Project on track to complete $200M annual works program

Kristin Favaloro
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The Connections Project will this year complete an annual program of works valued at more than $200 million as it accelerates towards completion in 2020.

The works are being carried out across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID) to improve and upgrade ageing infrastructure.

Project Director Frank Fisseler said the project was carrying out works year round in consultation with landowners.

“This means connecting more people to the modernised delivery network sooner,” Mr Fisseler said.

A large portion of works was recently completed during this year’s winter shut-down. This included:

· Installing more than 125 automated regulators to modernise and automate the delivery system

· Upgrading and rationalising more than 500 meter outlets across the GMID.

· Remediating more than 25km of channel to fix leakage and seepage and generate water savings.

· Constructing more than 45km of pipeline, replacing high water loss channels with more efficient and improved connections

· Decommissioning about 90km of inefficient channel that is losing water to leakage, seepage and evaporation.

“During the busy winter works period contractors have worked more than 220,000 hours to deliver works across the GMID,” Mr Fisseler said.

“Our ECI contractor John Holland had up to 500 contractors employed, of which 90 per cent are local businesses.

“This year’s significant works program shows the Reset Delivery Plan is continuing to deliver and landowners are continuing to see results. The Project is on track and on budget.”

The $2 billion Connections Project is funded by the Victorian and Australian governments to ensure the sustainable future of productive agriculture in northern Victoria.

“This is Australia’s largest irrigation modernisation project and it’s creating a world-class irrigation network in the GMID,” he said.

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