Projects

Prohort Management has achieved success with agricultural projects and individuals including:

Mulianna Pastoral Company(2014) – 813 square kilometre property mapping for existing infrastructure, environmental features and survey 425 kilometers of roads and pipeline routes in south Western Queensland; water management

Prohort Management has commenced work on orchard block layout, along with mapping of  completed works and plantings for Agri Australis in Narrandera NSW (2014).

Prohort Management was appointed in 2013 by Agri Australis Pty Ltd to oversee the ongoing development of 2000 hectares of Hazelnut orchard in the Narrandera Area NSW. When completed this project will be the world’s largest Hazelnut orchard.  Key aspects of this project including orchard planning, irrigation selection and design, completion of all development applications, approvals and tender documentation, installation superintendency for irrigation, earthworks and mainline power supply upgrades.

Assess and design leachate and surface water control system for Solid Waste Landfill for M Hay Mann’s Pl Burra Road Gundagai NSW.

Emu creek – system survey and mapping of physical and environment conditions of Emu creek for Weddin shire council;

NSW State water (2013) – Macquarie river environmental river conditions mapping;

NSW OEH (2013) – CMA and LGA GIS boundary assessments and  mapping; prohort

Emu creek Water Management Plan in conjunction with IRP (2013) – As a team member Prohort Mangemetns responsibility was to complete creek survey, GIS  mapping of assets and all environmental and ecological mapping. Along with mapping recommendations on the creeks assets and infrastructure was completed as part of the report process.

Team member working with The Risosra Group to produce the Business Case for the Sunraysia Modernisation Plan. (2013) Paul Geurtsen (Prohort) focus was on farm economics and water requirement assessments.

Hay Private Irrigation Trust and Goodnight Irrigation Trust (2012 and 2013) – Developed Water Market compliance processes for water transformation and termination. New business rules, policies, procedures, and forms were developed for Water Transformation and Termination. The establishment of new Operation rules and policies was required along with a review and replacement of the Schedule of Fees and Charges.

Goodnight Irrigation Trust (2012) – Developed Water Market compliance processes for water transformation and termination. New business rules, policies, procedures, and forms were developed for Water Transformation and Termination. The establishment of new Operation rules and policies was required along with a review and replacement of the Schedule of Fees and Charges. prohort

Development of the Water Extraction Agreement / Policy on behalf of Cobbora Holding (2012). This developed document was the basis for the agreement between NSW State Water and the mining enterprise Cobbora Holdings.  The agreement established suitable guidelines for water  extraction from the Cudgegong River to ensure the mines significant extraction were not to impact local river ecosystem, river flows and other system users. The guidelines provided a management process to coordinate water extractions with State Water releases and river water availability and to ensure extractions at any point did not impact the river critical target flows.

Team member working with The Risosra Group to produce a feasibility study and business case for the Nimmie-Caira System Enhanced

Environmental Water Delivery Project for the NSW Office of Water (2012) funded by the Commonwealth Government as part of its  Environmental Works and Measures Program under Water for the Future. The project is capable of delivering many benefits to water recovery and environmental water delivery in the Murrumbidgee River system and the Murray Darling Basin. The project includes the provision of water entitlement that will contribute to the water recovery targets under the Draft Basin Plan, as well as infrastructure reconfiguration options that will deliver water more efficiently to important wetland and bird breeding sites across the Nimmie-Caira Floodplain. The project also has the potential to reduce the impact of the Murrumbidgee choke by delivering environmental water through to the lower reaches of the Murrumbidgee River and onto the Murray River system.  irrigation

Completed several levels of Feasibility studies and preliminary design for Stock and domestic supply for Abercrombie Pumper  Association funded by Water For Rivers.(2012) This project required landowner liaison and workshops to obtain joint support and agreement on delivery, rates and volumes. Multiple route and delivery system options were assessed and presented to the group to determine which of the identified pipeline options would best suit the group. The preferred pipeline option was then taken to a preliminary designed and fully costed to provide a project suitable for capital funding.

Completed in conjunction with The Risorsa Group  the Modernisation plan and irrigation system audit for Hay Private Irrigation District (2012).

The Modernisation program funded was secured from  the Commonwealth Government’s Irrigation Modernisation Planning Assistance Program. The plan focuses upon future irrigation needs, modernisation of the delivery system and possible alternative options that could effectively meet customer expectations, while maintain a economically viable water delivery business. prohort

Feasibility study and preliminary design for Stock and domestic supply for Darcoola Irrigation Association  funded by Water For Rivers.(2012).

Cobbora Holdings (Mudgee Coal Mine) water supply feasibility assessment and concept pipeline and pump station design (2011). This required the identification of the most suitable route with minimal landowner and environmental impacts that could cost effectively deliver the required water to the mine site from the Cudgegong river.

Developed a Modernisation Plan and completed an irrigation system audit for Goodnight Irrigation Trust (2011) funded under the Commonwealth Government’s Irrigation Modernisation Planning Assistance Program. Funding for the project was secured along with plan development, customer liaison in conjunction with The Risorsa Group, system evaluations, water balance, audit and system loss assessment.

Bungunyah Koraliegh Irrigation Trust (BKIT) – pipeline and pump station  installation superintendency;(2010 -2012)

BKIT pipeline and pump station design, tender co-ordination and construction superintendency(2009-2012); prohort water management

Hay Private Irrigation District (2010) – Assist the district manager to work through and develop Water Market compliance for water transformation and termination. New business rules, policies, procedures, and forms were developed for Water Transformation and Termination along with an update and review of all operations rules and policies including the Schedule of fees and charges.

Developed a Site Water Management Plan for Rmonpro (2010). The site consisted of 3500 hectares of productive almond trees located on a site with natural intermittent streams, and issues with overland and subsurface water flows during rain events. This plan required the combined consideration of local ecosystem impacts, site production water impacts and local water capture impacts. A site data analysis and modelling was completed to provide the basis for a site water management plan which addressed landscape management  impacts on natural stream flows and the impact of  the local ecology. The plan provided options, design and costing for overland and subsurface water flow issues where they impacted the commercial production site. Community and local authority   liaison was required to ensure changes to site water flows minimised any downstream impacts.

Sunwater –Water budget assessment, infrastructure assessment, options evaluation and plan preparation of Irrigation Modernisation for the SunWater water supply schemes of Mareeba, Eton and Lower Mary. These tasks were completed under contract for SunWater. prohort

Pipeline preliminary design to design of a 180 km pipeline and pumping stations for water security of Lowbidgee stock and domestic  users, this project is in a progress stage;

Feasibility study for water security for Lowbidgee irrigators completed on behalf of Water For Rivers for the NSW Office of Water ;

Pipeline design evaluation of a proposed Irrigation system for Koraliegh Irrigation Scheme completed on behalf of Water For Rivers;

Irrigation Product Review of on-farm, channel and pipelines for Jemalong Irrigation;

Tatalia Joint Water Supply Scheme – channel system replacement options assessment, pipeline design and tender co-ordination;

Kilnyana Stock and Domestic supply –  channel system replacement options assessment, pipeline design;

Feasibility study for Stock and domestic supply for Hay Private Irrigation District (PID) for Water For Rivers. As project manager our role was to determine and provide design specifications, review  hydraulic designs, complete financial analysis and compile the feasibility report.;

Project management for the installation of a Stock and domestic supply for the Hay PID for Water for Rivers. As project manager our role was to assess all tenders, review hydraulic design, review equipment selections, and determine how well the proposed system meet the required specifications. After tender selection we provided the final approval of all selected equipment, liaised with the site superintendent to ensure all installation met the required standards and monitored the project progress.; irrigation

Community consultation and pipeline options development for Goodnight Irrigation Trust. Prohort’s  was to complete the community consultation and develop in consultation with the trust pipeline options for consideration.;

Pipeline feasibility options and economic assessment for the Sandy Creek irrigation scheme. Completed for Water For Rivers.  As project manager Prohort’s role was to determine and provide design specifications, review  hydraulic designs, complete financial analysis and compile the feasibility report.;

Albert Priest Water Conservation Group (APWCG) water security assessment – Water supply pipeline options for Irrigator, Stock and Domestic users, mines and town water supply for the Cobar Water board, Nygan Shire and Albert Priest Water Users Group(Mines). As project manager our role was to develop suitable pipeline options, provide design specifications, review  hydraulic designs, complete financial analysis and compile the feasibility report. (2009)

Community consultation with the Albert Priest Channel users for the Bogan Shire Council to formalise contracts of supply and channel metering;(2008)

Bogan River weir pool assessment completed for Nygan and Cobar shire council in 2007. This study provided an assessment of the river weir pools capacity, pumping and water supply impacts of river hieghts and the possibility of implementation of the Water Supply Investigation Study for the Sustainable Supply of Raw Water (2006) outcomes.Water Management Plan was developed for Olives Australia (2005). The site consisted of 2500 hectares of productive olive trees located on a site with natural intermittent streams, issues with overland water flows impact production trees and a requirement to optimise rainfall capture in storage as the main water source. This plan required the combined consideration of local ecosystem impacts, and local water capture impacts. A site data analysis and modelling was completed to provide the basis for a site water management plan which addressed alterations to stream flows and its impact of the local ecology both on site and down stream. The plan provided options, design and costing to optimise water capture. Community and local authority   liaison was required to ensure changes to site water flows minimised any downstream impacts.

Recent On-farm and other water related projects:

Slack-smith farm Irrigation system audit and review.

Multiple System Design for Orchards;( Landtasia Pty Ltd, Timbie, R Kalina, M Scott, G Elliott)

Market Analysis, Licence access and Economic evaluation for Ground and Surface Water Licence Purchases completed for the Gunnedah Shire Council – Robert Campbell General Manager Gunnedah Shire.

A selected approved Irrigation Consultant for the Sustaining the Basin: Irrigation Farm Modernisation Project for the NSW Department of Primary industries. (2012)

Whole farm irrigation planning for orchards across the Central West NSW on behalf of the Central West Catchment Management Authority (2008);

Irrigation and Drainage Management Plans for over 40 properties across the Macquarie Valley;

Refining water use management and assessing improvements in water infrastructure to optimise production for Rmonpro Developments Pty Ltd (3500 ha) and Olives Australian Pty Ltd (2500 ha);

Current Validator team member for the Murrumbidgee River Meter upgrade process for State Water (2012)