Water security is a key issue facing regional producers and landholders. In particular, for local graziers who rely on dam water for their livestock and dont have access to mains water. Water security has therefore become a ‘project priority’ for BIGG.
BIGG received separate project funding from the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board (Grassroots Grant, November 2020) and the Federal Government (Smart Farms Grant, May 2021) to investigate on-farm water security solutions for the region. A variety of activities will be conducted under the current Smart Farms grant, including water planning workshops, a riparian/biodiversity field day, feasibility studies of water security options and the development of best practice water security factsheets.
BIGG’s Water Catchment Workshop – September 2021
This workshop showcased how rainwater can be successfully harvested using an on-farm lined catchment. It featured representatives from the Coorong region, Tracey Stugnell and Mark Scobie (who have been at the forefront of this innovation), and local PIRSA soils expert Brian Hughes.
- The Coorong Water Security Story – Tracey Strugnell, Coorong and Tatiara District Councils and Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan
- Lined Catchment Construction – Mark Scobie, Orlunda Downs (Coorong Farmer)
- Lined Catchment Learnings – Tracey Strugnell & Mark Scobie
- Innovative Water Harvest and Storage Solutions – Brian Hughes, PIRSA
- BIGG Water Catchment Case Study: Dale Button – August 2021
- Regional Water Security: BIGG Survey Report – May 2021