The Swan Hill community can expect to see action along the No.9 Channel with decommissioning works now in full swing.
The works are being completed as part of the Swan Hill Modernisation Project, which is part of the $2 billion Connections Project.
Project Manager Kendall Atkinson said the project team had now successfully constructed about 8km of pipeline and installed two new pump stations.
“All of the work to connect landowners to the modernised delivery network was completed during the winter shutdown,” Mr Atkinson said.
“This ensured no impact on landowners’ water needs and we had everyone reconnected by the start of the irrigation season.
“Now – the Swan Hill community can expect to see earthmoving equipment working on the No.9 channel site as we decommission the channel from Werril to Karinie Sts.
”Decommissioning works on the Werril, Gray, Rutherford, Butterworth and Karinie St bridges are now complete and work on the remaining bridges and structures is underway. There will be detours in place while these works occur and the Project and contractor Ward Bros Earthmoving are working to minimise any disruptions.
“We’re asking members of the community to please understand this is a construction site and to keep out of restricted areas to ensure their safety,” he said.
Connections Project Director Frank Fisseler said the project was a great outcome for the Swan Hill community and landowners who would benefit from a more efficient water delivery network.
“The Connections Project is a $2 billion project, funded by the Victorian and Australian governments to ensure the future prosperity of the region,” Mr Fisseler said.
“It’s the largest irrigation modernisation project in the country and is generating water savings by creating a world-leading delivery network.”
A dedicated hotline has been set up for enquiries about the Swan Hill Modernisation Project works. Phone (03) 5036 6205 for more information.