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Rapid changes in technology have meant more
options for businesses.
One of the most significant changes is the
emergence of cloud based technologies or
But what exactly is ‘cloud computing’ and
how can it benefit your business?
Cloud computing is an internet-based
application that enables access everywhere
on-demand to your computer or network. Some
of the benefits that you and your business will
gain from using this technology include:
Cloud computing costs less. It enables you
to reduce the ongoing costs of physical server
hardware by moving to virtual or hosted servers.
As a result, businesses will see a decrease in
on-site servers, power usage, information tech-
nology (IT) requirements, etc. That means lower
installation, maintenance, hardware, upgrade
and support costs. For businesses these sav-
ings are invaluable, as IT usually accounts for
one of the top three expenses.
Monthly payment options and automatic upgrades
With most cloud-based software providers
you can now subscribe to regular monthly pay-
ment arrangements, much like a rental arrange-
ment. You get access to ongoing support and
the most up-to-date version of the software.
Cloud computing enables you to access your
information wherever you are, from your com-
puter or mobile device.
Businesses that use cloud computing are
more flexible and are able to respond more
Advanced software features including automation
Cloud computing enables businesses to get
accurate daily bank feeds on all their accounts
directly into their accounting system without
having to manually enter data. The in-built intel-
ligence in some of the software programs now
is mind blowing and if the time is spent to ini-
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of time will be saved.
Focus on your business with real-time information
Adopters of cloud computing are being freed
up to focus more on the business and less time
is being spent processing information.
Business owners now have the ability to
access an enormous amount of data in to real
time and can monitor the businesses perfor-
mance daily on up-to-date information.
This has also improved the way you can work
with your accountant and business adviser as,
at your request, they can be invited into your
data file to see real time what you, the business
owner, is seeing. It is a great opportunity to
identify and discuss any issues or concerns at
an early stage.
In order to remain at the top of your game
running a successful business, it is more impor-
tant than ever to get up in the cloud.
Are you up in
the cloud yet?
DRIVERS on Ramco Road between
Waikerie and Ramco would have
noticed a freshly painted irrigation
pump sitting proudly on display at the
Golden Heights Pumping Station.
The Two-Stage 10-12 Thompson
ECS class pump, built in England, was
the original and first piece of irrigation
equipment used at the pumping station
to water the Golden Heights irrigation
development area many years ago.
The Golden Heights Pumping sta-
tion is now managed by the Central
Irrigation Trust (CIT) and staff member
David Lehmann recently completed
the new paint job on the old Thompson
pump for it to go on display.
“I have been working on the pump
in my spare time over the past few
months and sand blasted the old grey
paint off and repainted it,” Mr Lehmann
“It has been placed in a slightly dif-
ferently position near the pumping sta-
tion now and because it is no longer a
dull, grey colour it has been attracting a
lot of attention from people driving by.
“Bob Squires Concrete helped with
the cement base for the pump to sit on,
while JMA provided the crane to move it
Former water master and Waikerie
resident Robert Neideck has many
stories about the pump and said it had
a nickname of ‘Old Faithful’ as it was
“I recall during one year she ran for
eight weeks non-stop while the new
headworks were being done,” he said.
“She was also the only pump still
connected to all of the pipeworks dur-
ing the severe frost and growers were
only allocated fours per week for the
eight weeks and she didn’t let us down.
“As a water master back then, we
would switch on the valves, start
pumps and check the overhead sprin-
klers for the growers.”
Known as “the number one pump”,
the machine’s engine pumped 2300
gallons per minute and was run by
a 315 horsepower electric motor on
The 550-acre Golden Heights pro-
ject was originally run by the Waikerie
Ramco Irrigation Co Ltd, a privately
owned development with trees planted
The pumping station was officially
opened by the Premier of South
Australia Sir Thomas Playford in March
The Citrus News once described the
irrigation system installed on the site
as the biggest fixed-overhead irrigation
scheme ever undertaken by a private
enterprise in Australia.
The Golden Heights Pumping Station
has been managed by CIT since 2011,
when the pump was removed, and
taken out of action in 2009 when the
station was upgraded.
CIT pumps water from the River
Murray through large diameter pipeline
systems to 1600 growers who irrigate
14,000 hectares of horticultural crops
in 12 private irrigation districts in the
The Districts include Berri, Cadell,
Chaffey, Cobdogla, Kingston, Loxton,
Moorook, Mypolonga, Waikerie, Lyrup,
Sunlands and Golden Heights.
Golden Heights is situated 61 metres
above the normal lock pool level of the
river and as the soil is deep and sandy,
furrow irrigation was not used, in favour
of sprinkler irrigation.
These days the Golden Heights
Pumping Station is fully automated and
it allows for growers to irrigate their
properties when they require due to the
continual flow of water it can achieve.
As the old pump was no longer used
it was suggested that it be placed on
display outside the station along with
a historic sign (yet to be put into place)
explaining the history and significance
of Golden Heights as one of the first
private irrigation districts in South
Pump takes pride of place
Central Irrigation Trust (CIT) staff member David Lehmann and CIT board member Anthony Fulwood standing next to the old Golden
Heights number one pump, fondly known as ‘Old Faithful’. David sandblasted the old grey paint from the pump to make way for a
fresh paint job for the pump to go on display. PHOTO: Sonia Fowler
The initial Golden Heights project statistics:
q Total acreage of area was 597 with
551 acres under irrigation
q Overhead irrigation system fed by
110 miles of piping capable of watering
24 acres at a time through 5400 fixed
Pope Monsoon sprinklers.
q 25 miles of Hardies cement piping
ranging in size from 3” to 8”, which car-
ried water through the area.
qWater was then dispersed to the
sprinklers through 80 miles of one-inch
Di-Con light weight plastic pipe and a
complete bond between pipes and fit-
tings was achieved by a simple process
known as solvent welding.
q Water was pumped from the river,
200 feet (61 metres) below, through
3000 feet (914 metres) of mains.
q The annual cost of water to growers
would amount to about 25 pounds per
q The area was divided into 96 units
of about six acres each and was owned
by 45 growers who each contributed 243
pounds per acre, excluding plantings for
their own holdings.
*From the book titled, The Sunlands
Irrigation Scheme, by Dr Ian L D Forges.
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