Government pours $100 million into irrigation project
The Victorian Government will spend $100 million on critical works in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District as part of its connections project.
The money will help Goulburn-Murray Water's Connections Project, Victoria’s largest water modernisation project.
Winter works include, upgrading 33km of channel across 17 sites, installing automation at 271 sites, building 35 km of pipeline across seven sites and working on more than 500m of outlets.
The government revealed a review of the project showed it had slipped behind schedule and wasn't delivering benefit to the community and the environment. has worked closely with local irrigators, the Victorian Farmers Federation and the local community to redesign the project, get it back on track, and deliver the water savings within budget.
The government has worked with lobby groups, irrigators and the communities affected to help deliver crucial works to help modernise the irrigation network.
As well as a much-needed cash injection, the government has also announced key changes to the group overseeing the modernisation project.
Connections Project Control Group chairman Mike Walsh is stepping down, to be replaced by Peter McManamon.
Mr McManamon is a veteran of the water sector with more than 35 years’ experience in guiding large water infrastructure projects, including the Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Project.
Goulburn-Murray Water deputy chairman and former Victorian deputy premier Pat McNamara will also join the Project Control Group, replacing fellow GMW board member Margot Henty.
Victorian Water Minister Lisa Neville welcomed the news, saying it was important to have as much work done as possible during winter.
“It’s important to get this work done over winter, so we can ensure the productivity of farmers during the irrigation season and achieve our water savings targets.”