2016 Rural Water Awards state winners and runner up

Congratulations to our customers who received awards at the 2016 Rural Water Awards in Melbourne on Friday 2 December 2016:

Irrigation District Water Users

Ian and Mary Hamono

State winner - Ian & Mary Hamono (Hamily Pty Ltd)

Kyabram couple Ian and Mary Hamono are leading the way in lucerne production in the Goulburn Valley. Their property, once used for growing tomatoes with an aged irrigation flood layout, has been transformed using state-of-the-art technology to grow maize, wheat, barley, canola and soya beans.

A new 160 hectare sub-surface drip irrigation system has provided increased yield (an extra one to two tonne per hectare), increased income and greater efficiencies. This means 100 per cent of land can be irrigated, compared with 68 per cent previously. It also provides water savings of approximately 1.5 ML per hectare per irrigation. Mr Hamono said sub-surface drip irrigation is continuing to be adopted as best practice throughout the Goulburn Valley.

Photo: Winner of the 2016 Rural Water Awards irrigation category – Hamily Pty Ltd. (L-R) Scott Barber, General Manager Customer Operations, Goulburn-Murray Water. Ian and Mary Hamono from Hamily Pty Ltd. Hon. Anthony Carbines, Parliamentary Secretary for Water. Patrick McNamara, Director at Goulburn-Murray Water.

 

Groundwater Users

Karl and Will Hooke

State winner - Karl & Will Hooke (Willera Merinos)

Increased returns on stock sales, higher cropping income, larger crop yields and better planning certainty are all benefits brothers Karl and Will Hooke have enjoyed thanks to exploring groundwater options. Following repeated low allocations from the Loddon River system for their Serpentine property, the pair sought an alternative water source.

After exploratory drilling, a high yielding aquifer not previously mapped was located. The brothers invested in drilling and construction of a 450 millimetre diameter bore to a depth of 102 metres, that was capable of delivering a 21 ML per day. Now even in dry seasons such as 2015, Willera Merinos have a back-up water supply.

Photo: Winner of the 2016 Rural Water Awards groundwater category – Willera Merinos. (L-R) Scott Barber, General Manager Customer Operations, Goulburn-Murray Water. Karl and Kate Hooke and Will and Kia Hooke, Willera Merinos. Hon. Anthony Carbines, Parliamentary Secretary for Water. Patrick McNamara, Director at Goulburn-Murray Water.

 

Surface Water Users

Tom Acocks

State runner up - Tom Acocks (MK & HG Acocks Pty Ltd)

Tom Acocks has not only increased the efficiency of his dairy business, he has doubled cropping as part of a new area of irrigation to supply fodder to an 850-strong cow herd. Located south of Rochester, Mr Acock’s property utilises a new connection to the Campaspe River which replaces a redundant channel supply system.

The farm business takes advantage of a new irrigation design which uses two centre pivots and variable speed drive pumps, creating water savings of up to 5 ML per hectare a year. This has allowed remote operation and monitoring – significantly reducing Mr Acock’s labour requirements. A smartphone and an internet connection is all that’s required to manage irrigation.

Photo: Runner up of the 2016 Rural Water Awards surface water category – MK & HG Acocks Pty Ltd. (L-R) Scott Barber, General Manager Customer Operations, Goulburn-Murray Water. Tom Acocks (MK & HG Acocks Pty Ltd). Hon. Anthony Carbines, Parliamentary Secretary for Water. Patrick McNamara, Director at Goulburn-Murray Water.

 

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