Wednesday 13th June 2018

07.00 – 08.30

Leaders Breakfast Forum - Invitation Only Event

Room: E5.2 – E5.3

07.30 – 17.00

Registration Open

Room: Parkside 2

09.00 – 17.00

Exhibition Open

Room: Parkside 2


Room: Parkside 2

09.00 – 09.10

Chair Welcome

Rachel Barratt Chief Executive Officer, Water Industry Alliance

09.10 – 09.30

Irrigation Australia Ltd Welcome

Bryan Ward Chief Executive Officer, Irrigation Australia Ltd

Andrew Ogden Chairman, Irrigation Australia Ltd

09.30 – 10.15

The Age of Food: Feeding the World in the Era of ‘Peak People'

Dr Julian Cribb Principal, Julian Cribb & Associates

10.15 – 10.45

The Role of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) in the Irrigation Industry

Felix Reinders President, International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID)

10.45 – 11.30

Morning Tea - Halls 5 and 6

11.30 – 12.00

The Energy Transformation: Lessons for the Irrigation Industry

Matthew Warren Chief Executive, Australian Energy Council

12.00 – 12.30

Modernising the Murray-Darling Basin

Andrew Reynolds Executive Director of River Management, Murray-Darling Basin Authority

12.30 – 13.00

Current Issues, Policies and Initiatives in Commonwealth Water Management

Paul Morris First Assistant Secretary, Water Division, Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Plenary Sponsor:

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch - Halls 5 and 6

AGRICULTURE - Site Specific Irrigation

Room: E5.2 – E5.3


Room: E5.10

ISSUES FOR AUSTRALIA - Murray Darling Basin Plan

Room: E5.7

Session Chair

Andrew Ogden

Session Chair

Geoff Harvey

Session Chair

Peter Durand

14.00 – 14.30

Autonomous Broad-acre Precision Control for Furrow and Centre Pivot Irrigation Systems

Dr Joseph Foley Irrigation and Water Management Theme Leader, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern QLD

Session Sponsor: 

New Irrigation Study – Central Gippsland


Mark Hore
NWIDF Project Manager, Southern Rural Water

Challenges for Australian Irrigation, In and Out of the Basin

Gavin McMahon
Chair, National Irrigators Council

14.30 – 15.00

Measurements of Evapotranspiration and Crop Co-coefficient using Eddy Covariance Method in a Cotton Field

Dr Joseph Foley Irrigation and Water Management Theme Leader, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern QLD

The New Economy of Rainwater Harvesting and Water Efficient Appliances


Professor Peter Coombes
By Invitation of the Irrigation Australia Rainwater Harvesting Committee

Farm Water Program - Irrigators Views of the View the Modernising of their Farms and Irrigation Systems

Carl Walters Manager Sustainable Irrigation,
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

15.00 – 15.30

Precise Furrow Irrigation through Automated Siphons

Dr Malcolm Gillies Senior Research Fellow (Hydraulics and Irrigation), National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland

Certification in the Irrigation Industry

Gennaro Vellotti Senior Designer,
Netafim Australia and Irrigation Australia Certification Board Chairman

Murray Irrigation - Modernising our System for the Future

Michael Renehan Chief Executive Officer,
Murray Irrigation Limited

15.30 – 16.00

Afternoon Tea – Halls 5 and 6

Agriculture - Site Specific Irrigation

E5.2 - E5.3

Future Planning - Sustainable Solutions


Issues for Australia - Murray Darling Basin Plan


Session Chair

Andrew Ogden

Session Chair

Geoff Harvey

Session Chair

Peter Durand

16.00 – 16.30

Automated Cloud-based Irrigation for Centre Pivot Irrigated Cotton and Dairy Pasture

Dr Alison McCarthy Research Fellow,
University of Southern Queensland

Rainwater Harvesting in Modern Australia

Michael Smit
Irrigation Australia Rainwater Harvesting Committee

Irrigation Efficiency Investment - What does the Future Hold?

Michael Cutting Principal Project Officer – Land and Water Management, Natural Resources,
SA Murray-Darling Basin

16.30 – 17.00

Modelling of Basin Surface Irrigation Systems in the Southern Murray-Darling Basin to Develop Design Guidelines

Sam North
Research Hydrologist,
NSW Department of Primary Industries

Uncharted Waters - Setting Water Quality Limits

Dr Lionel Hume Senior Policy Advisor,
Federated Farmers of New Zealand

Session Sponsor:

Irrigated Land and Water Use Changes in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District: Opportunities and Constraints of a Changing Operating Environment for Irrigated Agriculture in the Southern Basin

Rabi Maskey Senior Irrigation Extension Officer, Agriculture Victoria

17.00 – 17.30

Canopy Temperature: A plant-based Method for Irrigation Scheduling in Cotton

Dr Hizbullah Jamali Research Scientist,

The Case for Water Efficiency - Now and the Future

Chris Philpot CEO,
Smart Approved WaterMark

Infrastructure upgrades in North West NSW help sustain the Murray Darling Basin

Peter Verwey Project Officer STBIFM,
NSW Department of Primary Industries

15.00 – 18.00

The Watering Hole is open on a 'pay as you drink' basis

19.00 – 23.00

Gala Dinner - Dockside, Darling Harbour

Go to Conference Program Day 2

Go to Conference Program Day 3

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