Gannawarra Shire CEO Eric Braslis has toured Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) Connections Project works to see firsthand how the project is delivering positive outcomes for local Torrumbarry irrigators and communities.
Work carried out in the Cohuna region this winter will exceed $20 million, with a number of local businesses benefiting from the significant economic activity.
Mr Braslis toured one of the Connections Project’s largest water saving pipeline projects, which is expected to generate 4.2 gigalitres in water savings each year.
Works in the area have replaced eight channels with pipeline in the Torrumbarry irrigation area and a further seven channels have undergone remediation or on-farm work to reduce water loss and improve sustainability for the irrigation network.
The works are located between Cohuna and Leitchville, servicing a large dairy region.
Mr Braslis toured the Torrumbarry pipeline works progress with Connections Project team members during construction.
“It is fantastic to see how much activity is happening within the Shire and the significant investment the GMW Connections Project is making to improve water supply to our agricultural industries,” Mr Braslis said.
“With dozens of large excavators and many more contractors on-site, it’s also providing a huge boost to the local economy which is pleasing to see.”
The project was initiated and developed by the Connections Project team in 2016, with works carried out by contractor John Holland Group during the winter works period this year.
The project required a lot of heavy machinery operating in the area.
Project Director Frank Fisseler said it was great to see interest in the project from communities and organisations across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID).
“There has been so much happening during our Winter Works program this year and it will mean more irrigators will benefit from the modernisation this season,” Mr Fisseler said.
“Projects like these are really important to connect irrigators in the GMID to a more efficient, automated water delivery network.
“It’s great to see they are creating positive outcomes for the Gannawarra Shire region.”
Mr Fisseler also thanked Gannawarra Shire Council for their support on the project.
In September 2016, Minister for Water Lisa Neville officially re-set the project to provide a way forward for the $2 billion Connections Project to secure the future of the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District for generations to come.