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Farmers in central Victoria connecting to rural pipelines and wanting to better understand water requirements and basic hydraulic principles can register to attend the Agriculture Victoria water planning workshops.

The workshops are designed to provide advice and strategies to farmers setting up for dry seasonal conditions.

Agriculture Victoria land management extension officer Martin Hamilton said increasingly farmers were striving to proof their farms against all weather scenarios, especially dry conditions.

‘‘Water movement around the farm, hydraulic principles, reticulation design and choosing the correct pipe size are important considerations when developing a farm water plan,’’ Mr Hamilton said.

Other topics will include water supply peak demand in stock containment areas, environmental considerations and the benefits to pasture management when reticulating the farm.

‘‘Above all, the workshops aim to provide support for farmers when developing their farm water plan and understanding the important principles when designing their system,’’ he said.

‘‘Those attending will also hear about the learnings of a farmer from the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline area,’’ Mr Hamilton said.

A Goulburn-Murray Water representative will also be present to discuss the South West Loddon Pipeline Project.

A small aerial map of your property will be provided for planning activities — register and provide your details so that a map can be supplied.

Two workshops are scheduled: for September 18 at Wedderburn Golf Club; and September 20 in the St Arnaud Town Hall. Registration is from 9.15am for a prompt 9.30am start, finishing at 3.30 pm.

■Register with Sarah Tottenham on 5381 9610 or 0409 345 558 or email: sarah.tottenham@gwmwater.org.au

■For more information, email Martin Hamilton at martin.hamilton@ecodev.vic.gov.au or phone 5430 4802 or 0429 946 149.