Campaspe News

Irrigation upgrades help Gunbower farmer
2012/06/02 | Sophie Bruns

The On Farm Efficiency Program has provided Matt and Vicki McGillivray with a modernised irrigation system on their 141ha Gunbower dairy farm. Through the program they have installed a 2.7km black brute looped pipeline which now irrigates the majority of their farm. They were also fortunate to laser 55 ha. “This program has really given us an opportunity to get work done we would never have been able to afford,” Matt said. “The new system is easy to use and I can now water efficiently, I no longer have to worry about fixing holes or blow outs in irrigation channels.” Another benefit of the modernised system is the ability to reduce labor and cut costs. Spraying channels with costly chemicals is a job of the past and water can be directed onto any paddock that Matt wants to water, no matter where it is located on the farm. “All I have to do now is work out which paddocks I want to water, hit a button and the water is there. I used to run the pump for two days just to get the channel filled from a kilometre away, now it’s just instant.” The pipeline was looped to allow the pump to run more efficiently and it also enabled the pipe size to be reduced which helped save a few dollars. The lasering has turned the property from lots of little paddocks with laneways running every where to one easy to manage block. All in all the family couldn’t be more pleased with the results. The new system has been in place for just over 12 months and Matt is expecting his water savings to be somewhere in the vicinity of 20 per cent. He is currently in the process of modernising another irrigation block not far from the home farm. “The DPI, CMA and NVIRP were all really good to work with and we couldn’t fault the process at all. We were all learning as we wnet and I wouild recommend this process to any other farmers thinking about applying for this project.”

Echuca's Southern 80 brings in the dollars.
2012/05/01 | Sophie Bruns

Echuca’s Club Marine Southern 80 ski race is known as the toughest water ski race in the world. The gruelling event attracts the best of Australian and overseas water ski racers and this year was  certainly no exception. Racers vie for the prestigious superclass title as they traverse 80kms of the Murray Rivers twisting and turning course. Over 50,000 people attend the event each year, making it one of the biggest outings on the Shire of Campaspe calendar. It is estimated this year the event contributed over $24.8 million to the towns economy. Pubs, resturants, motels and hotels are overflowing with visitors and the streets are jammed with people checking out all the attraction Echuca has to offer.  Strategy portfolio holder councillor Judith O’Farrell said the event is a wonderful spectacle with magnificent speed boats and precision skiers. “The diverse range of entertainment on offer is also a major drawcard for the 50,000 strong crowd who attend this event,” Cr O’Farrell said. “In addition to the race the three day event includes breakfast with the stars, a launch night at Victoria Park, Total Tools static display in Hare Street, Beechworth Bakery Bakers Blitz and the presidents invitational to 40.” A survey conducted by the shire gathered data on the demographics including age, gender and postcard of visitors as well as accommodation details and money spent. Of those surveyed 71 per cent came from outside of the Campaspe and Murray Shire’s, 52 per cent ate out, 41 per cent went shopping and the average stay was 2.9 nights. Non locals spent on average $653.90 per person while locals spent $113.39. “This information helps us to create a profile of how the event has contributed to the local economy and also helps community d\groups in the development of their event and marketing plans, providing guidance on what works and what doesn’t work.” Family groups are the most popular travelling group to attend and over a quarter of those surveyed this year were new patrons and 83.5 per cent of them said they would return again next year.  

Heinz Echuca improves manufacturing efficiencies
2011/03/31 | Sophie Bruns

Reducing energy use and improving efficienciesto create a sustainable company is one of the major goals for Heinz Echuca.

Flood damaged roads receive funding
2011/04/04 | Sophie Bruns

Government funding will help get shire roads up and running after January's flood event.

Rain benefits fish
2010/11/23 | Sophie Bruns

Flooding in the Goulburn River has created the right conditions for a significant breeding event in the local population of golden perch, for the first time in 8 years.

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