Through our Board, management, staff, contractors and professional associations, we will continue to improve our environmental performance.Our environmental performance can be measured through the development and maintenance of the Environmental Management System and associated plans/strategies.Environmental activities conducted under these documents include:
- Protection of the Hooded Scaly Foot (Legless lizard) at the Mildura West Water Treatment Plant.
- Joint protection of the Murray Hardy-Head fish at Koorlong and Cardross Lakes
- Integrated pest plant and animal management that we managed land and biodiversity assets
We live in a delicate region that has been and will continue to be affected by development, regulation and climate challenges like drought. Our goal is to understand the impacts of our activities and manage our water and environment responsibly and sustainably.
Mildura is located on the Murray River in north-west Victoria on the border of New South Wales – 550kms north west of Melbourne, 400kms north-east of Adelaide and 1080kms west of Sydney.
The Mildura region has access to sufficient water and sewerage for future business and industry growth. Water is managed in the region through various government organisations. The Murray Darling Basin Authority is the Commonwealth agency that allocates base loads of water from the overall river system. The Victorian Government through its agent, Goulburn-Murray Water, manages the transfer of water to the local corporation, Lower Murray Water. Bulk water entitlements are made available for urban users (residential and industrial), rural users (irrigation) and the environment.
Irrigated horticulture utilised 77,750 hectares of land in 2003 – an almost 24% increase from 1997.
The Mildura region economy generates $2.788 billion in Gross Regional Product (GRP) per annum and is diversified across agriculture/horticulture, advanced manufacturing, logistics and services.
The Mildura region is one Australia’s most important areas for agribusiness (in particular, horticultural) production. For example, the region grows the following percentage of Australia’s produce:
- 95% of dried vine fruit
- 74% of table grapes
- 41% of pistachios
- 65% of almonds
- 24% of citrus
- 20% of wine grape crush
- 16% of asparagus
- 11% of carrots
Swan Hill Rural City is principally an agricultural and horticultural region deriving its income from these industries and the businesses that service them.
The municipality is bordered by the Murray River, Australia’s greatest river, for over 300 kilometres and is highly dependent on it for irrigation, domestic and industrial water supplies as well as active and passive recreational pursuits.
Swan Hill and Robinvale are the two largest service centres in the municipality, however, a number of smaller towns such as Lake Boga, Manangatang, Nyah, Nyah West, Piangil, Ultima and Woorinen South offer a variety of lifestyles.
The Gannawarra Shire is located in the Loddon Murray region in the state of Victoria, Australia and is 3 hours’ drive from Melbourne.
Gannawarra Shire is one of Victoria’s most diverse agricultural regions in the thriving Loddon Murray Region in the north of the state and comprises the towns of Cohuna, Koondrook, Kerang, Murrabit, Lalbert, Quambatook and Leitchville.