Goulburn-Murray Water having a field day in Elmore
New guide for changing landscape
GOULBURN-Murray Water (GMW) will again be an exhibitor during this week’s Elmore Field Days, providing an opportunity to meet face-to-face with customers and to raise awareness about their services.
A feature of this year’s marquee will be information on the high-tech survey tools GMW uses to monitor and maintain assets ranging from thousands of kilometres of irrigation channels to massive dam walls.
GMW managing director Pat Lennon said these tools include new drone technology to make looking after their equipment and assets safer, faster and more efficient.
“For example, a drone can fly where people or vehicles have no safe access, like over dams, rivers, channels and dense bush,” Mr Lennon said. “They can use technology like thermal imaging to detect water leaks in pipelines or silt and weed infestation in channels.”
Business performance coordinator Sam McKenna encouraged customers to visit GMW staff with their own questions on issues of importance to them.
GMW staff will be at site 493 until Thursday and available to talk about services such as: • Seasonal determinations; • My GMW - their online service; • Fixed charges accounts; • The Connections Project; • Carryover and spillable water accounts;
• Delivery shares, water shares and groundwater;
• And answer other questions you may have.
“Last year we had more than 100 people visit the site to chat to staff and ask questions. The most com- mon questions were related to accounts, the Connections Project and floods at the time,” Mr McKenna said.
“It’s also a chance for us to show what we do, including our new survey technology.”
The Elmore Field Days has been held since 1964. The agricultural field days showcase agricultural service and innovation from across Victoria and interstate.
The event is held at the Elmore Events Centre, 48 Rosaia Rd, Elmore. For more information visit www.elmorefielddays.com.au LISTS OF native plants suited to local conditions, landscaping design ideas and streamlined application processes are included in the recently released Landscape Plan Guide for Development.
This plan covers the Campaspe Shire Council, Greater Shepparton City Council and Moira Shire Council.
Goulburn Broken CMA chief executive Chris Norman said landscaping was an important part of the development process.
“We all appreciate good landscaping in our neighbourhoods – whether it’s providing attractive streetscapes and public spaces in residential areas or shaded parking in and around sporting, shopping, industrial and commercial precincts,” he said.
Mr Norman said the guide established consistent requirements for sustainable landscape developments across the three municipalities.
“This will help private developers and permit applicants to prepare landscape plans that incorporate good design, help with implementation and also take into consideration ongoing maintenance,’’ he said.
As well as user-friendly templates, the guide provided extensive native planting lists.
“Native plants are better adapted to the local climate and soil types, attract birds and other fauna, reduce the risk of garden weed ‘escapees’, require less water and fertiliser than many exotic species and help link and create wildlife corridors,’’ he said.
The guide was prepared by Spiire Australia as part of a collaborative project with the councils and the Goulburn Broken CMA.
Developers and landscape planners and designers were consulted during development of the guide.
More information and a copy of the guide can be found on each council’s website. email@example.com
All information collected through the community sessions and via email will be collated and assessed for the works program.