Water sales hit target
Local food growers in the Manjimup-Pemberton area have shown their support to a proposed Irrigation Scheme by signing up to the Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme water sales process.
With the official water sales process formally closing on Wednesday 28th February, the SF Irrigation Cooperative was impressed to see the local community had supported the project with applications received for both summer and winter scheme water.
Southern Forests Irrigation Scheme Chairman Harvey Giblett was delighted with the backing of the local industry to show how serious they were about building the region’s food-growing capacity.
With submissions exceeding the initial water sales target, the SF Irrigation Cooperative will now start working through the engineering aspects of the scheme.
“It’s an exciting milestone to have reached, and we now focus on designing the scheme and how to incorporate as many growers as we can,” Mr. Giblett said.
“It’s a bit early to tell, but I think we’ll even encourage the uptake of some additional water during the winter period to really maximise the scheme.”
With applications now officially lodged, the Southern Forests community have taken the first steps to show Federal Government how determined they are see the scheme come to fruition.
“To reach these numbers on the first attempt is the best way to show the Federal Government that we are here and excited to grow our region” Mr Giblett said.
“This is direct from the community, we want this scheme.”
The project will now wait to hear if it have been successful in seeking an additional $40million from the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.