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About the Connections Project

The Connections Project is creating a world leading water delivery system in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID).

The Connections Project is creating a world leading water delivery system in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID).

We are investing more than $2 billion to create a sustainable future for productive agriculture in Northern Victoria. We are also working to achieve 204 GL of water savings for the region, as outlined in our Stage 2 contract with the Commonwealth Government.

The Project is funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian governments and is the most significant upgrade to the region’s irrigation infrastructure in its 100-year history.

The GMID upgrade takes in northern Victoria between Swan Hill and Cobram, and the Goulburn and Murray systems – it’s often referred to as the ‘Food Bowl’ of Australia.

In recent months, the Project has been undergoing a reset to enable everyone to access water through a connection that is equivalent to their current annual water use.

The project is required to deliver 429 GL in water savings across the GMID by the end of the project – that’s close to the amount of water in Sydney Harbour, which holds around 500 GL.

What we do

Our dedicated project team is planning and designing innovative connection solutions, led by Project Director Frank Fisseler who reports to the Project Control Group (PCG).

The Connections Project has developed a fit-for-purpose solution for each of the 1168 channels in the GMID. This solution has been tailored explicitly for the conditions and attributes of each channel, and it takes into account input from our local staff, Area Manager and operations and maintenance staff. Requirements of commercial users have also been considered as part of this approach.

Connections solutions may include:

  • Decommissioning of a channel – private connections
  • GMW may retain a channel – providing automation and meter upgrade
  • GMW may retain a channel – providing remediation, automation and meter upgrade
  • Or GMW may retain a channel – with existing infrastructure remaining.