A heritage irrigation structure in Langhorne Creek was recognised at the International Commission for Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) triennial conference held in Mexico in October 2017. The Bleasdale Vineyards floodgate, nominated by Irrigation Australia Limited, was accepted for inclusion in the ICID heritage irrigation structure register.
The nomination of the structure was one of the first, alongside Goulburn Weir in Victoria, from the southern hemisphere to be included.
Qualification requirements for the structures included a minimum age of 100 years and still be in use today.
Bleasdale Vineyards Chairman Robert Edwards said Bleasdale was proud of its heritage, innovation and practical endeavour.
“The floodgate represents the historic and continuing system of irrigation which has been most beneficial to Bleasdale Vineyards over the years.” Mr Edwards said.
The construction of the irrigation infrastructure has been credited with sustaining the environmental assets of the region.