Smart WaterMark Expert Panel Chairman Wins Industry Award

At last month’s Irrigation Australia Conference Jeremy Cape, Chairman of the Smart Approved WaterMark Expert Panel, was awarded the MacLean Iedema 2018 Award.

Jeremy has been devoted to the irrigation industry for nearly thirty years and has worked with our panel to assess over 350 applications during his tenure.

Jeremy's outstanding contribution to the irrigation industry includes:

  • 10 years’ service on IAA's National Board and Chair from 1993-96
  • 10 years’ service on the SA Regional Committee
  • Metricized the US Landscape Irrigation Testing Course for Australia and subsequent conversion into the Irrigation Efficiency Course mapping it against irrigation competencies
  • Was the founding Executive Officer of the Co-operative Research Centre for Irrigation Futures from 1989 for 10 years
  • Developed and manufactured catchcans, now embraced by irrigation professionals for use in auditing irrigation efficiency
  • Established and managed the Australian Irrigation Technical Centre which conducted over 200 equipment tests durings its 10 year history
  • Whilst co-ordinator of the National Irrigation Science Network, which he set up with Professor Wayne Meyer, managed numerous projects including the development of the first Irrigation Code of Practice for the Murray Darling Basin Commission

Jeremy is a great role model in the industry and retains active and positive involvement in affairs of the sector and remains a reference point for considered opinion and mentoring for many.

We are incredibly grateful to Jeremy for his time, passion and professionalism. Congratulations again!

Irrigation Australia’s MacLean Iedema 2018

Scott MacLean and Don Iedema were strong supporters and contributors to the Irrigation Association of Australia (IAA) during its early years. Both men were involved in the organisation at a regional and national level and Scott was a former chairman. Scott, Don and Roger Bell, an employee and talented, well respected irrigation designer with a young family tragically all lost their lives in a light aircraft accident in 1995. In recognition of their contribution to the irrigation industry and the association, the IAA decided to create an Award to perpetuate and honour their memory. The MacLean-Iedema Award is specifically structured to recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals to the industry.