Response team formed to tackle drought

By Country News

Murray Irrigation has made the initiative to combat drought by forming a temporary Drought Response Team, which will aim to tackle the impact of ongoing drought as well as improve business operations and water delivery efficiency.

The team will be effective immediately according to chief executive officer Phil Endley, with team members fully focused on developing innovative solutions.

"We’re fully committed to improving the long-term viability of this region and will dedicate this team to investigate further opportunities to improve water availability and access to services and information for our customers," Mr Endley said.

"The team will be drawn from existing employees across a range of skills, which may result in some disruption to normal activities.

"We ask for our customers' patience and trust, as we work to balance immediate operational requirements with delivering further efficiencies."

The team will be led by Murray Irrigation’s executive general manager water delivery, Scott Barlow, who has a clear objective to maximise the benefits of operating the network beyond the current operational drought mode.

"This might include looking at ways we can work closer with other agencies to improve access to assistance, suspending some programmed activities, looking for better ways to engage and communicate with shareholders and operating the channel system even more stringently than current drought operations, to provide a resource distribution," Mr Barlow said.

"The latest allocation announcement coupled with persisting dry conditions means we need to act and think outside the square to find better ways to support our customers.

"In the meantime, we’ll continue to work with politicians and ministers to lobby and advocate for improvements to the reliability and certainty of water within our footprint."