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Community and environment

The Connections Project includes a number of special projects that provide environmental benefits or complement semi urban developments.

Around $150 million has been earmarked for these special projects including Kerang Lakes, Gunbower Lagoons, Swan Hill, East of Echuca, Cohuna and Shepparton East. To date, the Cohuna Channel Remediation Project and the Shepparton East Project are largely complete.

Gunbower Lagoons Modernisation Project

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Gunbower is part of an environmental water savings project. It aims to investigate the environmental structure of Taylor Lagoon.

The project will also connect more than 100 customers to a reliable water supply.

Taylor Lagoon provides habitat for species of flora and fauna and other vulnerable and endangered species.

It will help protected bird species that feed in the area.

For more information phone the Project Manager Paul Lacy on 1800 013 357 or email

The Swan Hill Modernisation Project is designed to generate positive environmental outcomes, deliver on water savings and improve the standard of service for irrigators in the Swan Hill Irrigation Region.

The estimated long-term average water savings achieved by the Swan Hill Modernisation project are 2,360 ML/year.

Swan Hill Modernisation Project


The project encompasses three phases:

  • the lowering of the Little Murray River
  • the decommissioning of the number 9 channel in the city of Swan Hill, and
  • the reconfiguration of the Tyntynder irrigation area north west of Swan Hill.

Click here for the latest news on the Swan Hill Modernisation Project.

For more information phone the Project Manager on 1800 013 357.

Kerang Lakes Bypass Project

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The Kerang Lakes Bypass Project is a water savings project designed to generate positive environmental outcomes.

After an extensive investigation, only one of the five lakes, Third Reedy Lake,  has been recommended for a channel bypass.

The bypass channel will introduce a new water regime to Third Reedy Lake that will improve the ecological condition of the lake and return   1.6 GL of water savings to the Commonwealth.

The Kerang Lakes are listed under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.

The project will restore habitat for aquatic flora and fauna, improve water bird breeding and feeding opportunities and manage pest plants and animals.

Referrals under both the State Environment Effects Act 1978 and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 are currently progressing.

For more information phone the Project Manager Pat Feehan on 1800 013 357 or email

East of Echuca Project

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The East of Echuca Project is a ‘Special Project’ within the Connections program that aims to provide water efficiency savings in a complex mixed-use area.

The channel system running through the area is in desperate need of repair, with large seepage, leakage and evaporation losses up to 1250 ML.

The project is split into two Strategic Connections Projects: Rochester 10 and Central Goulburn 45B.

The project is proposing to change the way GMW delivers water to customers in the area while achieving efficiency savings and supply for landowners.

For more information phone the Project Manager Babsita Van Tubbergh on 1800 013 357 or email