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Entries are now open for the 2016 Rural Water Awards, designed to recognise and reward Victorian rural water licence holders who are doing great things with water.

Awards are available in four categories: for irrigation district water users (drawing water from a rural supply system such as channels or pipelines), groundwater users (bores), surface water users (diverting water from a waterway or dam) and community and education groups that draw water from any of the above water sources.

Regional winners will receive $500, and state-wide winners receive $2000 with runners-up receiving $500.

Entries close Wednesday 31st August 2016.
Download the entry information on our website for more information.

State Winners from the 2014 Rural Water Awards:

Community & Education Groups:

Irymple South Primary School

For many years now Irymple South Primary School has incorporated an environmental awareness program as an integral part of their curriculum. The school encourages students and families to hold a strong environmental conscience and to truly live a lifestyle that reflects this.

With this belief in mind the school has Installed four rain water tanks which are used to irrigate vegetable gardens, fruit orchards and chicken runs. The school has also incorporated a working worm farm producing worm castings and worm fertiliser which is used and sell to the community. The school has also Incubated and lovingly raised many chickens which supply the school community with eggs.
The School has developed approximately 10 vegetable gardens which are sold at the school farmer’s markets, which students help run. Irymple South has also built a school orchard which produces beautiful edible fruit for the community and installed solar panels to recycle the energy from the sun.

Surface Water users:

(Garacama P/L) T/as Andrew Peace Wines

Andrew Peace Wines was recognised for their innovative work around converting dry land farming practices and incorporating subsurface irrigation practices.

As part of the Business Plan Andrew Peace Wines converter a dairy farm with poorly laid out flood irrigation to permanent pasture and fodder crops.

The property was purchased by Garacama, a family business with a corporate structure after internal benchmarking of the business highlighted the need to diversify to manage risk.

Options to diversify included significant research nationally and internationally and an assessment of skills needed, availability and capability to deliver.

Planning recognised that the business, due to remoteness from major regional centres, had to leverage available skills and resources within the business to underpin the development and the limited resources available locally.

For more information contact our office and speak to Customer Relations Co-ordinator, Leesa Merrett 03 50513 400.


 Entry form 2016

 Awards kit


 Terms and Conditions

 Case Study - Community & Education

 Case Study - Surface Water user

State Award Presentations
Rural Water Awards Gala Luncheon

John Tesoriero (LMW CHair), Robyn Brooks (Principal), Penni Williams, Irymple South PS

John Tesoriero (LMW Chair), Calum Peace (Garacama), Marian Peligri (Garacama), Richard Anderson (VFF)

Photos from our regional winners:

Irymple South Primary School - vegie garden

Check bank - before works (Andrew Peace Wines)

Crop with subsurface irrigation

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