Water

Old farmers learning some new tech tricks

By Country News

A number of retired farmers have received a masterclass in drones, courtesy of Goulburn-Murray Water’s Survey Services team.

Drones are now routinely used by G-MW to save time and money when it comes to planning, construction and maintenance of the region’s irrigation assets.

The team explained the use of drones and put on an aerial display for a keen audience at Numurkah District Health Service on November 15, as part of a series of monthly meetings for elderly residents to keep them engaged and involved in the community.

The Numurkah Network’s rural group is comprised of farmers, most with a cropping or dairy background, who have retired to Numurkah or handed over the operations to their younger family.

The group later travelled to nearby netball courts to receive a demonstration from G-MW employees and CASA-accredited pilots, G-MW draughting officer Graeme Eadie and G-MW service manager Rohan Forster.

The drone snapped some selfies of the group while the practical applications of these new survey tools were shown with the flying demonstration.

‘‘These tools help us quickly, efficiently and accurately map channels and access otherwise inaccessible areas, check the structural integrity of our infrastructure and have a host of other uses,’’ survey services manager Glenn Collins said.

Mr Collins said he was pleased to show new technology to farmers who have lived through decades of their own forms of innovation in agriculture.