Mowanjum centre pivot being installed
Released 06 Jul 2015
The centre pivot irrigator being installed on Mowanjum pastoral Station.
Stakeholders and community members pictured at the signing of the irrigation trial funding agreement.
Irrigated agriculture on the Mowanjum Pastoral Station in the West Kimberley is moving closer to reality with the completion of drilling and the installation of the centre pivot irrigator.
The Mowanjum irrigation trial will access underutilised groundwater sources to provide stand and graze feed for cattle, allowing for year round fattening prior to export.
The Department of Water's Strategic Project Manager West Kimberley Rob Cossart said extensive work has taken place since the signing of a funding agreement between the State Government and Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation in November last year.
"We have completed the drilling of the production and monitoring bores, carried out pump testing and the irrigator is currently being installed." Rob said.
"The land in the 38 hectare trial area has been cleared, with road construction and kangaroo proof fencing also completed by local companies using local indigenous employees.
"This project is well underway and there is a real sense of excitement in the region as this project progresses.
Chief Executive Officer of the Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation, Steve Austin, said along with providing the ability to fatten cattle quickly for export markets, the Water for Food trial irrigation project will open up employment and training opportunities that have not previously been available.
"The real winner will be the local employment market," Steve said.
"Mowanjum will be targeting youth and school leavers in the Mowanjum, Derby and surrounding communities, to engage in training with a view to progressing into full time employment."
Find out more about the Mowanjum irrigation trial.
Contact: Darren O'Malley
Phone: (08) 6364 7109 / 0438 025 942