

Mr Norman said the calculator had been central to the program’s success since its inception in 2009.

“It’s rewarding that the international panel of judges recognised the system was technically robust and just reaffirms the confidence we already had in our processes”.

“It’s a vindication of the quality work we do.”

The Goulburn Broken CMA acknowledges and respects First Nations people and the deep connection they have with their land and waters.


We acknowledge the Yorta Yorta and Taungurung people and their ancestors/forbears as Traditional Owners of the land and waters in the Goulburn Broken Catchment (and beyond). We value our ongoing partnerships with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Land and Waters Council for the health of Country and its people.


We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge and recognise the primacy of Traditional Owners obligations, rights and responsibilities to use and care for their traditional lands and waters.

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