The Rural Water Awards seek to recognise and reward Victorian rural water users (licence/entitlement holders) that have developed or adapted clever ideas that have led to better water use outcomes, delivering or having the potential to deliver water savings or greater productivity for their business.
The Rural Water Awards take place every two years, with the next awards due to take place in 2018. The awards take in rural water customers of Goulburn-Murray Water, Southern Rural Water, GWMWater, Lower Murray Water and Coliban Water. The awards run in in partnership with VicWater, Victorian Farmers Federation and the Victorian state government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) actively encourages farmers and entitlement holders in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID) to nominate themselves or someone they know for the awards, to ensure the innovation, expertise and talent of farmers in our district is shared on a state level.
Regional winners will receive $500, and statewide winners receive $2000 with runners-up receiving $500.
Nomination categories include:
- Irrigation district water users; draws water directly from rural supply system (pipelines, channels etc.)
- Groundwater users; bore water
- Surface water users; diverts water directly from a waterway (river, creek etc.)
- Community and education groups; Schools and other community groups that draw water from any rural water source (any of the above)
Nominations for the 2016 awards closed 31 August.