Irrigation Australia announce keynote speakers

logo-colourAustralasia’s leading irrigation event will take place between 24-26 May 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference and exhibition is expected to attract 4,000+ trade visitors and 300+ conference delegates who will gather to get a glimpse of the future of irrigation. This event is for professionals from the entire irrigation value chain across both rural and urban industries.

Over the course of the conference there will be technical papers, distinguished keynotes, speakers, social events and seminars. With the theme, Irrigation – for prosperity and wellbeing,  this is the only conference in Australia solely dedicated to advancing and promoting the entire irrigation value chain, presenting issues relating to, or impacting on, irrigation in Australia and across the world. Featuring separate streams covering irrigation in agriculture, horticultural and open space, the conference is presented by international and Australian industry leaders and authorities.  

The now sold out exhibition is the largest display of irrigation products, technologies and solutions for all irrigation professionals and associated industries with 130+ exhibitors showcasing over 250+ new products and 450+ brands. If you are looking to source new irrigation solutions, experience new technology and challenge your current way of thinking, then register free for this all encompassing exhibition.

Graeme Hawke

Graeme Hawke

Keynote speakers for the event are Graeme Hawke, Division Head, Environment and Research Division,Bureau Of Meteorology (BoM), who will talk about the unprecedented investment in innovative irrigation technology, enabling leading irrigation companies to cut water losses, improve water security and transform expectations of customer service. The ‘investment boom’ has extended to the urban water sector, with new desalination plants and water grids. Prices rose, and cost reduction initiatives followed. Consistent, national water information products from the BoM provide new insights. As we approach the 10 year mark from the Howard 10-point plan, it is timely to reflect on the achievements and the challenges ahead, given a changing and variable climate.

Andrew Curtis

Andrew Curtis

Andrew Curtis, Chief Executive Officer, Irrigation New Zealand, will focus on Irrigation and the Environment; Mutually Exclusive Bedfellows or a Marriage Made in Heaven? New Zealand has perhaps one of the largest untapped irrigation development opportunities in the developed world. However, two decades of land use change has seen water quality in some intensively farmed lowland areas decline. Questions are being asked as to whether future increased irrigation development is sustainable?

Richard Stirzaker, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture, will talk on Soil Water Monitoring: What are we getting wrong?

Richard Stirzaker

Richard Stirzaker

Australia has been at the forefront of developing and using soil water monitoring equipment. The agricultural census data suggests that the current tools and data delivery systems might not be the complete solution scientists once thought. He believes new approaches are needed, where the experiential knowledge of irrigators is combined with monitoring of water and solutes to underpin a learning system for continual improvement. This talk will introduce some new ways of tracking soil water and solutes in irrigated agriculture.

Conference early bird rates end 1 April 2016 and registration to the trade exhibition is free. For more information and to register, visit: http://irrigationaustralia.com.au/  Ω

Posted 13 March 2016


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