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gippslandscapes podcast


An occasional podcast series from  the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority in Victoria, Australia.

The series aims to highlight some of the many people and groups working and volunteering their time to improve the environment in our area.

The podcast will also look at such things as regenerative agriculture, developments in farm practice including irrigation practice.

For more information or to contact the producers of the podcast please visit wgcma.vic.gov.au

Oct 2, 2019

The Macalister Irrigation District (MID) is the largest irrigation district in Southern Victoria, situated around Maffra in central Gippsland. The MID sources its water from the Macalister River, via Lake Glenmaggie, and from the Thomson River, via Cowwarr Weir.

The region has productive soils, a strong dairy sector, and developing vegetable and cropping industries. Approximately 33,500 ha is currently used for irrigation and of this, 90% is under pasture.

In this podcast, host Gerard Callinan speaks with two people with long histories in the area.

Graeme Anderson has been a dairy farmer all his life and proudly recalls the first irrigation water in his home district of Nambrok/Dennison being delivered to his father's property.

Gavan Lamb is an agronomist who worked in the MID for twenty years up to a few months ago. He reflects on the changes he has seen and the different approached farmers have adopted in recent years.

More information about grants and incentive schemes can be found at:

https://www.wgcma.vic.gov.au/our-region/projects/macalister-irrigation-district-mid-irrigation-efficiency-incentive-program