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- Making a splash in the water industry - for 20 years
- Deputy Premier launches $1.6 million project at Heyfield as part of major MID upgrade
- Southern Rural Water finalist in Premier's Sustainability Awards
- Blue Rock hoons on notice
- Warrnambool office closed 27 August
- Spring balancing act with Glenmaggie
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 9.30pm, Tuesday 19 August
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 3.30pm 19 August 2014
- Groundwater atlas launched for Port Phillip and Western Port
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 12 noon 18 August 2014
- Office closure August 27
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie - 10am Monday 4 August - FINAL UPDATE
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie - 9am, Sunday 3 August
- Releases from Lake Glanmaggie - 9am, 2 August
- Releases from Glenmaggie - 8am, 1 August 2014
- Releases from Glenmaggie - 4pm, Thursday 31 July - 31/7/2014
- New Chair for Macalister Customer Consultative Committee
- Releases from Glenmaggie - 9am, Thursday 31 July
- MID up to 100% allocation
- NAIDOC week 2014 - Flying the flag
- High flows Lake Narracan - 3.30pm update - FINAL
- High flows at Lake Narracan - 11.30am update Sunday 13 July
- High flows Lake Narracan
- Carrying over for the first time in Werribee and Bacchus Marsh
- Prosecution for illegal fishing at Merrimu
- Werribee farmer convicted of interfering with property
- Looking for smart rural water users
- 85% opening allocation for Macalister irrigators
- New video showing environmental improvements in the Macalister Irrigation District
- Comments sought on plan for south west aquifer
- Busy season for the Macalister
- MID winter water reminder
- Rusty Shovel charity golf day
- Werribee farmer placed on good behaviour bond
- End of season boost for Macalister irrigators
- 5% rise for Macalister irrigators
- Lilydale groundwater workshop
- Glenmaggie five knot restriction
- Groundwater workshop at Pakenham
- Groundwater workshop at Rosebud
- Clinton Rodda reappointed as Managing Director
- Water share auction sells out
- Groundwater atlas workshops across Port Phillip and Westernport Region
- Interest growing in water auction
- Dry season continues for Macalister irrigators
- Tough summer? Trade water.
- Hooning not tolerated at Glenmaggie
- Fourth water share auction for the Macalister
- Have your say about water law
- Mt Macedon creeks on total ban
- Melton recreation area reopens
- Stay away from channels
- A dam is not a swimming pool
- Bacchus Marsh office opens
- Check for BGA this summer
- Werribee students visit irrigation district
- Students study up on irrigation water
- Bright outlook for Macalister irrigators
- Board visits Thorpdale
- Glenelg groundwater forum
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 3.00pm, Wednesday 13 November
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 2.00pm, Wednesday 13 November
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 11.30am, Wednesday 13 November
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 7.30am, Wednesday 13 November
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 1.30am, Wednesday 13 November
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 9.30pm, Tuesday 12 November
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 7.30pm, Tuesday 12 November
- Releases from Lake Glanmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 5.00pm 12 November 2013
- Releases from lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 3.00pm 12 November 2013
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 1.00pm 12 November 2013
- New BGA alert for Werribee Weir
- Blue Green Algae alert lifted for Werribee Weir
- Cowwarr Weir reopens to public
- 100% allocation for Werribee and Bacchus Marsh irrigators
- Partial closures for boating on Lake Glenmaggie 2-3 November & 28-29 December 2013
- New water trading website launched
- 80% allocation for Werribee, Bacchus Marsh
- One new board director, three reappointed
- Releases for Glenmaggie - 9am Wednesday 28 August 2013
- Releases for Glenmaggie - 9am Tuesday 27 August 2013
- Releases for Glenmaggie - 11am Monday 26 August 2013
- Releases from Glenmaggie - 9am Monday 26 August 2013
- Releases from Glenmaggie - 9am Sunday 25 August 2013
- Releases from lake Narracan - 9am Saturday 24 August 2013
- Releases from Glenmaggie - 4pm, Friday 23 August 2013
- Releases from Glenmaggie - 9am, Friday 23 August
- Releases from Glenmaggie - 10am, Thursday 22 August
- Releases from Glenmaggie - 7.30pm Wednesday 21 August
- High flows out of Glenmaggie
- What it looks like down a bore......
- New swimming zone works at Glenmaggie
- What is liveability?
- MID allocation boosted to 90%
- Balancing water in Glenmaggie
- Golf day raises $4,000 for SES
- Cowwarr Weir closed over winter
- 500 kgs of carp
- 60% for Macalister irrigators
- 75% for Werribee irrigators
- 75% for Bacchus Marsh irrigators
- Big season for the Macalister Irrigation District
- Proposal to end Denison and Avon River Water Supply Protection Areas
- Proposal to end the Tarra River Water Supply Protection Area
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 19 June 2013 1.30pm (Final update)
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Wednesday 19 June 2013 8.30am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Tuesday 18 June 2013 - 10.30pm
- Release from Cowwarr Weir - Tuesday 18 June 2013 - 8.30pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Tuesday 18 June 6.30pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Tuesday 18 June 4.30pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Tuesday 18 June, 2.30pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Tuesday 18 June, 12.30pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Tuesday 18 June, 10.30am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Tuesday 18 June 8.30am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir -Tuesday 18 June 2013 6.30
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Tuesday 18 June 2013 - 4.30am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Tuesday 18 June 2013 - 2.30am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Tuesday 18 June 2013 - 12.30am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Monday 17 June 2013 - 10.30pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Monday 17 June 2013, 8.30
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Monday 17 June, 6.30pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - Monday 17 June, 4.30pm
- Glenmaggie at 30%
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 15 June, 12.30pm. Final update.
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir and Lake Narracan - 15 June 8.30am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir and Lake Narracan - 15 June 2013, 4.30am
- Releases from Lake Narracan - 15 June 2013 12.30am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 15 June 2013, 12.30am
- Releases from Lake Narracan - 14 June 2013, 8pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 14 June 2013, 7pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 14 June, 3.30pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 14 June, 11.30am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 14 June 9.30am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 14 June 2013, 7am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 14 June 2013, 5am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 14 June 2013 3am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 14 June 2013, 1am
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 13 June 2013 11pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 13 June 2013 10pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 13 June 2013 9pm
- Releases from Cowwarr Weir - 13 June 2013, 7pm
- Watch your farm dam
- Cowwarr Recreational Vehicle Area closed
- Rusty Shovel Charity Golf Day for the Maffra SES
- SRW warns of scam phone calls
- Swing for charity
- Werribee farmer on good behaviour bond
- Another blue green algae warning for Melton
- $32 million for the Macalister Irrigation District
- First apprentice for SRW
- Another 5% low reliability allocation for the Macalister
- Interactive storage levels online
- Glenmaggie speed restrictions
- $1 million from water auctions approved for modernisation
- Board visits Warrnambool
- Pykes Creek temporary closure 26-28 April
- Another 10% low reliability for irrigators
- New lease of life for channels
- 5% low reliability allocation for MID
- BGA Easter warning for Pykes Creek and Melton
- Open house at Ballarat
- BGA warning for Pykes Creek
- Changes proposed for Bairnsdale groundwater management
- BGA warning for Clydebank drain
- Land closure around Glenmaggie
- Water auction results
- BGA warning for Melton Reservoir
- Reasonable interest in auction
- Take care at Glenmaggie
- Fourth water share auction in the Macalister
- Avon River ban still allows water for firefighting
- Watch your water - rosters and restrictions
- Total ban on using creek water at Mt Macedon
- Warning to behave at Pykes Creek
- Boost for Macalister Irrigators
- MID irrigators now with 95%
- Parts of Lake Glenmaggie closed 29-30 December
- Don’t plumb bore water into your mains supply without approval
- Seeking independent committee member
- SRW flags higher allocation for the MID
- "Everyone should have a go"
- Environmental haven at Kilmany
- Looking for help with Pykes Creek
- Stay safe this summer at Pykes Creek
- Jump start on modernisation
- Hamilton district impresses Board
- Parts of Glenmaggie closed on 3-4 November 2012
- Charity golf day
- Gippsland groundwater atlas - a great asset for the region
- Be careful on Lake Glenmaggie - debris warning
- A wet season for water supply
- Merrimu not open for fishing
- Southern Rural Water public meeting - you're invited
- Southern Rural Water seeks feedback
- 100km milestone in the Macalister Irrigation District
- Cowwarr Weir reopens to the public
- Rural Water Innovation Award regional winner - Ballarat High School
- Rural Water Innovation Award winners - Dream-time Nursery at Heath Hill
- Rural Water Innovation Award winners - the Allens from Boisdale
- Groundwater levels now online
- Check your property dam
- High flow releases from Narracan - 13 August 10am - final update
- High flow releases from Narracan - 12 August 10am
- High flow releases from Narracan - 10 August 10am
- Groundwater atlas earns praise at Warragul
- High flow releases from Glenmaggie - 20 July, 8.30am
- Leongatha district farmers test atlas
- Yarram district groundwater workshop
- High flow releases from Glenmaggie - 19 July 11am
- High flow releases from Glenmaggie - 18 July, 11am
- Draft atlas tested by farmers
- Releases from Glenmaggie and Narracan - 5 July 2012 11am
- Releases from Glenmaggie and Narracan - 4 July 2012 10am
- Releases from Narracan - 3 July 2012 3pm
- Releases from Glenmagie - 3 July 2012 10am
- Bacchus Marsh irrigation district opening allocation
- Werribee irrigation district opening allocation
- Macalister irrigation district opening allocation
- Releases from Glenmaggie - 2 July 2012 10am
- Releases from Glenamggie - 1 July 2012 10am
- Releases for Glenmaggie - 30 June 2012 10am
- Releases for Glenmaggie - 29 June 2012 10am
- Groundwater workshops in Gippsland
- Release from Glenmaggie and Narracan - 28 June 2012 10am
- Flood damage closes Cowwarr Weir
- Releases from Narracan and Glenmaggie - 27 June 2012 10am
- Water Plan 3 now out for comment
- Releases from Narracan and Glenmaggie - 26 June 2012 10am
- Releases from Narracan and Glenmaggie
- Releases from Glenmaggie - 24 June 4.30pm
- Releases from Lake Narracan - 24 June 4pm
- Releases from Glenmaggie and Narracan - 24 June 8am
- Releases from Lake Narracan - 23 June 2012 7pm
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie - 23 June 2012 4pm
- Releases from L:ake Narracan - 23 June 2012 3pm
- Releases from Lake Narracan - 23 June 2012 7am
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie - 23 June 2012 7am
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie - 22 June 2012, 7.00pm
- Releases from Narracan and Glenmaggie - 4pm
- Releases from Lake Glenmaggie
- Releases from Lake Narracan - 11.30am update
- Releases from Lake Narracan
- Check property dams after earthquake
- Gippsland farmers warned to check dams
- SRW congratulations Graeme Anderson
- Glenmaggie release update - final
- Glenmaggie release update
- Glenmaggie release update
- Glenmaggie release update
- Removel of Lake Narracan webpage
- Removal of the Cowwarr Weir flood page
- Release update - Lake Glenmaggie and Lake Narracan, 8 June 2012, 8.00am
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie, Lake Narracan and Cowwarr Weir - 7 June 2012 5.00pm
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie, Lake Narracan and Cowwarr Weir - 7 June 2012 8.00am
- Release update for Lake Narracan - 6 June 2012, 8.00pm
- Replease update for Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 6 June 2012 7.00pm
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie, Lake Narracan and Cowwarr Weir - 6 June 2012 4.00pm
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie, Lake Narracan and Cowwarr Weir - 6 June 2012, 11.00am
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir 6 June 2012 , 7:30 am
- Release update for Cowwarr Weir - 6 June 2012, 5.00am
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie - 6 June 2012, 5:00am
- Removal of Blue Rock Lake flood page
- Release update Lake Narracan - 6 June 2012, 4:30am
- Release update Lake Glenmaggie -6 June 2012, 3:30am
- Release update - Lake Glenmaggie, Lake Narracan, Cowwarr Weir- 5 June 2012,1:30am
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie, Lake Narracan and Cowwarr Weir - 5 June 2012,11pm
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie, Lake Narracan, Cowwarr Weir and Blue Rock Lake - 5 June 2012,10pm
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie, Lake Narracan, Cowwarr Weir and Blue Rock Lake - 5 June 2012, 8pm
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie, Lake Narracan, Cowwarr Weir and Blue Rock Lake - 5 June 2012, 6.00pm
- Release update for Lake Glenamggie, Lake Narracan, Cowwarr Weir and Blue Rock Lake - 5 June 2012 1.30pm
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 5 June 2012, 10.00am
- Release update Lake Glenmaggie, Cowwarr Weir and Lake Narracan - 5 June 2012, 8.00am
- Release update Lake Glenmaggie, Cowwarr Weir and Lake Narracan - 5 June 2012, 6.30am
- Release update Cowwarr Weir - 5 June 2012, 5.30am
- Release update Cowwarr Weir - 5 June 2012, 4.30am
- Release update Lake Glenmaggie, Cowwarr Weir and Lake Narracan - 5 June 2012, 3.30am
- Release update Lake Glenmaggie, Cowwarr Weir and Lake Narracan - 5 June 2012, 1.30am
- Release update Lake Glenmaggie, Cowwarr Weir and Lake Narracan - 5 June 2012, 12.30am
- Release update Lake Glenmaggie, Cowwarr Weir and Lake Narracan - 4 June 2012, 11.30pm
- Release update Lake Glenmaggie, Cowwarr Weir and Lake Narracan - 4 June 2012, 9.30pm
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 4 June 2012, 8.00pm
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie and Cowwarr Weir - 4 June 2012, 6.30pm
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie - 4 June 2012, 4.30pm
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie - 4 June 2012, 2.30pm
- Works at Lake Narracan
- Southern Rural Water responses tested
- Deadline drawing near for water awards
- Have your say! SRW seeks Customer Committee Members
- Release update for Lake Narracan - 28 May 2012 6.00am
- Bairnsdale district farmers impress SRW Board
- A ruby anniversary - in water
- Temporary Closure of Cowwarr Weir
- Werribee farmer fined $10,000
- Call for entries in water awards
- BGA warning for Pykes Creek Reservoir
- Works begin in Macalister Irrigation District
- Local water report - Bunyip Basin and Mornington Peninsula
- Local water report - Werribee and Maribyrnong Basin
- Local water report - Yarra Basin
- Macalister water sells to local bidders
- Release update for Lake Glenmaggie - 16 March 2012 9am
- Bacchus Marsh farmer prosecuted
- Glenmaggie airspace holds floods to below minor flood
- Free training course for boat drivers at Pykes Creek
- Releases from Glenmaggie, and allocation announcement
- More free boat courses at Glenmaggie
- Another boost for irrigators
- Temporary closure of Melton recreational area
- Southern Rural Water looking for ideas
- Pykes creek boat limit and rubbish warning
- Free training course for boat drivers
- Pykes Creek boat limit
- Local water reports for Gippsland
- Boost for Werribee and Bacchus Marsh irrigators
- Warning for jet skiers at Glenmaggie
- Warning for jet skiers at Pykes Creek
- Another boost for Macalister irrigators
- Stay away from irrigation channels this summer
- Groundwater gold for the south west
- Children and farm dams don't mix
- World dam experts visit Pykes Creek
- New manager for Macalister Irrigation District and eastern storages
- Groundwater atlas for Gippsland
- Hawkesdale groundwater levels on the rise
- New manager for western irrigation districts
- MID 2030 update
- Keep Glenmaggie beautiful
- Feedback sought from irrigators
- A groundwater atlas for the south west
- No floodgates on western storages
- Jet skier prosecuted for trespass at Melton Reservoir
- Open house at Morwell
- Open house at Rosebud
- Fishing signs burnt again
- Vandalism at Merrimu
- Warrnambool groundwater atlas workshop
- Hamilton groundwater atlas workshop
- Colac groundwater atlas workshops
- Ballarat groundwater atlas workshop
- Glenmaggie levels build for irrigation season
- New number for water planners
- Rags to riches in water supply
- Changes to Southern Rural Water Board
- Changes to planners contact numbers for Werribee and Bacchus Marsh customers
- Public Notice - SRW 2011 Public Meeting
- Mornington Peninsula groundwater in good condition
- Sale district groundwater on the rise
- Glenmaggie airspace helps avoid major flood downstream
- Blue Rock spills for first time in 15 years
- A new challenge for Jack
- Lake Glenmaggie outflows reach minor flood levels
- Best season opening since 2007
- Warrion groundwater in good condition
- Groundwater injection approved
- Positive outlook for western irrigators
- Check dams after earthquake
- Minister briefed on modernisation
- Is your dam about to collapse?
- Tree damage warning
- Dismay at damage
- Work continues on Gippsland’s observation bores
- Victoria's Hidden Secret
- Reservoirs closed after hours
- Glenmaggie levels dropped
- Macalister water sells to local bidders
- Keep your meter clear
- Boat noise not on
- Blue Green Algae warning lifted for Melton Reservoir
- Werribee South company prosecuted
- District farmers meet SRW Board
- Reminder: Register now to bid on Macalister water shares
- Dam information night at Thorpdale
- Stay safe around our storages over Easter
- Second BGA warning for Melton Reservoir
- River flows in Geelong and Colac
- Strong season for Avon River
- South West river flows strongest in years
- Southern Rural Water lends a safety hand
- East Gippsland river flows strongest in years
- Noxious weeds around channels - who does what?
- Thorpdale farmers urged to check their dams immediately
- For sale: Permanent water shares in the Macalister
- Blue green algae warning for Melton Reservoir
- Werribee farmers can now use 75% groundwater
- Colac district farmers impress SRW Board
- Southern Rural Water meets with local farmers
- High summer rainfalls boosts allocation
- Weekend rain boosts allocation
- Groundwater open days
- Caution over weakened dams
- Blue green algae warning for Pykes Creek
- More allocation for Werribee and Bacchus Marsh
- Another boost for Macalister irrigators
- Salinity reduction the focus of tour group
- Melton Reservoir blitz
- Technical studies of groundwater
- $1 million upgrade to Gippsland’s observation bores
- Wet winter now benefits farmers
- Blue green algae warning for Pykes Creek Reservoir
- Four year water ban partially lifted
- Christmas/New Year opening hours
- No fishy business at Blue Rock and Glenmaggie
- Macalister allocation remains on 90%
- Fuller farm dams - make sure you stay safe
- Yarram Groundwater Management Plan approved
- One third of staff in training programs
- Groundwater forum in Lancefield
- Groundwater in Colac
- Groundwater in Port Fairy
- A good innings and a gold watch
- Dam safety for Gippsland
- Southern Rural Water announces Waterwise Award winners
- Groundwater forum in Lancefield
- Groundwater forum in Colac
- Groundwater forum in Port Fairy
- Allocation increased to 85%
- Allocation increased to 75%
- Blue Green Algal Bloom in Merrimu Reservoir
- Drilling is in his blood
- Board visits Werribee
- Board visits Bacchus Marsh
- Warrion Groundwater Plan approved by Minister
- Best ever record for Southern Rural Water
- A lifelong fascination with water
- Allocation increased to 63%
- Cautious chemical use near waterways
- Fish, flora and flumes – it’s a non-stop job
- Yarra Valley farmer convicted on water charges
- 60% allocations for Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts
- Is your farm dam safe?
- Kooweerup groundwater plan approved by Minister
- Lake Glenmaggie Spills
- Check to see if you need a licence
- Macalister Irrigation Area – allocation increase to 80%
- Increased water allocations in Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts
- Seeking out water innovators
- Macalister Irrigation Area – allocation increase to 65%
- Southern Rural Water seeks feedback
- Macalister Irrigation Area – Opening Water Allocation of 55% for the 2010/11 Irrigation Season
- Southern Rural Water welcomes new board appointments
- Vandalism closes public recreational reserve for repairs
- Have your say on groundwater
- Proposed Maribyrnong Bulk Entitlement Amendment
- Board visits Warrnambool
- Werribee South man fifth to be convicted of water offences this year
- Macalister water sells to local bidders
- Macalister Irrigation District farmer prosecuted for wrongfully taking water
- Southern Rural Water directs owner to stop bore leakage
- Southern Rural Water celebrates significant injury-free record
- Pykes Creek upgrade officially opens
- Yarram Groundwater Management Plan open for comment
- Warning on bore water use
- Reminder: Register now to bid on Macalister water shares
- Public meetings for groundwater management plan
- Macalister irrigation increase to 100% HRWS and 45% LRWS
- Another two Werribee South farmers prosecuted
- Public meetings for groundwater management plan
- For sale: Permanent water shares in the Macalister
- Macalister irrigation increase to 100% HRWS and 35% LRWS
- Warrion Groundwater Plan open for comment
- Werribee South man convicted of water offences
- Farm dams in fire affected areas
- Willsy the water diplomat
- Meerlieu farmer prosecuted
- Macalister irrigation increase to 100% HRWS and 20% LRWS
- Southern Rural Water launches 3D groundwater maps
- Kooweerup Groundwater Plan open for comment
- Werribee South man convicted of wrongfully taking water
- Macalister irrigation increase to 100% HRWS and 10% LRWS
- Trainees take on new roles at Southern Rural Water
- Increased water allocations in Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts
- Cowwarr Weir reopened to the public
- Cowwarr Weir to be closed for immediate works
- End of Blue Green Algal bloom in Melton Reservoir
- Dairy deadline nears
- Ceres farmer convicted and fined for taking water without consent
- Blue Green Algal bloom in Melton Reservoir
- Macalister increase to 100%
- Creek water bans announced - Mt Macedon area
- Bruce Esplin tours Gippsland
- Be safe this summer – don’t swim in irrigation channels
- Company caught tampering with meter
- Be safe this summer – don’t risk spending it in hospital
- Think carefully about who applies for licence
- Increased water allocations in Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts
- Macalister allocations increase with the closure of the potential spilling period
- Victoria’s new approach to domestic and stock water use
- Driller prosecuted
- Werribee & Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts – allocation increased to 8%
- Congratulations to Graeme!
- Dairy program a once-off opportunity
- Southern Rural Water compliant with Safe Drinking Water Act
- Southern Rural Water Board visits Yarram
- Southern Rural Water announces new organisational structure
- Macalister fun during Water Week
- Vandalism closes public recreational reserve for repairs
- Werribee & Bacchus Marsh Irrigation Districts – allocation increased to 6%
- Southern Rural Water releases 2008/09 Annual Report
- Lake Glenmaggie spills
- Rain boosts allocations for irrigators
- Lake Glenmaggie predicted to spill
- Groundwater Management Area Annual Reports
- Macalister Irrigation Area – allocation increase to 75%
- Observation bore drilling starts near Ballarat
- Macalister Irrigation Area – allocation increase to 70%
- Tunnel technology saves megalitres for MID
- Don't bore without a licence
- Pykes Creek Reservoir re-opens to the public
- Macalister Irrigation Area – allocation increase to 55%
- Macalister Irrigation Area - commences season with a 45% allocation
- Macalister Irrigation Area – allocation increase to 40%
- Southern Rural Water signs up with Greenfleet
- Suspended sentence serves as warning for landowners
- Gippsland Sustainable Water Strategy discussion paper released
- Macalister Irrigation Area – allocation increase to 35%
- Welcome to our new website!
- Southern Rural Water celebrates 15 years
- Macalister Irrigation Area – Opening Water Allocation of 30% for the 2009/10 Irrigation Season
- Don’t bore without a licence
- A new study into south-west Victoria’s largest underground water supply could support significant development in the area.
- Sale man prosecuted over water release into Hearts Morass
- Bacchus Marsh farmer receives suspended sentence for taking water
- Drilling complete for observation bores in Hawkesdale area
- Water licence warning for the Bungaree area
- Charges laid
- Don't be dammed
- Cowwarr Weir to be closed for essential works
- Farmers consulted on irrigation future
- New Managing Director


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You don’t see too many gold watches being handed out for long service in today’s workforce.

However, Ian Kendell of Southern Rural Water broke all the records for the water corporation when he recently chalked up 45 years of service.

Ian started back in the days of State Rivers and Water Supply. His brother worked for them in Kerang and Ian was able to get some casual work before being employed full-time in the construction gang.

“I was in the construction gang for four years and I’d worked my way up to being in charge of the construction of many channel structures – bridges, culverts, regulators and meter outlets,” said Ian. “But we were friends with the water bailiff who lived up the road and I really liked the idea of being a water bailiff. You had to be at least 21 years old to join the public service, though, so I waited and as soon as I was old enough, I applied.”

Although he’s now called a Water Service Operator, Ian is still essentially in the same position. He had many opportunities to take indoor positions but didn’t like the idea. The attraction of his job, he says, include being outdoors, being your own boss, and taking pride in operating your own section of an irrigation district.

In 1978 Ian and his family moved to Gippsland to see if the change in climate would improve his son’s asthma. It did. “It was worth the move, and we like it down here. You’re close to the snow, the beaches, the lakes, and we also got involved in local sporting clubs at Nambrok,” he said.

It would come as no surprise to anyone that Ian has seen plenty of changes in the Macalister Irrigation District since then. One has been the adoption of modern technology, known as Total Channel Control, to automate water delivery through parts of the district.

“There is a lot less manual work now without drop bars and checking measuring points,” said Ian. “You can look at a computer and see what’s where.

“I can already see water savings with this system. And you can tell within minutes if something has gone wrong for a customer or whether someone is rorting the system.”

When Ian first started, customers would order their water via red letter boxes which were collected four times a week. “Then we went to telephone ordering and now they can also order online,” said Ian.

On an average day, Ian spends his time checking flows of outlets, regulating water down channels and talking with customers. “There’s more area to cover nowadays, and you may be doing something at the top of your section, then have to race down the bottom to do something else. There’s a fair bit of travelling throughout the area.”

But he still enjoys the work, and gets along well with his fellow staff at Southern Rural Water. And his advice to anyone wanting to follow in his footsteps? “Remember, the customer is always the first person you have to give priority to when delivering water,” he said.

For more information, please contact Southern Rural Water on 1300 139 510.

ENDS.

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