Workshops to provide water insight

WATER: Eyre Peninsula farmer Brenton Jones has made significant changes to his water system on his property. Picture: Supplied
WATER: Eyre Peninsula farmer Brenton Jones has made significant changes to his water system on his property. Picture: Supplied

Workshops will be hosted across Eyre Peninsula this month which showcase the latest technologies and products available to capture, store and move water around properties for farmers and primary producers in the region.

The Water Use on Farms Workshops will be hosted by Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula, and regenerative agriculture project officer Mary Crawford said the workshops would focus on improving water use and infrastructure on-farm, with an afternoon water security planning session.

"Every drop of water counts when it comes to farm water security, particularly with below average rainfall over the past two years," she said.

"We have a great line up of key speakers, including well-known local water experts Warren and Marc Dickie from Lincoln Rural, Brad Lynch from Lynch Technologies, and Shane Diener from Solar Water Pumps Australia."

She said topics to be discussed included water security, moving water, new products and technologies available for water systems such as the latest monitoring systems, and information regarding the On Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme.

The workshops coincide with the state government's announcement that it has increased the rebate from 25 per cent to 50 per cent for projects undertaken since July 1, 2019, and Primary Industries and Regions South Australia staff will be available to answer questions on the scheme.

Farmers can also claim accelerated depreciation with 100 per cent write-off on vital infrastructure such as water facilities and fencing.

"Farmers are also welcome to bring along labelled water samples from dams, soaks or springs for salinity testing on the day," Ms Crawford said.

The workshops start in Ceduna on Tuesday, March 17 at the Ceduna Blues Sports Club.

That will be followed by an Elliston session on Wednesday, March 18 at the Elliston Golf Club, then at Kimba on Thursday, March 19 at the Kimba Golf Club, and finally at Wanilla on Friday, March 20 at the Wanilla Hall.

All sessions will run from 8.30am to 4pm.

Registrations are required by Friday, March 6, from eventbrite.com.au/o/natural-resources-eyre-peninsula-9794400212

The cost for the workshop is $50, which includes a laminated aerial map of one property, morning tea and lunch.

Landholders are required to provide their CT number from their council rates when registering to obtain an aerial map.

For further information please contact Mary Crawford 0407 187 878, Holly Whittenbury 0417 404 129 or visit naturalresources.sa.gov.au/eyrepeninsula.