Peter McCamish truly believes the Connections Project is ensuring the future of our region. He says our communities were built on the irrigation delivery network and water continues to drive economic prosperity and development in our region today. “What a lot of people don’t appreciate about Northern Victoria and the GMID in particular is that while we fight pretty hard for infrastructure like roads, hospitals, schools and so forth, we are nevertheless reasonably well serviced. But if you think in layers, all that infrastructure sits on a layer of infrastructure below it, and that is the irrigation infrastructure system," Peter says.
“We could see that our irrigation system couldn’t compete, water was moving down stream and it was becoming unreliable, so we had to do something,” Peter McCamish.
Peter is a former director of SPC Ardmona and of the Northern Victorian Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP), later becoming Chairperson.
He was involved in the push for the Connections Project from the very beginning and joined a group of locals who actively lobbied for its initiation.
“We could see that our irrigation system couldn’t compete, water was moving down stream and it was becoming unreliable, so we had to do something,” he said.
“It was 100 years old in places, starting to be inappropriate for modern irrigation techniques and losing a huge amount of water - about the same amount of water that Melbourne was using in a year.
“Community attitudes were changing around the country, to the point where large volumes of water losses, were no longer going to be accepted.”