Share your expertise on the Irrigator Reference Group

The search is on for members of the irrigation community to join a local Irrigation Reference Group. 

The Lake Wellington Irrigator Reference Group (IRG) was first established in 2018 with a view to contribute local knowledge on irrigation related issues to the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) and Agriculture Victoria (Ag Vic). 

“The current group has been a fantastic resource for the last two years but it’s time to allow some of those members to have a rest and recruit some new voices to the conversation,” said Sustainable Irrigation Project Office with the WGCMA, Brad Missen 

“The IRG will continue to provide advice on the Sustainable Irrigation Program as well as a range of extension and incentive programs managed by the CMA or Ag Vic,” continued Brad. 

While the focus of the IRG does centre on the Macalister Irrigation District, it will also consider issues in the broader catchment including the Latrobe River and irrigation practice around the Thorpdale area. 

Supported by staff from both the WGCMA and Ag Vic, the group will meet up to six times a year with members being remunerated for their time and input. 

“What we’re looking for are people who are in the irrigation sector who can provide advice and help us maximise the benefit of any program or incentive scheme that we are offering,” said Brad. 

“In the past, the input from farmers on the ground has proved invaluable to fine tuning how we’ve done things, meaning the farming community has benefitted and received a product or service that better suits their needs. 

Member of the IRG since 2018, dairy farmer Rod Warren said his experience has been both valuable and worthwhile. 

“It’s been really interesting to have input into a range of initiatives and help shape them to better fit with what’s actually needed on the ground 

I’d certainly encourage anyone who is currently involved in irrigation locally to put their hands up to contribute,” said Rod. 

Anyone interested in being involved should contact Brad Missen from the WGCMA at bradm@wgcma.vic.gov.au 

Expressions of interest close on Wednesday, 17 March 2021.  

Published on 22 February 2021.