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The Mildura irrigation Colony.

The report of the chief engineer of water supply on the Mildura irrigation colony gives (says' the " Melboure Age■") a very satisfactory record of progress. The work done at Mildura shows that the Chaffeys have been better than their word. Under the terms of the agreement entered into with the Government, they undertook to expend £10,000 during the first twelve months, and £35,000 during the first five years. Up to the present time over £180,000 has been expended, and 6500 acres have now been cleared and brought under tillage, whereof' 6000 acres have beeiij or are m process of beinsr, I planted with vines or fruit trees, and 500 j acres are .under forage or grain crops. I Where only, four years ago there, was I scarcely a soul beyond a solitary shepherd, there-is now. a thriving settlement with.a population of over 3000 rapidly increasing, of which nearly 1000 count as resident agricultural settlers. There is no exaggeration m the hope that before the end of the decade Mildura will become one of the most flourishing districts of the colony, Not the least satisfactory feature of Mr Stuart Murray's report is his exposure of the groundless <i ess of the fear entertained m some quarters that Mildura is excessively depleting the waters of the Murray, river. The present volume of flood water m the river from Mildura to Swan Hill would be sufiicent to put, 14dn of water over the whole Mildura settlement rather often er than once a fortnight, while a total" depth of. lOin m an entire summer is the maximum proposed to be used. ,

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The Mildura irrigation Colony., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2546, 17 October 1890

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The Mildura irrigation Colony. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2546, 17 October 1890

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