Wheel a highlight of feature

November 01, 2017

Tatura Irrigation Museum volunteer Brian Williams and GMW corporate facilities manager Robert Osborne.

Two new water features showcasing industry advances in irrigation technology have been installed outside Goulburn-Murray Water’s head office.

According to a G-MW spokesperson, the rocky water feature, which runs the length of the building façade at 40 Casey St, has been updated with two new items — a dethridge wheel and a flume gate.

Tatura Irrigation Museum volunteer Brian Williams said dethridge wheels had been the main form of irrigation during his working life.

‘‘I was 60 before I started dairying and we had beef and sheep before that,’’ Mr Williams said.

‘‘We had five outlets on our 126ha farm, and then about four years ago we changed over (to flume gates).

‘‘I was fairly sceptical at first. Farmers tend to want to have control and this change was taking that away.

‘‘But my fears soon dissipated. On the whole I thought it was great — it saved time and it meant I didn’t have to get up in the middle of the night.’’

G-MW’s corporate facilities manager Robert Osborne said the wheels had been a staple of G-MW irrigation for decades.

‘‘They are now being phased out to make way for more efficient means of delivering water,’’ Mr Osborne said.

G-MW managing director Pat Lennon said he hoped the new features would clearly show how far irrigation advancements had come.

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