Rachel Bradshaw

Water Resource Officer, Goulburn-Murray Water

Rachel Bradshaw

Water Resource Officer, Goulburn-Murray Water

Rachel Bradshaw studied a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management and Ecology and is now a Water Resources Officer at Goulburn-Murray Water. She supports projects that improve surface and sub surface drainage in the Shepparton Irrigation Region

Rachel has worked with Goulburn-Murray Water for nine years including six years in Victorian Safe Drinking Water Act compliance and water quality. Rachel is a blue-green algae analyst. In 2016 Rachel stepped away from her technical role and took on a new challenge as an Executive Assistant for a year before returning to the Drainage Systems team as Water Resources Officer in 2017.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.7

When: Day 2 – Thursday, 14 June 2018, 16.30 – 17.00

Abstract Outline: The 2015 review of the Shepparton Irrigation Region (SIR) Drainage Strategy by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority prompted the renewed Surface Water Management program (SWMP). A key aspect of the SWMP is a new concept to manage surface drainage using a hybrid approach to connect fragmented natural drainage lines and incorporate environmental features within the catchment. Hybrid Surface Water Management Systems (SWMS) are being developed in the SIR to improve drainage and support agricultural productivity.

Collaboration between government agencies, landowners and communities is being facilitated through multiple communication methods. This approach will ensure stakeholders have the opportunity to contribute to a SWMS design that is tailored to the local area.

This presentation will detail the hybrid SWMS concept and the diverse engagement approach informing the design of hybrid SWMS that are effective surface drainage solutions for all stakeholders.

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