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Improved water security for Coorong farmers

Friday 22 February 2019

Livestock water security in the Coorong will be the focus of a State Government grant aimed at technology and infrastructure to make more efficient use of water.


Coorong District Council is being offered a $370,000 grant from the State Government's Regional Growth Fund to install four lined catchments and one weather station at Salt Creek and Woods Well.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the project would help the region better secure its water resources to grow the local economy.

"This project has the ability to improve the viability of livestock production that currently depends on expensive mains water, reduce spray drift and contamination to valued agriculture produce, and improve fire weather information," said Minister Whetstone.

"It's a smart investment for the region to ensure livestock water security."

Coorong District Council will work with the NRM Weather Network to install the new Coorong weather station.

"The new Coorong weather station will be available to monitor local rainfall, local fire weather conditions and weather forecasts for farmers and tourists," said Minister Whetstone.

The project builds on the council's 2017 Coorong Water Transportation Scheme Feasibility Project, and the Coorong Water Security Innovations Applied project.

Development of lined catchments in the Coorong landscape will provide an opportunity for local livestock producers to gain confidence in water harvesting as an option to ensure future water security in their farm businesses.

Member for MacKillop Nick McBride said the grant will improve water security for the Coorong region.

"The funding of this project will support these livestock producers to improve their water security," said Mr McBride.

"The information sharing that will come from the project will provide a valuable opportunity for others facing water security issues to look at an innovative solution to address the issue before them."

Coorong District Council Chief Executive Officer Vincent Cammell was grateful for the support from the Regional Development Fund.

"We thank the State Government for their support towards this important project for our region," said Mr Cammell.

"The Council is keen to promote uptake of water security technologies to livestock producers as their adoption will reduce the cost of doing business, keep livestock production income reinvested in our area and promote the expansion of the livestock industry in South Australia."

The $150 million Regional Growth Fund has been established to unlock new economic activity in our regions, to deliver critical economic infrastructure that creates direct benefit across regional industries, and to strengthen regional communities.

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