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On of the earliest pieces of irrigation infrastructure in Australia is the Goulburn weir. It was originally constructed between 1887 and 1891, with stabilisation works performed in 1983 and 1987. This creates Lake Nagambie, right next to the town of Nagambie.
Goulburn Weir is a concrete dam with a stepped spillway made from granite blocks. The weir had one of the earliest hydroelectric schemes in the Southern Hemisphere and powered the gates and nearby lights. It can hold back up to 25 500 ML of water in Lake Nagambie.
There are numerous irrigation canals in Victoria and the large canals in the Goulburn valley are fed by the weir. The weir is necessary to raise the height of the Goulburn valley to reach these canals. In addition to its use in farming, Lake Nagambie is popular for recreation.
The Goulburn Valley is a popular region for growing fruit. SPC Ardmona in Shepparton is one of the world’s largest fruit canning facility. In addition to the Nagambie Lakes, the largest reservoir in the Goulburn Valley is Lake Eildon. Over half of the irrigation water supplied to the valley comes from Lake Eildon.
An important part of irrigation is keeping an eye on the water market. You will find the current price of temp water here: https://www.wbw.net.au/temporary-allocation-water-price-aggregator/
Strathbogie Ranges are mountains located in Victoria, only a 90 minute drive away from Melbourne.
It is comprised of a series of ridges and streams. The Strathbogie Ranges are part of the Great Dividing Range, but the main part of the Great Divide is to the south of Strathbogie Ranges.
The ranges themselves feature stunning granite outcrops created by their volcanic origins. One of the main attractions in the region is the wineries. This wine region is one of the newest in Australia, starting in the 1970s. Wines produced here are known for their premium quality, grown in the ancient soils and mid elevations of the ranges.