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Technology is improving water efficiencies to the irrigation industry

Improving water efficiency and productivity for irrigators in the lower Riverina district has become a reality using cloud based technology and telemetry systems.

The Innovation in Irrigation project is being delivered by Riverina Local Land Services and has resulted in the adoption of innovative sustainable agricultural practices for the industry.

Riverina Local Land Services Acting Manager Land Services, Tom White said the project has provided irrigators with an opportunity to incorporate new ideas and tools resulting in improved productivity, reduced farm costs and long-term sustainability outcomes.

“Small grants of up to $5,000 were offered to irrigators to undertake works or planning activities with more than 17,000 hectares in the Hay, Carrathool, Murrumbidgee, Leeton and Griffith areas benefiting through improved systems and technology,” he said.

“Works undertaken in the area included updating irrigation design plans, installing soil moisture probes and weather stations and the automation of irrigation delivery systems.”

Mr White said all of the systems implemented also had the ability to be reviewed or changed remotely using cloud based technology.

“There was great interest in the project from the industry and local irrigators are improving water use efficiency and becoming confident in using new technologies,” he said.

“Due to the success and level of interest in the project, we will be running a further funding round in 2017-18.”

Successful grant recipients Kim and Ben Witham from “Mundoora” Coleambally said the Irrigation in Innovation funding had enabled them to extend their automated irrigation processes.

“The funding meant we were able to better manage precious resources such as water as well as labour, which all amounts to a better work life balance and aids in increasing our productivity and the bottom line,” they said.

“We have had a number of tours through our property and are happy to discuss our setup with other like-minded irrigators looking to introduce change.”

This project was supported by Riverina Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government National Landcare Programme.

For further information contact Project Manager, Anna Wilson 6954 4650 or

Caption: Automation of irrigation delivery systems

Media contact: Tracey Bell - 02 6923 6353 / 0428 435 029