An historical transformation
Murray Irrigation is on the brink of achieving the most revolutionary change in its history.
In the coming months, the company will finalise its Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program (PIIOP) Round 2 project which will see the transition from manual to predominantly remotecontrolled operations.
The $206 million project spans the company’s entire footprint and comprises the upgrade of more than 3400 structures. Together with improved financial results and a new focus on safety, the works will ensure the company is future-ready.
The steps we have taken to reduce costs, target our capital expenditure and focus on safety are paying dividends this year.
We’re now positioned to take advantage of a positive cashflow and build our reserves for the future.
We’ll continue to up-skill our workforce to operate the remote-control network while ensuring we keep enough ‘boots on the ground’ to monitor and maintain manual operations where required.
The company delivered 824 gigalitres in 2016/17, including the delivery of 100GL on behalf of the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder to mitigate local blackwater events.
We’re focussed on identifying oppor- tunities to maximise water use within our system.
Farms are being progressively switched on with their new outlets and linked into an aggregated control system.
We now need to work with our customers to leverage these improvements and extract both on-farm efficiencies and inchannel improvements.
This will take time, effort and patience as we move into a new operating environment that will likely lead to an improvement in our region’s overall productivity.
Michael Renehan (pictured) is chief executive officer of Murray Irrigation Limited.