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Irrigation Today – Meeting the Challenge

Tuesday 13 October, 2009
Goulburn-Murray Water, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and the Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project will be represented this week at the Irrigation Today - Meeting the Challenge conference in Swan Hill.

Goulburn-Murray Water, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and the Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project will be represented this week at the Irrigation Today - Meeting the Challenge conference in Swan Hill.

The program is targeted at the many changes in the water world as a result of the Water Act 2007 and the subsequent agreements for implementation.

Peter Gibson, Chairman for the Shepparton Irrigation Region Implementation Committee said, "World class work is being done in this region to meet the challenges of irrigation today. We are pleased to be able to share our success stories with an international audience."

Just some of the works to be showcased are "Sharing the Water", looking at issues of environmental water allocations and "Informed decision making on farm", linking farm irrigation systems to the modernised delivery system.

David Stewart, Managing Director of Goulburn-Murray Water (Australia's largest Rural Water Corporation) will speak on 'The opportunities of managing change in the rural water Industry'.

Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP) will have several speakers in Session 4 on the first day of the conference. Their presentations will explain how NVIRP undertakes the process of engaging with landowners and working through the issues relating to fewer outlets, decommissioning spur channels and decreasing the total irrigation infrastructure in northern Victoria.

"Our one-on-one discussions with landowners are our most important on-ground communications," NVIRP's CEO Murray Smith said.

"We know we are changing the way people have irrigated in the past and we don't want them to rush their decisions. However, NVIRP has timelines to deliver the upgrade and with that the 425 gigalitre of saving from Stage 1 and Stage 2 of this $2 billion project.

"We will leave behind a world class irrigation system that will secure the region's economy and enhance the environment and will promote a strong farming future," Mr Smith said.

It is expected that there will be over 300 delegates from interstate and overseas attending this year's conference.

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Marli Kelly 0409 410 178