western sydney university - tuesday 12 june
Depart ICC – 09:00
National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre Western Sydney University Richmond (10:00-11:00)
Led by Zhonghua Chen
To nurture the next generation of horticulture growers and meet rising food demand, Western Sydney University and Horticulture Innovation Australia have combined forces to launch the state-of-the-art vegetable glasshouse-production research centre. It comprises a $7M new glasshouse and other related facilities and laboratories that will house various industry-driven research and development projects and university degree and training courses at Hawkesbury Campus.
This project uses state of the art water harvesting and disinfection techniques in a fully closed system.
Western Sydney University Water Recycling Project & Centre Pivot Project (11:15 – 14:00 – includes lunch on the University Campus)
Led by Roger Attwater
The Hawkesbury Water Recycling Scheme supports the irrigation strategy on Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury campus, as a demonstration of best practice peri-urban management. Reclaimed water and stormwater are captured, treated and transferred for use associated with the farm enterprise, landscape amenity, teaching and research, a range of water users on-site and adjacent to the campus, and risk management for critical research infrastructure. Within this scheme, collaboration with NSW Local Land Services has focused on the effective use of centre-pivot irrigation as part of the farm’s agro-ecology, and as a platform for teaching initiatives associated with precision agriculture in this peri-urban context. This field tour will address these initiatives, and the broader context of risk management and resilience in this peri-urban landscape and water cycle.
Local Land Services Greater Sydney Demo Farm (14.00 – 15.00)
Led by Matthew Plunkett
Local Land Services Greater Sydney manage a practical demonstration farm showcasing innovations in irrigation, horticulture and mixed farming. Participants will look at a fully automated solid set irrigation system and a range of soil moisture monitoring technologies.
Return to ICC by 16.00
Visitors should bring clothing appropriate to protect against weather including sunscreen, hat and raincoat or rain jacket (as required).
Please note that all study tours include lunch.
You can select & register for a study tour when you complete your registration.