Work has begun on the $32 million Duck Irrigation Scheme which will deliver 5200 ML of high security irrigation water to Tasmania’s Circular Head region. The scheme, which is due to open late 2018, will service pasture and cropping land around the townships of Montagu, Stanley, Forest, Edith Creek and Irishtown with direct economic benefits flowing to the larger community […]
Community consultation sessions will be held in the Goulburn Murray and Sunraysia Irrigation Districts in Victoria to improve water delivery share arrangements. Over the last 12 months, the project team has engaged with key industry representatives who have helped to inform the options presented in the discussion paper on the future of delivery shares. The discussion paper reflects a range […]
The Victorian Government has secured assurances from the Commonwealth that water won’t be taken from irrigators following the approval of 605GL in environmental offset projects. Victoria’s preference has always been for infrastructure projects that save water through modernisation and efficiency, rather than programs that take water from farmers and agricultural production, the State Government said. The Commonwealth agreed that no […]
When a sinkhole appeared in the middle of a busy suburban road, the City of Swan in Western Australia needed to contract urgent evaluation and repair. Interflow, known for its reputation of quality and cost-effective repair for deteriorated underground pipelines, was able to utilise an alternative approach to repair the problem. Interflow moved in to complete the work with minimum disruption to the […]
The strong social program at the Irrigation Australia International Conference and Exhibition, taking place 13-15 June at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, is again proving a drawcard. Registrations are still open for both the conference and free exhibition — the southern hemisphere’s largest and highest-profile irrigation event, featuring more than 80 speakers and 165 exhibitors, and covering the entire […]
Leading-edge technology “from outer space” that optimises irrigation will be among hundreds of products and solutions showcased during Irrigation Australia International Conference and Exhibition running from the 13 – 15 June at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. Registrations are now open for both the conference and free exhibition — the southern hemisphere’s largest and most high-profile irrigation event, featuring more than 80 […]
Work has begun on SA Water’s $2 million-plus upgrade to improve odour control at Port Adelaide Wastewater Pump Station with local contractor Waternish Constructions mobilising workers and equipment to the project site in West Lakes. Setting up the Australian-made system will take six months and use three-stage odour control technology to give local residents a long-term fix for sewage smells […]
The Southern Highlands Irrigation Scheme will deliver water to one of the driest areas of Tasmania and is vital in the diversification of agriculture and expansion into dairying, horticulture, viticulture and potential downstream processing. The $31 million Southern Highlands Irrigation Scheme (SHIS) is one of five schemes which comprises Tasmanian Irrigation’s (TI) second suite of schemes known as ‘Tranche Two’, which commenced its […]
The Federal and Labor governments have agreed to deliver the entire Murray-Darling Basin Plan, including the Northern Basin Review. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, said, “The government has reiterated its commitment to the 450 gigalitres, with zero negative social and economic impacts, and the process of attaining it can now begin. “There will be annual meetings and […]
Water Corporation will soon begin work to refurbish wastewater pipes in Como, Western Australia to extend the life of the infrastructure by at least 50 years. Water Corporation General Manager, Assets Delivery, Nick Churchill, said the projects formed part of an ongoing program to reline and refurbish wastewater pipes across the State. “Around 1.3km of wastewater pipe will be refurbished […]
Work is set to begin on the $57.3 million Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme that will turbo-charge agricultural production in North-East Tasmania. The Australian Government will commit $25.27 million to the scheme while the Tasmanian State Government will commit $20 million and farmers $12.03 million. The scheme will provide 8600 megalitres to more than 80 farmers. The Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme is the […]
WaterNSW will begin delivering a major environmental release into the Barwon-Darling system that could extend from Mungindi as far as the Menindee lakes. The water deliveries will ultimately total in excess of 23,000 megalitres from Copeton Dam on the Gwydir River and Glenlyon Dam on the Border Rivers in Queensland. WaterNSW will deliver the release on behalf of the NSW […]
Irrigation Australia expo early bird conference rates close 20 April 2018. Modernising irrigation infrastructure is vital to improving its efficiency, with far-reaching results in higher productivity and strengthening business outcomes. At the upcoming 2018 Irrigation Australia International Conference and Exhibition, irrigators have a unique opportunity to hear how Australia’s largest private environmental and irrigation water delivery company Murray Irrigation transformed […]
WaterNSW has commenced several prosecution proceedings against Barwon-Darling irrigators following extensive investigations. These prosecutions are the result of comprehensive investigations into allegations of water management rule breaches in the Barwon-Darling unregulated water source in north western NSW. The prosecutions include some cases concerning a property that has been the subject of media coverage, as well as another property that WaterNSW […]
The Strategic Advisory Council has reviewed the operations of Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) and released recommendations to keep prices down for customers and irrigators, and to support the future growth of the irrigation district across Northern Victoria. The recommendations, which will be implemented by 2020, include: Creating a simplified business structure for better community transparency A transformation panel will be appointed […]
The South Australian Government is taking a new approach to salinity management, making it easier for irrigators along the River Murray to get site use approvals for new irrigation development and to convert to higher water use crops. This will be done whilst maintaining river salinity at levels suitable for agriculture, the environment and human water supplies. There are no […]
The Victorian Government met with the New South Wales Government in Sydney in mid-February 2018 to discuss the best ways to secure the future of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The urgent meeting was held to discuss the options available in NSW and Victoria if the Federal Opposition and Greens vote to unwind the historic Murray-Darling Basin Plan. New South Wales […]
Water Corporation will start work on an upgrade to the wastewater infrastructure in Two Rocks and Yanchep in Western Australia, including the construction of a new pump station. Water Corporation General Manager Assets Delivery, Nick Churchill, said the project would cater for population growth within the City of Wanneroo. “This important project ensures for decades to come residents will have […]
The author of an independent report into allegations of water theft and corruption in the Murray-Darling Basin has delivered his final report and has expressed fears changes to fix the system might be delayed or diluted. Ken Matthews has delivered his final report into the explosive allegations raised by the ABC’s Four Corners program in early 2017. Mr Matthews warned […]
Murray Irrigation’s inspection of its Lawson Syphon irrigation site was an exercise in confined space condition assessment. Thanks to careful planning and modern technology, specialist engineers were able to safely enter the syphon and gather vital information needed to assess the state of the asset. The 700m long river management asset diverts the Mulwala Canal under the Edward River, helping to deliver water […]
More than $100 million in critical Winter Works have been completed across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID), marking another key milestone in the Connections Project, Victoria’s largest water modernisation project. The Connections Project is an initiative between the Australian Government and Goulburn Murray Water to deliver a series of water-saving pipeline projects to enhance the irrigation in the GMID and […]
Irrigators and river communities in South Australia have been invited to give feedback to the proposed changes to the River Murray Salinity Zoning Policy that would support new irrigation development and make it easier for irrigators to change crops. The proposed changes to the River Murray Salinity Zoning Policy are the result of stakeholder feedback during a review of the […]
Water Corporation has finished work on Exmouth’s southern borefield in WA which includes the installation of 10 new solar powered bores. The $2.1 million project will enable 10 additional water supply bores to be brought online to supply the growing popular tourist town and help meet peak demand periods. The installation of solar panels and the additional bores will increase […]
Energy, irrigation and light rail projects have been listed as priorities in the Tasmanian Government’s latest referral to Infrastructure Australia’s Priority List. Minister for Infrastructure, Rene Hidding, said the Hobart light rail project, the third stage of the Tasmanian Irrigation Project, and energy projects had been added to the state’s top infrastructure aspirations as part of the latest referral to […]
As part of the upgrade of the Goulburn Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in New South Wales, Hydroflux Huber is installing advanced screening technology to protect a state-of-the-art membrane bioreactor (MBR) process that will produce a high-quality effluent for reuse for irrigation on sporting fields and parklands. The upgrade, which is being led by Haslin Constructions, will ensure sewer discharge meets […]
The drive towards even more efficient irrigation water use and world’s best metering standards will be enhanced by an memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed by Australia’s two leading irrigation industry bodies Irrigation Australia (IAL) and the National Irrigators’ Council (NIC). Australia’s irrigation sector is world leading when it comes to using the least possible water to produce the highest possible output. Developments […]
Murray Irrigation has carried out an inspection of New South Wales’ Lawson Syphon irrigation site, a 700m long river management asset completed in 1955, evaluating engineering from the 1930’s with 21st century technology. Owned and operated by Murray Irrigation, the structure diverts the Mulwala Canal under the Edward River and helps deliver water to agricultural areas south of Deniliquin. The […]
The first phase of the $32 million Macalister Irrigation Modernisation Project in Victoria has been completed and the second phase of the upgrade has begun. The next stage of the project will replace ageing and inefficient channel systems with around 38km of pipeline and automate a further 33km of channels. The $60 million second phase will deliver an extra $45-50 […]
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