Irrigation Scheme hosts successful workshops
The recent Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme workshops were deemed a success after nearly 80 local residents, shire representatives, and people from industry attended the two sessions held on 5 and 7 February in Pemberton and Manjimup respectively.
Hosted by the SF Irrigation Cooperative, the sessions enabled prospective buyers and the wider community to hear from speakers from across Australia about the proposed irrigation scheme. Main themes covered included why the proposed irrigation scheme was necessary, what the scheme could bring to the region, and why the success of the current water sales was imperative to the scheme receiving federal funding.
SF Irrigation Cooperative Chairman Harvey Giblett opened the workshops and used the opportunity to encourage growers in the region to join the scheme and register for the water sales, stating that an unsuccessful water sales process would likely jeopardise the current federal funding application.
“I can’t stress enough that our part of the equation is the key to getting the scheme up and running.”
“If the scheme doesn’t go ahead, or you’re opposed to it, why wouldn’t you want the money spent in the region” Giblett said.
The sessions also hosted key speakers including Southern Fields Director Colin Houston, Greg Stanford from Woods Consulting, Strategen Environmental consultant Heath Morgan and representatives from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
Attendees provided positive feedback about the sessions and were thankful for the opportunity to have their questions answered in a face-to-face opportunity. Complementary factsheets on the water sales were distributed, and are available on the Water for Food website.
The Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme water sales are open until 28 February with all information available here.