Tony Quigley

Director, Trangie-Nevertire Co-operative Ltd

Tony Quigley

Director, Trangie-Nevertire Co-operative Ltd

Tony and his family grow irrigated cotton, dryland and irrigated wheat, canola and chickpeas as well as breed first cross lambs and feeder steers on six properties in the Trangie and Nevertire districts of central NSW.

He has been a director of the Trangie-Nevertire Irrigation Co-Operative Ltd and Irrigation Scheme for over 20 years, and was closely involved with its recent successful $119m PIIOP- funded Modernisation Project, as well as their own NSW STB Irrigation Farm Modernisation on–farm works.

Tony is a member of NSW Farmers President’s Water Task Force, the WaterNSW Macquarie Cudgegong Customer Advisory Group, Macquarie River Food and Fibre executive committee, and is a director of Cotton Seed Distributors Ltd.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.2 – E5.3

When: Thursday, 14 June 2018,  15.30 – 16.00

Abstract Outline: Trangie Nevertire Co-operative Ltd is a privately owned irrigation scheme that pumps out of the Macquarie River in central west NSW, that had reached is use-by date in the middle of the Millennium Drought. It applied under Round 1of the Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program (PIIOP) for modernisation funding, and was granted $115m in May 2010 in return for 29 889 ML of water savings transferred from its members. The modernisation project had five major elements:

1. Reduction in the channel system from 240 km down to 138km and retiring 17 members
permanently from irrigation.

2. Decommissioning of the irrigation infrastructure on those retiring member’s farms back to a
dryland enterprise including the provision of piped stock and domestic water reticulation.

3. Installing a 230km Stock and Domestic pipeline from the river to all continuing and retiring
member’s farms.

4. Rebuilding the remaining 138 kms of the channel system, lining 108 kms with Firestone
EPDM rubber membrane and installing a complete Rubicon water control and measurement
system, all enclosed within electric exclusion fencing.

5. Modernising the continuing member’s on-farm irrigation infrastructure, with 24 linear move
or centre pivot irrigators installed, as well as upgraded field layouts, water reuse and storage
upgrades and stock and domestic water reticulation.

The project works commenced in March 2012 and were completed within budget in October 2014,
and the results to date have more than exceeded member’s expectations.

 

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