Building a resilient Goulburn Murray Irrigation District11/06/2019
A new Government-funded initiative exploring opportunities to develop a more resilient and adaptive Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID) is kicking off.
The Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID) Masterplan project will engage with regional stakeholders - including irrigators, food producers and processors, and industry – over the coming months to examine the impacts of various current and future challenges for the region, such as the reduced availability of irrigation water and climate change.
The project – which has been championed by the Goulburn Regional Partnership and has received $500,000 from the Victorian Government for development and implementation – will then explore opportunities for development and investment that builds on the area’s strengths and competitive advantages.
Environmental and agricultural consultancy RM Consulting Group will undertake the work with the Partnership, with the Masterplan expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
“It is very pleasing to see this regionally important project commence,” explains Regional Partnership Chair David McKenzie. “I look forward to seeing the opportunities this project will present. It is a key priority for the Partnership in ensuring that the Goulburn is home to a diverse and thriving economy now and in the future.”
GMID covers the northern part of the Goulburn Regional Partnership area, as well as parts of Ovens Murray and Loddon Campaspe.
The Goulburn Regional Partnership – one of nine across the state – was set up by the Victorian Government in 2016 recognising that local communities and stakeholders are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.