HISTORY OF COLEAMBALLY
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Coleambally Town Hall Opening 1968
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The Snowy-Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme is one of the engineering wonders of the world. Construction commenced in 1949 and was not completed until 1974. The original purpose of the scheme was to support an expansion of Irrigated agriculture by diverting water from East of the Great Dividing Range westward through the Snowy Mountains to the Murray and Murrumbidgee river systems. Subsequently, an additional purpose was identified - the generation of hydro electricity.
The Coleambally township was officially opened in 1968 to serve as the administrative, commercial and social centre of the Coleambally Irrigation Area. This makes Coleambally the newest town in NSW. Coleambally is centrally located to transport food to many of the major cities which minimises the "food miles" travelled in order to feed our growing nation. All the streets in the township area are named after birds and cereal grains.
Sustainable Irrigation allows this area to grow a very diverse range of food and fibre crops, including Wheat, Soybeans, Corn, Rice, Barley, Oats, Canola, Olives, Poultry, Eggs, Fruit and Veggies, Sheep, Cattle, and more recently, Cotton. Farmers use world-class conservation farming techniques to ensure long term viability of the land and water.
Stringent controls over food safety ensure that all foods grown in Australia meet the highest food safety standards.Your support for Australian farmers ensures food security and the availability of high quality food to Australia and the world.
The construction of the Coleambally irrigation system was commenced by the NSW Government in 1958. Ownership of the system was transferred to Coleambally Irrigation Cooperative Limited (CICL), which is wholly-owned by local farmers, in 2000. CICL is Australia's 4th largest irrigation company and since privatisation the irrigation system has undergone a major transformation, to the point where it is amongst the most modern and efficient open-channel systems in the world.
CICL delivers water across an area of 300,00 hectares via a network of 516 km of channels and 711 km of drains. The delivery system is gravity-fed and solar powered, and therefore completely carbon neutral; fully automated; and utilizes Australian designed, manufactured and owned technology.
The technology provides for very precise measurement and control of water with real-time data being transmitted both to and from farms via a combination of broadband and next G wireless telemetry. A farmer with access to a mobile phone, IPAD or laptop can order water no matter where they are in the world and know that the water can be on their farm in exactly the right quantities, at the right flow-rates and at the right time - all without any other human intervention.
CICL's delivery system is fully alarmed and if something malfunctions an SMS message is relayed to a channel technician, via their mobile phone. The majority of problems can be diagnosed and fixed, or at least managed, by the technician via their computer.
Coleambally not only has world class irrigation system; it also has world class farmers whose farm layouts optimize the use of water, via laser-leveled paddocks and recycling systems, to grow rice, cotton, wheat, corn, canola, barley, oats, triticale, lucerne, a variety of fruit and vegetablesand to carry sheep and cattle.