More permanent jobs are likely to be created at the Shepparton Rubicon factory after the business secured a $60million contract with Murray Irrigation to introduce automated and remote control systems.By Geoff Adams
More permanent jobs are likely to be created at the Shepparton Rubicon factory after the business secured a $60
The Federal Government-funded work will see Rubicon products made in Shepparton installed in channel off-takes and regulators.
Work is expected to start on the three-year contract next year.
Murray Irrigation chairman Noel Graham said the partnership had significant benefits.
‘‘Signing this contract is good news, not only for Murray Irrigation and its customers, but also for the region itself,’’ Mr Graham said.
‘‘It provides certainty for the supply of products for our PIIOP project and makes good commercial sense for both Murray Irrigation and Rubicon.
‘‘It brings a financial commitment to Deniliquin with benefits across Murray Irrigation’s area of operation.
‘‘The contract is primarily for the supply, installation and commissioning of Rubicon products and network control systems which are a key part of the upgrade to our irrigation system.
‘‘Rubicon products will be installed in our channel off-takes and regulators and the majority of the new meters being installed on customers’ landholdings are Rubicon products.
‘‘The contract includes arrangements for maintenance and extended warranty of Rubicon products,’’ he said.
The contract for the supply of Rubicon’s hardware and software will enable remote and automated control of Murray Irrigation’s supply system.
Rubicon Water said the contract would provide the region’s irrigators with world-leading technology, designed, manufactured, installed, commissioned and maintained locally with local resources.
Rubicon Water chief executive officer Bruce Rogerson said the company would be actively monitoring the commissioning and use of the equipment, which will be a reassurance for irrigators.
‘‘The contract will provide a much improved service to Murray Irrigation customers, with more flexible ordering times and more reliable flows through their service points, which will enable them to use their water more productively,’’ Mr Rodgerson said.
PIIOP is a Commonwealth Government funded program that will return water to the environment while improving water efficiency, both within Murray Irrigation’s distribution system and on-farm.
This will be achieved by the adoption of new water distribution technology, which will result in improved levels of service for customers.
Murray Irrigation successfully applied for funds under PIIOP to continue with the upgrade of the irrigation system and achieve various strategic plan objectives.
Funding is being provided from the government’s Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program.
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