The 2016 Irrigation Australia International Conference and Exhibition attracted more than 140 companies, 100 speakers and over 3,500 industry professionals to discuss the irrigation industry.

This year’s conference was defined by the theme Irrigation- for prosperity and wellbeing, and key note speakers included Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, John Elliott, Australian Businessman, Former President of the Liberal Party and Former President of Carlton Football Club and Graham Hawke, Deputy Director, Environment and Research Division, Bureau Of Meteorology.

In her opening Keynote Address, the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston said, “The Australian Government has placed a huge priority on water. We see water as a fundamental resource for our economy. Irrigation in the southern part of Australia is a vital pillar for the Australian agricultural landscape.

“We are transitioning out of an economy that was reliant on mining into an economy of the future, an economy of innovation. We now as a Government have decided to focus on becoming the smartest, brightest and most innovative in the world. And your industry is a classic example of an industry transitioning into a new smart industry.

We need to look at the irrigation industry today and realise it is embracing technology; We are an industry of the future.”

Throughout this year’s events, exhibitors made contact with existing and new customers from across the spectrum of Australia’s irrigation industry.

Among them was Rod Best, Sales Manager, Isuzu Engines.

Mr Best said, “I have attended numerous events over the past two years and this without a doubt has been a stand out event. From our perspective it was an awesome event with good foot traffic across the three days and a high level of interest, not to mention numerous irrigation industry contacts. ”

Rick Smythe, Director, Player Proximity Systems said, “I was extremely impressed with the calibre of interest and with winning the Best New Product Award.

“The quantity and quality of attendees in our specific industry and associated industries were very good.”

Irrigation Australia International Conference and Exhibition Director, Luke Kasprzak said the conference and exhibition is the premier event of the irrigation industry and the only one that brings together all levels of irrigation across the entire value chain.

“The Australian Irrigation Industry, when compared to the rest of the world has strength and there are many opportunities, in particular within agriculture,” Mr Kasprzak said.

“With overwhelming positive feedback, this event provided the tools; knowledge and techniques to realise these opportunities and make sure their businesses are fit for such.

“There was a real buzz across Irrigation Australia International Conference and Exhibition, which I am sure will translate into real opportunities in times ahead. This was certainly an event that will be remembered not only for its size but its quality. The value of face-to-face networking is invaluable and the level of optimism by both exhibitors and visitors was the highest it has been in years.”

Exhibitions and Trade Fairs has confirmed the show will return in 2018 with location and dates soon to be announced.

The show will be once again co-located with Agritech Australia.

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