Water supply security workshops

By Country News

Improving the security of farms’ stock and domestic water supply will be the focus of a series of free workshops held in Goorambat, Seymour and Mansfield.

Agriculture Victoria land management officer Greg Bekker said the persistent dry conditions created challenges for producers in providing reliable water supplies for their livestock.

‘‘Reliable water quality and quantity is essential to running a livestock business and ensuring stock welfare, farm productivity and business profitability,’’ Mr Bekker said.

‘‘These workshops are specifically designed for producers to assess their current farm water supply situation and explore options to improve stock and domestic water security into the future.

‘‘Topics covered at these workshops include farm water security, cleaning and upgrading dams, getting the most out of your tanks and reticulation systems, bores, desalination, increasing water yields and Goulburn-Murray Water rules and regulations.’’

Agriculture Victoria and Rural Financial Counselling Service (Goorambat and Seymour) staff will be on hand to discuss dry seasonal conditions support available to farming families.

The Goorambat event will be held on Monday, April 29 at the Goorambat Hotel, 59 Halls Rd, Goorambat from 10am to 1pm.

The Seymour event will be held on Monday, May 6 at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, 15 Hume and Hovell Rd, from 10am to 1pm.

The Mansfield event will be held on Monday, May 20 at Mansfield Adult Continuing Education, 145-147 High St, from 10am to 1pm.

Lunch will be provided following the workshops.

■To attend the free workshop register online at: securingfarmwatersupply.eventbrite.com.au

■For more information, or if you are unable to register online, phone Greg Bekker at Agriculture Victoria on 0417 340 236 or email: greg.bekker@ecodev.vic.gov.au