Making improvements, jobs

By Country News

Major winter works in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District will deliver improvements for local landowners and bring jobs to the region, the Victorian Government has promised.

Water Minister Lisa Neville said the massive building program would improve water infrastructure in the district, support more than 500 local jobs and provide a 90 per cent local spend involving local subcontractors and suppliers.

This year’s $210million package will install more than 125 automated regulators and more than 500 water meters.

It will also include remediation of more than 25km of channel, construction of more than 45km of pipeline and the decommissioning of about 90km of open channel.

This year the Campaspe Siphon Relining Project near Rochester will be a key focus, with the existing siphon relined with fibre-reinforced concrete to ensure the historic asset continues to operate and provide service to the Rochester and Loddon Valley irrigation districts.

Channel remediation will cost $4.5million, with five crews working across nine sites in the district. This includes three sites in the Murray Valley area, two sites in Shepparton, two sites in Rochester, one in Loddon Valley and one in Torrumbarry.

In addition, an estimated $5.5million will be spent on structure works such as upgraded pipes, channels, road crossings and bridges.

This program is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $2billion Connections Project, delivered with Goulburn-Murray Water.

It’s the largest irrigation modernisation project in Australia and is improving the sustainability of the region, creating growth opportunities and jobs for local economies and landowners.