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Southern Rural Water is looking at opportunities to expand irrigated agriculture in the Latrobe, Thomson, Macalister and Avon catchments in Central Gippsland. The aim of the study is to consider projects that may promote regional development and boost employment for the region in the future.

A recent land capability and water resources assessment identified four areas of interest in Central Gippsland for potential irrigation development. These areas include:

  • Latrobe River – Glengarry to Rosedale
  • Toongabbie – between Macalister Irrigation District and Latrobe River focus area
  • Bushy Park to Llowalong, adjacent to the northern side of the Avon River
  • Dutson – Longford to Dutson Downs

RM Consulting Group (RMCG) is working with Southern Rural Water to determine potential future demand for irrigation water in these areas. Future agricultural irrigation demand is the focus of the study. However urban, environmental and industrial demands will also be considered.

Consultation activities will take place throughout late August and September 2017, including information sessions, a telephone and online survey, and industry meetings.

Existing landholders in the Latrobe River, Toongabbie, Avon River and Dutson areas, or those with an interest in possible future irrigated agriculture opportunities in central Gippsland, are encouraged to participate in the study. To register interest, go to SVIDlink or contact Anna Kelliher from RMCG on (03) 5441 4821.

This study is supported by funding from the Australian Government National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.

The next events and information sessions:

4pm – 7pm Drop-in info session
Tuesday 5th September, 2017
Stratford Courthouse Theatre
66 Princes Hwy
Stratford

4pm – 7pm Drop-in info session
Wednesday 6th September, 2017
Glengarry Football Netball Club
Cairnbrook Road
Glengarry

For more information, see the FAQs under Projects on www.srw.com.au