Event Program

7.30AM – 9.00AM

Networking Breakfast - Exhibition Hall


09:00 PM - 09:05 AM

Acknowledgement to Country | Bryan Ward, CEO Irrigation Australia


09:05 PM - 09:15 AM

Welcome and Introduction of Minister | Andrew Ogden, Chairman Irrigation Australia


09:15 PM - 09:30 AM

Minister's Address | The Hon Mark Furner MP, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries


09:30 PM - 09:35 AM

Irrigation Australia Welcome | Bryan Ward, CEO Irrigation Australia


09:35 PM - 09:50 AM

Seqwater Presentation | Neil Brennan, Seqwater CEO


09:55 PM - 10:30 AM

Costa Georgiadis | Irrigating a Changing World: How Our Choices for Planning, Designing, Constructing and Maintaining Landscapes can Lead to a New and Sustainable Story


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Morning Tea - Exhibition Hall


Blue Room | Chairperson Carl Walters

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Case Study - Recycled Water Network Expansion Project | Kevin Page, City of Gold Coast

This project will be rolled out in the next 2-3 years and will target the cities greenspace for irrigation with high quality recycled water.

Green Room

11:00 AM - 11:45 PM

Workshop - Irrigation Australia Certification | Geoff Harvey, National Training, Certification & Marketing Manager

Certification grants you a point of difference in the marketplace. Attend this workshop to learn more about Irrigation Australia’s Certification programs, eligibility & requirements.


11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Case Study - Centralised control system and smart irrigation project | Jack Rea, Sunshine Coast Council

This is a major irrigation project that involves capturing asset data, condition rating, irrigation mapping and trialling CCS systems.

11:45 PM - 12:15 PM

Workshop - Irrigation Australia Waterwise Programs | Tracy Martin, Membership & Regions Manager

The Waterwise programs have been highly successful and operational in Western Australia since 2004, and the purpose of the workshop is to explain how the programs operate and enable councils to determine if they could be adapted for their regions.


12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Lunch - Exhibition Hall

Sponsored by


Blue Room | Chairperson Les Olivieri

01:30 PM - 02:15 PM

Case Study - Growing cool cities – The role of irrigated green cover | Mark Siebentritt, Seed Consulting

The cooling benefits of irrigated green space, especially living turf, and how this should inform future decisions about how we cool, and grow, our cities.

Green Room

01:30 PM - 02:15 PM

Workshop - Seqwater | Working together to respond to drought in SEQ | Dimity Lynas, Team Leader – Water Security Planning

Did you know South East Queensland’s (SEQ) bulk water storages have dropped below 70%? According to the Seqwater Drought Response Plan, when our storages drop below 70%, the region needs to be preparing for the possibility of drought. Come and learn about Seqwater’s drought response plan and discuss how we can work together to improve water efficiency in SEQ.  Seqwater will provide an overview of government requirements for raw water users in the region during drought. During the workshop, we will discuss a range of irrigation water efficiency programs as well as seek feedback from irrigators on a suite of actions to improve water efficiency in SEQ.


02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

Case Study - The optimal approach for sports field irrigation systems | Dr. Paul Lamble, Peak Water Consulting

Comparing the performance, lifetime costs of ownership and qualitative playing surface outcomes for both design and construct and professionally designed irrigation systems.

02:15 PM - 03:00 PM

Workshop - Irrigation Efficiency | Geoff Harvey, National Training, Certification & Marketing Manager

Find out how Irrigation Australia’s two day Irrigation Efficiency training course can provide industry colleagues with the skills and knowledge required to operate low volume and sprinkler irrigation systems, and to measure pressure, flow and distribution uniformity of an irrigation system.


03:00 PM - 03:30 PM

Afternoon Tea - Exhibition Hall


Blue Room | Chairperson: Andres Jaramillo

03:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Case Study - The planning and the outcome of an irrigation project in a passive green space | Richard Dilena, City of Greater Geelong

Picking up the theme of provision of functional green assets in the community, I will be taking a look at an example of a recent irrigation project in a passive green space which includes turf and garden beds using a variety of irrigation hardware, basically a typical small community park.  The project was designed to use captured and stored rain water off the roof of buildings, supplemented by a potable water supply, to do the irrigation.  What was the planning process, what was the outcome, what was the reality.  I’m looking forward to it!

Green Room

03:30 PM - 04:00 PM

Workshop - Rainwater Harvesting | Michael Smit, Technical and Sustainability Manager

The workshop will discuss the approved rainwater harvesting design guidelines, water quality research, permaculture, stormwater utilisation and a range of modern products and technologies.


04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Case Study - Shaping SEQ - An integrated approach of planning and management | Chris Tanner, Water Sensitive Cities & University of Queensland

The implementation actions at one or more of the State Priority Development Areas in Queensland with a focus on how these achieve liveability.

04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Workshop - Dial Before You Dig - Know What's Below | Adrian Wellington, Damage Prevention Officer, Dial Before You Dig

This Workshop will provide a concise understanding on the importance the service provides on safe excavation practices 


04:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Case Study - Landscape and sports turf irrigation design efficiency | Rex Sullings, Aqueduct Consultancy

Landscape and sports turf irrigation design efficiency. The case study examines the outcomes of designing landscape and sports turf irrigation systems based on the time honored head to head principal. The study will outline the effects on water usage and costs of ownership associated with irrigation systems based on the head to head principle.

Chairperson: Les Olivieri

04:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Case Study - Remote Management of Residential and Commercial Customers Saves Water and Grows Your Business | Anthony Long, Hunter Industries

Utilising modern tools and internet based controllers, helps to grow contracting businesses with the benefit of saving water. Contractors and Multi-Site managers are now able to remote access multiple controllers. Utilising tools like the Hunter Hydrawise software provides management opportunities, the ability to increase business and services offered to customers and massive water savings for clients.


06:30 PM - 09:30 PM

Dial Before You Dig Conference Networking Dinner - Gold Coast Convention Centre | Guest Speaker Costa Georgiadis | Drip Feed and Solenoid Moments: My life until now in Controller Selections, Start Times, Run Times, Manual Overrides, Programs AND Seasonal Adjustment

Sponsored by

Blue Room | Chairperson: Chris Delphin

09:00 AM – 10:00AM

Case Study - Scott Johnstone, HydroPlan

Value of Irrigation Assets Specifications for Councils
This case study will look at a range of councils in NSW, QLD & NT that have adopted a master ‘Irrigation Assets Specification Manual’ and the value they derive from having robust irrigation standards in their toolbox that cover; planning, audits, design, drawings, products, installation, project management, maintenance, operator training, irrigation management plans and water budgets.

Green Room | Chairperson: Bryan Ward

09:00AM – 09:30AM

Case Study - Smart Urban Irrigation Project | Dan Mosbauer, Cairns Regional Council

This project involves conducting ground surveillance of 16 irrigated locations throughout Council. Providing data such as soil moisture, salinity and infiltration rates and allowing us to know where irrigation is needed, the duration of watering required and mitigating against nutrient leaching into the eco-system

09:30AM – 10:00AM

Case Study - Water Body Management and Water Quality | Ben Walsh, Bioremedy

Presentation of three case studies about water quality of dams and theory of quality of irrigation water. The three case studies are:

  1. Ibrox Park Nursey- Irrigation Dam circulation for planktonic algae management
  2. Amgrow PTY LTD- Wastewater Dam aeration and biological remediation for water quality and nutrient reduction
  3. Brisbane City Council- Stormwater Retention basin solar powered circulation for algae management.


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Case Study - Manipulating Hydraulic Conductivity in Order to Improve Soil Health and Structure for Turf | Sundeep Bhatt, CHT Australia Pty Ltd

Many turf growers and farmers are on the lookout for new ideas to overcome difficulties that have frustrated them for years. This session will discuss the innovations in chemistry that some farmers are using and many are now thinking about to help their business.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Workshop - Quality Irrigation solutions for Local Government, Industry & End Users | Peter Brueck, Irrigation Consultant - Irrigation Australia Board Member

Ever been frustrated about the quality of your irrigation design or installation standard? Join us at the Quality Irrigation Solutions for Local Government, Industry & End Users – moderated by Peter Brueck, Certified Irrigation Designer and Irrigation Australia Board Member – at the Landscape Irrigation Conference & Exhibition, commencing on the 18th of June. The workshop is designed to provide guidelines for Local Government, Industry and end users to ensure a professional and efficient irrigation system and achieve an end result that will meet industry benchmarks. The workshop will provide education and guidance for end users and customers of irrigation design services.  The workshop will highlight the benefits of proper irrigation design,  the employment of Certified Irrigation, Designers, Installers and Operators which will result in optimum system performance and economy.


10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Morning Tea - Exhibition Hall


Blue Room

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Case Study - Changing water demand through Garden Tune Up’s | Joel Spry| Power & Water Corporation – Darwin

The Darwin population uses more water than can be captured and supplied in the long term. With very high per capita water use, a growing population and unpredictable wet seasons consumption is becoming even less sustainable. Most water used in the region is non-essential with approximately 70% of residential water use going on gardens (57%) or leaking (12%). The general Darwin culture has traditionally had little concern for water efficiency as the region has a very high annual rainfall and relatively low historical costs per kilolitre. Rather than invest in expensive new water sources Power and Water started the Living Water Smart demand management program to work across the community to reduce demand to a more sustainable level.

One of the innovative approaches undertaken to achieve social awareness and behavioural change was to the introduction of the Garden Tune Up rebate program. This program was devised and introduced in 2017 and is greatly contributing towards the delaying of new water source augmentation in Darwin as well as protecting the water supply in Katherine.

The program is delivered in partnership with 30 local expert irrigation businesses and to date has achieved nearly 500,000,000 litres in water savings for Power and water customers.

Green Room

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Contd… Workshop - Peter Brueck | Irrigation Consultant, Irrigation Australia Board Member

Quality Irrigation solutions for Local Government, Industry & End Users
Ever been frustrated about the quality of your irrigation design or installation standard? Join us at the Quality Irrigation Solutions for Local Government, Industry & End Users – moderated by Peter Brueck, Certified Irrigation Designer and Irrigation Australia Board Member – at the Landscape Irrigation Conference & Exhibition, commencing on the 18th of June. The workshop is designed to provide guidelines for Local Government, Industry and end users to ensure a professional and efficient irrigation system and achieve an end result that will meet industry benchmarks. The workshop will provide education and guidance for end users and customers of irrigation design services.  The workshop will highlight the benefits of proper irrigation design,  the employment of Certified Irrigation, Designers, Installers and Operators which will result in optimum system performance and economy.


Blue Room

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Case Study - Data-Based Decisions for Irrigation Management | John Bussell, SWAN Systems

Irrigation enterprises accumulate significant volumes of data. The data becomes a valuable resource when used to provide insights for irrigation and nutrient application decisions. Combining accurate, local weather forecasts with data that most operations are automatically collecting daily can enable resource usage optimisation, water savings, better yields, reduced operational costs, and sound environmental stewardship.

Green Room | Chairperson: Andrew Ogden

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Case Study - Value in Irrigation monitoring and having an Irrigation Maintenance Plan | Bjorn Baker, HydroPlan

Approx 70% of all freshwater used globally is used in irrigation. An irrigation system that is poorly maintained results in water being wasted and not reaching its intended use. With much of Australia still in drought it has never been more important to keep irrigation systems well maintained in order to minimize wastage and to improve plant health through uniform and efficient irrigation. A key to keeping an irrigation system well maintained is monitoring its performance over time.


12:30 PM – 01:30 PM

Lunch - Exhibition Hall


Blue Room | Chairperson: Bryan Ward

01:30 PM – 02:15 PM

Case Study - Big Leaf Wholesale Nursery | Mr Kieran Studders and Mr Lex McMullin, Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland

Big Leaf Wholesale Nurseries is located at North Arm in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, and is owned and operated by Greg & Jackie Phillpott and Kieran Studders, who are backed by a hard-working dynamic team of staff with many years of experience and a wealth of specialised knowledge.

Green Room | Chairperson: Geoff Harvey

01:30 PM – 02:15 PM

Case Study - City of Parramatta Environmental Sustainability Strategy | Ian Hasselman, City of Parramatta

At Parramatta we are focused on gaining a deeper understanding of how we use water through a holistic review of usage in Parramatta. We are trailing the use of new technologies such as real-time metering  and sensors through a LoRaWAN network. Parramatta is also then looking at the future including climatic and population changes and growth. I will discuss the challenge is linking the organisational vision and aspirations to a successful delivery plan which meets the future state of Parramatta.


Blue Room | Chairperson: Andres Jaramillo

02:15 PM – 03:00 PM

Case Study - Performance of sports grounds irrigation systems | Geoff Connellan, G&M Connellan Consultants

Lessons from assessing 100 irrigation systems. The majority of these sites were sports grounds. The results of these evaluations highlight the importance of maintenance of irrigation systems, in particular, keeping rotors functioning in optimum condition. 

Green Room | Chairperson: Geoff Hall

02:15 PM – 03:00 PM

Case Study - Mega Irrigation: Introduction to Biotic Pumping | Will Markus, Director of Blue Ring

Agro-forestry, agro-ecology and technology to remediate severely damaged environments and restore ecological resilience to landscapes.


03:00 PM – 03:30 PM

Afternoon Tea - Exhibition Hall


Blue Room | Chairperson: Andrew Ogden

03:30 PM – 04:00 PM

Case Study - The financial impact of installing an advanced irrigation system at a Turf Farm Jonatan Ben-Tal | Rain Bird Australia

Explore the cost savings components including, labour and water consumption and also the profit maximising components of uniformity and maximising yield.

Green Room | Chairperson: Bryan Ward

03:30 PM – 04:00 PM

Case Study - A Day in the life of Sam Nickolls - Head Greenkeeper at St Andrew Anglican College | Peter White, Sports Turf Association QLD Committee

The new irrigation system was designed and installed by the college to reduce the overspray onto these areas but that is not infallible.  The college invested in an iron reduction unit which has been somewhat a success.  The outcome of the irrigation upgrade has been a much higher standard of playability of the sporting areas and the landscape, which is effected by the iron,  is in keeping with the college’s expectations.


04:00 PM – 04:30 PM

Case Study - Urban Trees - Challenges in irrigating urban trees | Geoff Connellan, G&M Connellan Consultants

There are some key questions when considering the irrigation of trees including; How much water is required?, What is the most appropriate method of application? and What is the most appropriate method of installation of the irrigation system, in order to protect the tree? 

04:00 PM – 04:30 PM

Case Study - Davey Heading into the Future | Geoff Hall, Davey Water Products


04:30 PM – 04:45 PM

Closing Remarks - Bryan Ward, Irrigation Australia


FIELD TRIP 1

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Rain Bird Field Trip | Kombumerri Park, Gold Coast

Hosted by Tim Robertson, Jamie Hamilton & Dominic Moran from Rain Bird
Join our field trip for a visit to Kombumerri Park in the Gold Coast. We will be highlighting and demonstrating the Rain Bird 8005 Turf rotor and the IQ3 Central Control System. We will also take some time to demonstrate the NEW range of RVAN rotary nozzles for smaller radius applications.


Canopy Wholesale Nursery, Gold Coast | Ryan Eaton

Canopy Wholesale Nursery are the 2015 – 2016 Queensland nursery of the year, with a recent acquisition of a neighbouring property we have engaged Total water services and Lex McMullun and formerly Steve Hart to help us with our water efficiency.

Canopy Wholesale Nursery have doubled the size of their nursery from 2015, with a sales increase of 400% and a water usage of increase from 2015 levels of a modest 30%.

While Canopy Wholesale Nursery is a modest nursery, they employee the best and latest technology, constructing the systems with an end game in mind, but on a project by project basis proving that you can be water efficient on a budget as long as you plan correctly.


FIELD TRIP 2

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Metricon Stadium – Hunter Installations

Hosted by Brett Peel from Turf Irrigation Services

Carrara Stadium (known commercially as Metricon Stadium) is a sporting venue on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, located in the suburb of Carrara. The venue is primarily used for Australian rules football, serving as the home ground of the Gold Coast Suns. In addition, the venue is used occasionally for cricket, including Big Bash League matches. It was used for other sports including rugby league, rugby union and even baseball. The stadium has hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Commonwealth Games as well as the athletics competitions.


Westfield Coomera, Rain Bird Installation

Hosted by Scott Smythe from SS Irrigation

Westfield Coomera Field Trip

The scope and range of greenspace elements at Westfield Coomera Shopping Centre made this an exciting and challenging project for SS Irrigation to be a part of alongside CBD Landscape Construction.

Delegates will have an opportunity to see how the irrigation system was installed to accommodate a range of green space areas and elements across multiple levels including suspended pots, large format planter boxes at ground and upper levels, large turfed and planted greenspace areas and outdoor carparks.

We will demonstrate how the existing irrigation design was modified during construction to accommodate the clients request to irrigate suspended planter pots as well as extend turfed and planted areas beyond the original design scope. This was an exciting project for SS Irrigation to be a part of and we look forward to the opportunity to introduce it to you.

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