Old farm­ers learn­ing some new tech tricks

Shepparton News - Country News - - WATER -

A num­ber of re­tired farm­ers have re­ceived a master­class in drones, cour­tesy of Goul­burn-Mur­ray Water’s Sur­vey Ser­vices team.

Drones are now rou­tinely used by G-MW to save time and money when it comes to plan­ning, con­struc­tion and main­te­nance of the re­gion’s ir­ri­gation as­sets.

The team ex­plained the use of drones and put on an ae­rial dis­play for a keen au­di­ence at Nu­murkah District Health Ser­vice on Novem­ber 15, as part of a series of monthly meet­ings for el­derly res­i­dents to keep them en­gaged and in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

The Nu­murkah Net­work’s ru­ral group is com­prised of farm­ers, most with a crop­ping or dairy back­ground, who have re­tired to Nu­murkah or handed over the op­er­a­tions to their younger fam­ily.

The group later trav­elled to nearby net­ball courts to re­ceive a demon­stra­tion from G-MW em­ploy­ees and CASAac­cred­ited pilots, G-MW draugh­t­ing of­fi­cer Graeme Eadie and G-MW ser­vice man­ager Ro­han Forster.

The drone snapped some self­ies of the group while the prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions of these new sur­vey tools were shown with the fly­ing demon­stra­tion.

‘‘These tools help us quickly, ef­fi­ciently and ac­cu­rately map chan­nels and ac­cess other­wise in­ac­ces­si­ble ar­eas, check the struc­tural in­tegrity of our in­fra­struc­ture and have a host of other uses,’’ sur­vey ser­vices man­ager Glenn Collins said.

Mr Collins said he was pleased to show new tech­nol­ogy to farm­ers who have lived through decades of their own forms of in­no­va­tion in agri­cul­ture.

Fly­ing high . . . Mem­bers of the Nu­murkah Net­work watch the drone demon­stra­tion.

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