Nominations are now open for the 2016 Irrigation Australia (WA) Awards of Excellence where businesses, local governments and community groups in Western Australia are recognised for innovations in the irrigation industry.

The awards comprise seven categories:

  • Waterwise garden irrigator domestic installation/retrofit
  • Commercial installation under 2000m2
  • Commercial installation over 2000m2
  • Retail store of the year
  • Suppliers innovative product award
  • Young achiever award
  • Local government improvement and efficiency award.

WA Water Minister, Mia Davies, said innovations in irrigation formed a key part of the Liberal National Government’s investment in water projects to enhance the liveability of communities and boost agricultural productivity.

“We are seeing innovations are enhancing our traditional irrigation precincts and supporting new irrigated agricultural projects to unlock our horticultural and pastoral potential,” Ms Davies said.

“Regional communities are also harvesting stormwater and recycled water for innovative irrigation and community use – such as the 11 golf courses and nine tree farms across the state which are irrigated by recycled water.

Ms Davies said initiatives such as these are helping WA grow in a sustainable way – using the large volumes of water available in the north to reshaping the way we use water in the south of the state as the climate dries.

“From recycling wastewater to keep our public spaces green, to industrial-scale irrigation innovations that are diversifying and growing our food production sector – WA is a world leader in efficient and sustainable water use,” Ms Davies said.

Nominations for the 2016 Irrigation Australia (WA) Awards of Excellence close on 30 September 2016.

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