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Winter Works 2017

Winter works

Winter Works 2017

A $100 million winter works program is being rolled out across the GMID.

Project major contractor John Holland has mobilised resources across the region and will:

  • Remediate 33km channel across 17 sites
  • Install automation at 271 sites
  • Install 35km pipeline across seven sites, and
  • Undertake works on more than 500 meters.

Works in each irrigation area

The map below shows the distribution of works across each irrigation area. You can also download the map as a PDF.

Map showing the breakdown of winter works in each irrigation area

Connections Project winter works across the GMID

Winter Works 2016

The Connection Project’s peak construction and in-channel works usually take place from May to August each year. It’s the only time during the year when the channels are drained for maintenance. It’s a relatively short period of time compared to other irrigation districts in Victoria. Smaller scale works and metering are also undertaken throughout the year.

In 2016, work to reduce water losses due to leaks and seepage will be carried out along more than 21km of channels in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID). This is part of a program of Winter Works worth more than $45m, which this year will include work on a number of special projects including the Swan Hill Modernisation Project, Box Creek Weir and Fish Lock.

The 2016 Winter Works will include:

  • Installation of up to 200 new meters
  • Up to 26km of pipelines to be installed
  • Works taking place across all shires in the GMID – Campaspe, Gannawarra, Greater Shepparton, Loddon, Moira and Swan Hill; and
  • Channel remediation taking place at 13 sites, automation at 45 sites and pipelines to be built at 13 sites.

The large-scale works program is a win for irrigators, the environment and the community. The works will support regional economies by generating work for local contractors and businesses.

Local drivers are also urged to be vigilant on the roads due to increased traffic, slow earth moving equipment and the operation of heavy vehicles.

Winter Works 2015

In 2015, irrigation upgrade works valued at up to $100m were carried out in the GMID. It was one of the biggest works program for several years for the modernisation project.

It saw 73 manual channel systems replaced with state-of-the-art automated delivery systems. In addition, about 30km of channel was upgraded to reduce water losses from leaks and seepage.

In addition, 56 pipelines were built to deliver water to farmers more efficiently. This boost to local economies is valued at about $6.2m per week or $1.25m per day, based on 80 working days.