MIL team assembled to tackle drought impacts

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Murray Irrigation will temporarily assemble a dedicated team to tackle the impacts of the ongoing drought and look for ways to improve business operations and water delivery efficiency despite a low or zero allocation season.

Chief executive officer Phil Endley said the new Drought Response Team will start immediately, with team members taken off their routine daily duties to focus full-time on developing innovative solutions.

“We’re fully committed to improving the long-term viability of this region and will dedicate this team to investigate further opportunities to improve water availability and access to services and information for our customers,’’ Mr Endley said.

“The team will be drawn from existing employees across a range of skills, which may result in some disruption to normal activities.

‘‘We ask for our customers’ patience and trust, as we work to balance immediate operational requirements with delivering further efficiencies.’’

The team will be headed up by Murray Irrigation’s executive general manager water delivery, Scott Barlow, who has invested his career in the local irrigation industry.

Mr Barlow said the team had a clear objective to maximise the benefits of operating the network beyond the current operational drought mode.

‘‘We’ll be looking at every angle to develop access to further water products and information to support customers and keep them informed.