Have drones, will travel (and save)

The Riverine Herald - - REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST - By Tyla Har­ring­ton

DRONES are now be­ing rou­tinely used by Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter, to save both time and money when it comes to plan­ning, con­struc­tion and main­te­nance of more than $5 bil­lion in ir­ri­gation as­sets in its care and con­trol.

But the team found time to ex­plain 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 its Nu­murkah Net­work of Planned Ac­tiv­ity Groups, the health ser­vice hosts monthly meet­ings of el­derly res­i­dents to keep them en­gaged and in­volved in the com­mu­nity.

“These tools are help­ing us to quickly, ef­fi­ciently and ac­cu­rately map the chan­nels in our net­work 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.

“Such ex­er­cises also help to spread the word on how drones are con­tribut­ing to safety and sav­ing time and ef­fort in the field.”

Glenn said it was also a plea­sure for GMW to show new tech­nol­ogy to farm­ers who have lived through decades of their own forms of in­no­va­tion in agri­cul­ture.

“These peo­ple are all for­mer cus­tomers of GMW, and many in their fam­ily re­main our cus­tomers to­day,” Glenn said.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate their in­ter­est and con­tin­ued in­volve­ment in the ef­fi­cient run­ning of the Goul­burn Mur­ray Ir­ri­gation Dis­trict.”

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