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Darling Irrigation commenced life in 2004 as a creative transformation of a rural merchandise store in Bourke, Darling Fertilisers. This business, owned by the Maroulis family since 1972, was operated by Theofanis and Bill Maroulis. The millennium drought hit all agricultural related businesses particularly hard on the Western Plains of New South Wales, and it was this catalyst that sparked the reinvention of the business at the hands of Sam and Phoebe Maroulis into today's "Darling Irrigation".
Darling Irrigation started installing small drip irrigation systems and quickly added stockwater pipelines to its list of competencies. In 2005 ‘Kings Hire and Sales’ was purchased in Narromine and quickly transformed into a water shop, bolstering retail sales. A few years later the business moved into design and installation of centre pivot, linear move irrigators and boom irrigators for broadacre customers.
The business joined forces with Australian owned agribusiness, AGnVET Services in 2007, which further strengthened the business systems and has given Darling Irrigation a stronger platform for continued growth.
In recent years Darling Irrigation has increased its service offering to include mining and government infrastructure schemes and in 2013 Darling Irrigation opened stores in Wagga Wagga and Launceston.
Today, with a staff of approximately 50 and outlets in Bourke, Forbes, Launceston, Narromine and Wagga Wagga, the business is growing at an ever increasing pace and offering a vast array of water and irrigation related products and services.
Credentials and accreditations
- Certified Irrigation Designs (Irrigation Association of Australia).
- Accredited occupational health and safety management (OHSM) system (NSW Government, accreditation No: DFS 12-00028).
- State Water accredited meter installations.
- NSW Office of Water pre- qualification under Cap and Pipe Bore Scheme.