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Connections Landowner Guide and Operational Rules make navigating the project easier

The Connections Project has today released a new Landowner Guide which provides a comprehensive step-by-step process for landowners engaging with the project.

The Guide has been created to help landowners understand how the Connections Project will interact with them and their businesses and sets out clear guidance around what to expect and when.

In a first for the project and in direct response to community feedback, we have also published the rules by which we make important decisions. The Connections Project Operational Rules provide information about how we determine meter types and sizing, as well as the principles of co-contribution, voluntary dry-off and on-farm works.

Project Director Frank Fisseler said that making this information available is an important step in maintaining good working relationships with landowners.

“The Landowner Guide explains the process in simple terms. We want to make it easier for landowners to engage with the project,” he said.

The Guide is an additional tool to face-to-face communication, which will always be our priority.

The new eight step engagement process is described, along with how the project will undertake reconfiguration planning.

Reconfiguration of Goulburn Murray Water’s water delivery system is fundamental to the successful rollout of the project. It creates more certainty of timelines for landowners and the project.

An Independent Review process overseen by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, provides an additional layer of assurance to landowners.

Supporting the Guide is the landowner information portal – My Connections Update – which was launched last September and shows our plans for each channel within the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID).

“One of the biggest challenges of this project is that it spans the entire GMID and a large number of communities. The portal enables everyone across the GMID to access the latest information,” said Mr Fisseler.

View the Landowner Guide, Operational Rules and other information for landowners on our publications page.