NEW science and old traditions are coming together along the Travelling Stock Route (TSR) in the Warialda district, as solar-powered submissible pumps have replaced old windmills.
The NSW Government has completed a $127,972 upgrade, which is designed to provide drovers and their stock with a more reliable source of water.
Not only will the designated watering spots now boast consistency, they will include security fencing which will serve a number of purposes including protecting the assets from livestock and allowing external generators to be used if urgent pumping is required.
Minister for Agriculture and Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, said he understands drovers work extremely hard and believes the new upgrades will be very beneficial for them.
"Moving stock is hard yakka and it is crucial that graziers have safe access to a drop of water, particularly in an Australian summer," he said.
"The windmills along a major north-south droving route had begun to show their age and could not provide the reliability that drovers need, so five stations on the TSR have been upgraded."
The cost of the changes is worthwhile for the government too, with Mr Marshall revealing the amount it needs to spend on maintenance will drop significantly.
On top of that, the risks involved in the constant repair of old windmills will be removed.
He is hoping this will not be a one-off project, and revealed their were plans to extend the enhancements beyond their current location.
"The state government will continue to identify and plan solar conversions throughout the network to replace other ageing windmills," Mr Marshall said.
"This is a great opportunity to bring what is an historic tradition and critical job in Aussie primary production into the 21st Century."
The government also stated improving the functionality and experience for TSR users is a key objective of the NSW TSR State-Wide Plan of Management, which aims to ensure that future TSR management aligns with Indigenous, conservation, livestock, production, recreation and community priorities.