Goul­burn-Murray Wa­ter hav­ing a field day in El­more

New guide for chang­ing land­scape

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By VIVI­ENNE DUCK

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. shire@cam­paspe.vic.gov.au

All in­for­ma­tion col­lected through the com­mu­nity ses­sions and via email will be col­lated and as­sessed for the works program.

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