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.
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