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Rob Rendell - Principal
B.Eng. (Agric), CPAg
Rob has more than 35 years experience in irrigation, groundwater drainage, salinity management, project management, extension, reclaimed water re-use, practical irrigation farming and farm management, agricultural industry benchmarking and sustainability indicators. He is recognised as a leader in the water sector.
He has been an innovator in many areas starting with irrigated sunflower production on his family farm in the 70's and then being involved in the development of laser grading in the late 70's. In the 80's Rob was a key part of the salinity management planning process which led to todays catchment planning.
Rob developed much of the agricultural industry benchmarking systems in dryland, tomatoes, rice, dairy etc that evolved in the 90's. Along with this Rob was part of the FM500 farm management discussion group.
Rob has led the development of policy guidelines and practical approaches to the use of land based systems for the application of reclaimed water. These projects have covered every type of irrigation system and every type of irrigated agriculture. The projects have included over 30 sites throughout Victoria and recently New Zealand.
More recently, Rob has been part of developing processes for managing over-allocated groundwater resources.
Rob’s largest project ($2 billion) has been the Northern Victorian Food Bowl project, where he played a role as the “architect” of the scheme.