New irrigator reference group

Are you an irrigator in the Lake Wellington catchment? This includes irrigators in the Macalister Irrigation District as well as those around the Latrobe, Thomson, Macalister and Avon rivers.

There are 12 positions available on a new irrigator reference group that will provide advice on programs offered through the Lake Wellington Land and Water Management Plan.

West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) CEO, Martin Fuller, said the group will help WGCMA ensure that programs, projects and activities aimed at irrigators are appropriate, feasible and attractive to the irrigation community.

“The formation of the group is an action identified in the Lake Wellington Land and Water Management Plan,” said Mr Fuller. “Membership of the group will aim to reflect the different perspectives and knowledge within the irrigation community.

“The group will have an advisory role on programs – like those offered through the Sustainable Irrigation Program and the Macalister Irrigation District incentives program,” continued Mr Fuller.

The aim of the Lake Wellington Land and Water Management Plan is to involve irrigators in programs that save water, increase productivity and retains nutrients and soil on farms.

“This plan builds on more than 20 years’ successful work by irrigators, agencies and community through the Macalister Land and Water Management Plan and West Gippsland Salinity Management Plan.

“Through these plans more than 34 gigalitres of water is saved per year by irrigators. This is equivalent to more than 13,000 Olympic sized swimming pools per year, or around 20% of the volume of Lake Glenmaggie.

“More than 36,000 hectares of land are now covered by irrigation farm plans,” continued Mr Fuller.

Group selection

Expressions of interest to be part of the irrigator reference group are now open. EOIs close on Monday, 26 November.

To make an expression of interest, you can contact Anthony Goode on 1300 094 262 or email anthonyg@wgcma.vic.gov.au.

Irrigators will be asked to provide the following details.

  • name, phone and email
  • property location
  • industry
  • number of years farming in Gippsland
  • primary irrigation method
  • business structure (eg. family farm, corporate farm, etc)
  • reason wanting to be on the irrigator reference group

All EOIs will be treated as private and confidential and not be released outside of the selection panel.

Water for Victoria Pivot irrigating in the MID
Photo courtesy Craig Moodie.
Vegetable irrigation
Photo courtesy Craig Moodie.
dairy farm
Photo courtesy Craig Moodie.