Have your say on irrigation in West Gippy
Published: 8 June 2023

This is a call out for members of West Gippsland’s irrigation community to add their voices to the conversation and join the Lake Wellington Irrigator Reference Group. 

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

“The current group members have been a fantastic resource for the last two years but it’s time to allow some to take a break and invite some new voices to the conversation,” said Sustainable Irrigation Project Officer with West Gippsland CMA, 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 Group does centre on the Macalister Irrigation District, it will also consider issues in the broader catchment including the Latrobe and Avon rivers and irrigation practice around the Thorpdale area. 

Supported by staff from both the West Gippsland CMA 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 John.

If you are interested in being involved, please contact Brad Missen from the West Gippsland CMA at bradm@wgcma.vic.gov.au