Reuse water:
We have a 50 year contract with Lower Murray Water for the exclusive supply of all the reuse water out of the Sunraysia district. The reuse water supply has been guaranteed. Even if there is no allocation of water in the irrigation districts we will still receive a minimum of 3000 MG/l. This is to be delivered to our boundary under pressure. Within our system, we will be able to control the nutrition value of the water which will lead to savings of up to $300,000 dollars on fertiliser costs.
Research is being undertaken at the present to build the needed infrastructure to value add this water in an aquaculture or biofuel project. Possible projects that we have undertaken research in include Low value pet food, fish meal or algae growth.

Irrigation Infrastructure:
Water is currently supplied to the property from the LMW Red Cliffs Irrigation District system via a dual pipeline running approximately 7.5km to the east and is delivered to adjacent interconnected earthen dams with a capacity of 130ML and 100ML respectively, with a third smaller dam of 15ML available if required. The water is then pumped by high pressure pumping plant from number 2 dam. This plant comprises 2 x 75kW electric motors, each direct coupled to Thompsons Kelly & Lewis Hydro Titan HTP3517C pumps and is mounted on a hot dipped steel floating pod which is anchored to the dam bank.

Electrical switch gear is located in a small closed shed on the dam bank above the pumps and includes one variable frequency drive and one soft starter. Fertigation equipment included in the irrigation system comprises the following, with fertiliser injection automatically controlled by the PLC:

• 9,000 litre fibreglass mixing/holding tank with mechanical agitation
• 75mm fertiliser loading auger
• Lowara vertical shaft 1.1kW 25mm injector pump
• 2 Acromet dose meters.

Water is delivered throughout the irrigated area by 375mm PVC mains with sub mains and automatically operated hydraulic valves operated by an Allen Bradley computerised PLC housed in the staff amenities building.

Low level sprays irrigate the vines and avocados. Adjacent to the vineyard is an area of approx. 20ha which is irrigated by fixed overhead sprays and currently planted to pumpkins. A further area of approximately 3.65ha(9 acres) in front of the dwelling is planted to olives and is irrigated by overhead sprays while to the west of the olives a 2.45ha(6.05 acres) paddock irrigated by overhead sprays is used to grow lucerne hay. This system is separately supplied by a Brooke 18.5kW electric motor and pressure pump, which is located in a small pump shed on the bank between dams 1 & 2.

The next stage of the irrigation infrastructure development was to build 4 new dams of approximately 50 megalitres each in size to handle the treated water from Lower Murray Water’s Koorlong treatment plant. All these dams are interconnected with 2 160hp diesel Cummings motors and Titan pumps. These pumps are connected to 2 x 375mm mains pipelines connecting all the almond plantings and also the pivot areas to this system. The system was over engineered to allow for further expansion of irrigation areas. The system allows either river water or reuse water to be pumped to any part of the irrigation area without compromising any contamination quality controls of the water.

As there is no requirement for agricultural drainage at this stage it has not been installed, but if/when it is required it will be discharged back into the irrigation dams and mixed with fresh irrigation water for reuse.

Irrigation Service Buildings
Comprise the farm management office, a staff amenities building, a store shed and a group of 3 large structures which include a general storage shed, an abutting fish operations shed and processing and equipment shelter.

The air conditioned office is a timber frame fibro cement sheet clad building with low pitched corrugated galvanised iron sheet roof, timber floor, plasterboard lined walls and ceilings and powder coated aluminium frame windows. It contains a general office area, kitchen, lobby, 2 offices and bathroom.

The workshop is a steel frame colour bond steel deck clad and roofed 5 bay lock building with 2 concrete floor bays and 3 earth floor bays of 113.1m2. It has 4 plus 1 PA steel frame colourbond steel deck clad sliding vehicle access doors, a steel frame steel deck internal lock up chemical room occupying half of one bay and has single phase power connected.

The workers amenities building is a concrete masonry block structure with a pitched colourbond corrugated iron roof, concrete floor, plasterboard ceilings and powder coated aluminium frame windows.

It contains a staff lunchroom, toilet and shower room and is also air-conditioned. A 2,000 litre poly rainwater tank is located at its southern end.
The general storage shed is a universal beam steel portal frame 5 bay structure with 5 bay lock up steel deck clad walls, pitched steel deck sheeted roof with a clearance of 6.1m, concrete floor and is 600m2. It is fitted with fibreglass skylights, 8 mercury vapour industrial lights, industrial type Smallaire high volume industrial evaporative cooler and mezzanine box storage floor of 74.3m2 with access via steel stairs. It also contains a timber framed colourbond steel deck clad office with aluminium frame windows, plasterboard internal linings, and refrigerated air conditioner and separate kitchen area and shed toilet.

The coolroom shed is similar in construction to the general storage shed but has a lower roof section, skirt walls only to the coolroom section, is open to the west and is 464.4m2. The coolroom has 0.5mm colourbond panel rib and polystyrene 150mm panel.

The process and equipment shelter building is a 4 bay shed identical in construction to the coolroom shed but has no wall cladding and has a concrete floor graded to a large grated pit drain. Under the shelter is a colourbond panel rib and polystyrene 100mm panel fish killroom with a fork lift access door in its north wall. It is divided into 2 rooms and has a bank of Bohn 5 fan evaporators and an integrated 2 fan compressor/condensing set unit externally to its west wall.

3-Phase power is provided to the entire packing shed complex by a Petbow Cummins 125kVA generator set. Refrigeration plant for the coolroom comprises a DWM Copeland Model D6DH4-350X3 cylinder sealed unit compressor and a Bohn 6 fan remote condensing unit. The generator and refrigeration plant are housed under a steel deck skillion roofed shelter with a concrete floor abutting the west wall of the coolroom. A 22,500 litre poly rainwater tank stands next to the coolroom.

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Thurla Farms Irrigation
Water supply management for all thurla farms production
Thurla Farms
R.M.B 150 Red Cliffs,
Victoria, 3496, Australia.
Ph: +61 (0)3 50241203
Fax: +61 (0)3 50242285


Irrigation Area:
Thurla Farms have 713 hectares (1761 acres)of established irrigation with room for expansion.
Thurla Farms water supply is highly regarded and unique in the dual supply of irrigation water.

Thurla farms own a water licence to pump 1335 Mg/L of river water through the Sunraysia irrigation infrastructure. We also have a 6600 Mg/L water agreement and licence for the LMW reuse water.
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Stage 2 irrigation expansion that is to occur in the coming year will expand current irrigated wheat to 745 ha(1840 acres) and reduce dry land cereal production by the same amount.

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