The question is always asked "Why do we need an Irrigator User Group?" There are several reasons:
- Strength in numbers
- Benefits at an individual and group level
- Area-specific, co-ordinated and consistent approach to resource management
- Gives confidence to the wider community that the resource is being managed responsibly.
Sometimes the 'why' is not immediately obvious but one thing is certain: "If you don't have anything to join, no-one will join."
IrrigationNZ strongly supports the formation of Irrigator User Groups and has produced a 'How To' guide to help in their formation.
For more information on how to set up a group, or link to a group near you, call INZ on 03 341 22 25 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The key steps in Irrigator User Group formation:
- Step 1 Leadership - Find a champion, and some deputies
- Step 2 Purpose - Decide on a reason to exist - refine the purpose and clearly identify what the group aims to achieve
- Step 3 Representation - Compile a comprehensive list of all potential members â€“ use local knowledge
- Step 4 Structure - Decide on a structure - make it fit for purpose
- Step 5 Communication - Rally the troops, contact all potential members and clearly articulate what you are going to achieve. Identify the tricky customers â€“ tailor your approach. Spread the load amongst the deputies.