Nations Food Bowl ready to go for big season ahead
1 September 2021
Murrumbidgee Irrigation’s 2021 winter works program is now complete and channels are filling up in readiness for an expected big irrigation season ahead.
The 2021 winter works program included the automation of 167 outlets and 141 regulators in Murrami and Griffith, as part of Stage 3 of Murrumbidgee Irrigation’s (MI’s) ongoing Automation Project.
MI CEO, Brett Jones, said Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) irrigators are now realising the benefits of an automated network.
“The automation works over winter were another significant step taken towards a modern and reliable water supply for the MIA,” said MI CEO Brett Jones.
“We are now heading into the final stages of an over decade long modernisation program, with around 80% of our system now automated.”
Mr Jones said he was looking forward to seeing what this season would bring for the nation’s food bowl, the MIA.
“Last season was a good one off the back of a few lean years for irrigators and coming into the new water season there is the anticipation that 2021/22 will be even better,” he said.
“The diversity and quality of the produce from our region, including winter and summer cereals, nuts, fodder, aquaculture, wine grapes, citrus and cotton, is testament to the value of irrigation to not only NSW, but our national economy.”
Mr Jones added that MI is continuing to monitor the escalating COVID situation and was confident the Company was ready for any possible scenario.
“We have done this before in 2020, so have thought ahead and prepared accordingly to ensure we can continue to deliver water to irrigators when they need it,” he said.
“Our offices are currently closed to the public in line with the health orders, while our staff remain on duty and our business is fully operational. Our crews are rostering and maintaining the separation they need to ensure the impacts of any outbreak would be contained to the smallest number of people.”
“Thank you to irrigators,’ and the rest of the community, for working with us to ensure that we can continue to deliver water in the best way possible.”
While winter is over you will still see MI’s teams out and about tidying up work sites and moving into the regular 'in-season' works program. Welcome rain events over the past few months restricted access to some sites, and MI will we be doing some of these maintenance works in season.