RMCG contributed to a recent Southern Rural Water study exploring opportunities to expand irrigated agriculture in the Latrobe, Thomson, Macalister and Avon catchments in Central Gippsland.The study aimed to identify potential projects that would create regional growth and boost future employment.
RMCG completed two components of the assessment, including:
- Assessment of surface water and groundwater resources and comparison to land capability (including soils, topography, climate) to identify potential expansion opportunities. This component was supported by Jacobs. It identified four priority focus areas for more detailed assessment.
- A demand assessment through consultation with landholders in the priority focus areas. We surveyed over 60 landholders, plus 20 industry representatives, via multiple methods to provide guidance on scale and location of demand for concept design work, and willingness to pay for the economic analysis.
Further information is available on the SRW website.