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Record number of exhibitors for Irrigation Australia 2008

The biennial Irrigation Australia Exhibition has attracted a record number of exhibitors for the show in Melbourne, from 20–22 May.

“We have every available stand now taken for the exhibition in the Melbourne Exhibition Centre guaranteeing that visitors will see the very best available in irrigation technology, products and services,” says Event Manager Robby Clark.

““With the efficient use of water being most of the most critical issues for Australia’s farmers and growers to consider, we also expect that attendances at the exhibition will be our highest ever. Melbourne is centrally placed for Victorian, SA and NSW irrigators to attend and we are expecting a large number of overseas visitors as well.”

At least 105 exhibitors will be displaying the latest technologies, improved products and specialist services which can help farmers in upgrading their irrigation infrastructure towards world’s best practice.

“We’re delighted that the exhibition has attracted a record number of exhibitors and know that there will be real value in seeing what is on offer to improve irrigation systems on farm or in the urban environment,” said CEO of Irrigation Australia Ltd, Mr Jolyon Burnett.

The Exhibition is being held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. The Conference running in parallel offers food for thought from some industry leaders and as well as practical advice for irrigators, both rural and urban.

Registration for the free exhibition can be done on line at www.irrigationaustralia.com.au as well as conference registration or individual workshops. The seven half-day workshops offer hands-on learning about key topics for rural and urban irrigators.

The major sponsors of Irrigation Australia 2008 are Horticulture Australia Ltd, the Federal Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment supported by gold sponsors City West Water, Goulburn-Murray Water, Murray-Darling Basin Commission, Netafim Australia, the National Program for Sustainable Irrigation; Toro Australia; Water Dynamics; and Zero Waste.

The conference is to be opened by the Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator the Hon. Penny Wong who will also deliver the first keynote address. Other notable speakers include Dr Tom Hatton, Director of the CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country Research Flagship, Dr David Zoldoske, Director for the Centre of Irrigation Technology at California State University, and Mr Brad Page, CEO of Energy Supply Association of Australia.

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