About 19km of pipelines will be installed across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID) in coming months, with works expected to create significant water savings in the region.
The $2 billion Goulburn-Murray Water Connections Project plans to construct 16 pipelines during the irrigation season, in consultation with landowners, as part of its early works schedule.
Works are currently being carried out or completed on ten of the pipelines – installing a total of almost 12km - in three irrigation districts:
• Rochester – four pipelines totalling more than 7.5km
• Torrumbarry – three pipelines totalling more than 3km
• Murray Valley – two pipelines totalling more than 1km.
Water Minister Lisa Neville said the Connections Project was delivering an improved supply to agricultural communities, modernising the irrigation district and providing a huge boost to local economies.
“These critical crucial works are ensuring we deliver an efficient irrigation system that supports irrigators in regional Victoria into the future,” Ms Neville said.
Meters and regulators would also be upgraded along the pipelines at the same time.
Traditionally, pipeline works were carried out during the winter works period; however the project was now undertaking works throughout the year to increase efficiencies in reaching water savings targets.
Project Director Frank Fisseler said completing works during the irrigation season meant more landowners would be connected to the modernised delivery network sooner.
“We are modernising the delivery network to supply water more efficiently and generate water savings that contribute to the long-term sustainability of Victoria’s water supply,” Mr Fisseler said.
The works were being carried out by John Holland, which was appointed following the re-set of the project by Minister for Water Lisa Neville in September 2016. ‘