of water to our communities, industries and the economy.
The Murrumbidgee region owes its social and economic success today to the irrigation industry that was established in the early 1900s. Relying on the major river system where it got its name, the region has grown and thrived as a result of the vast water supply and rich fertile soils of the Murrumbidgee River that extends 1609km, starting in the Snowy Mountains and emptying into the Murray River.
As far back as the early 1800s, European graziers set up pastoral runs in the Murrumbidgee area to farm cattle, then sheep and later grain crops. From the mid 1800s, steamboats supported trade in timber, wool and other goods. Once the Murrumbidgee irrigation area was established in 1912, horticulture crops were produced and dams were built. Rice production then began in the 1920s. With the growth in irrigation, new towns sprang up and new businesses settled in the region to support the growing irrigation industry.
Over the years, innovations in irrigation and clever water management systems by Murrumbidgee irrigators and water managers have set the region up for best success to manage the river in a sustainable way and for a future with less water.
Fast 5 with Tony Reneker, Leeton Shire Council’s Mayor Councillor
Fast Five with Jackie Kruger, Leeton Shire Council’s General Manager
Fast Five with Sarah Braude, Sustainability Manager, Casella Family Brands
Fast Five with Iris Herrmann, rice grower and Honorary Councillor of the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA)
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