Students explore water management in Mildura

University students from all over the state have flocked to Mildura this week to undertake a unique Water Management subject.

Twenty-eight La Trobe University agribusiness students are in the district to explore the role of water management within the context of business decision making.  The subject is one of the unique place-based subjects delivered across the La Trobe University regional campus network, that is a key feature of La Trobe’s Agribusiness course.  This approach gives students the opportunity to go on a statewide tour of Victorian agribusiness industries and communities, while they’re studying.

While the students are here, they’ll take part in classes and gain insight from local professionals at various field trips across the district. Students are visiting the Chaffey pumps, Lock 11, the weir, the Central Pump station, Hattah Lakes and the SuniTAFE smart farm to name a few.

Professor of Freshwater Ecology, Professor Nick Bond is in Mildura with the students and says the district is the perfect place to undertake the subject.

“The Mildura region is the ideal location to be teaching students about water management in the Murray-Darling Basin. Not only is the region historically important in terms of irrigation development in Australia, it remains an vibrant agricultural region with a diverse mix of industries that students can learn about. There are also a number of floodplain areas such as Hattah Lakes where environmental water is delivered to help sustain healthy ecosystems.

“These place-based subjects are a real feature of our agribusiness course, as it’s allows our students to network with some of the state’s biggest agribusiness companies across our regional campus network.  It’s also a great opportunity for all the students to get together and undertake a subject in an intensive mode,” says Dr Bond.


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