Tech-savvy growers to share success stories at Burdekin Water Forum

Cane growers will share their stories of using cutting edge technology to improve their irrigation management and reduce costs, as part of an interactive session planned for next month’s Burdekin Water Forum 2017.

The forum, coordinated by Burdekin Water Futures, will bring farmers, scientists and government representatives from around Australia to the Burdekin Theatre this October 9 -11.

AgriTech Solutions managing director Steve Attard has been confirmed as a guest speaker at the event and will encourage farmers to embrace new irrigation technologies which some local growers are already using with great success.

“We’ll have a panel of farmers speaking to the audience about their experiences of using new technology to improve irrigation management on their own farms,” Mr Attard said.

“It’s about highlighting that this does work in our region. We’ve got real life experience of farmers in the district who are already doing it and having success.

“Through the automation of irrigation, farmers can remotely connect to pumps and valves to deliver savings in water, energy and time – all of which improve the economics of farming. This is not in the future – it is something we can do right now.”

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor and Burdekin Water Futures Chair Lyn McLaughlin said the forum aimed to provide an insight into best practice management of irrigated agriculture in Great Barrier Reef catchments.

“The management of irrigated agriculture in Great Barrier Reef catchments comes with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities,” Cr McLaughlin

“This conference will showcase initiatives that have been developed in various communities and environments across the country.”

Delegates will hear from a range of local, state, national and international speakers including one of South Africa’s leading water experts in integrated water resources management, Professor Dr. Anthony Turton.

Register for the forum online at www.burdekinwaterforum.com. For further enquiries please contact Burdekin Water Futures on (07) 4783 9831 or

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