Swan Hill Modernisation Project No.9 Channel works
The Swan Hill
Modernisation Project (SHMP) is a staged, special project being carried out by
the Connections Project.
began in 2012 and so far has made significant progress. This includes upgrading
Fish Point Weir and lowering the Little Murray Weir; and installing native fish
passages at both locations.
works completed under the SHMP also include converting the No. 9 Channel off-take
from the Little Murray Weir to a pump station, upgrading the No. 10 pump
station and constructing an interconnector between the No.9 and No. 10 channels
north of Swan Hill.
In May 2018,
we began construction on the final stages of the SHMP – the No. 9 Channel
decommissioning. Changing irrigation needs in the Swan Hill Rural City means
the No. 9 Channel is no longer required. We will replace it with a modernised
delivery system, which will deliver water more efficiently to landowners, whilst
generating water savings.
includes constructing a northern and southern pump station and approximately
8km of HDPE pipeline to supply customers around the Swan Hill township area.
This will result in approximately 10km of open channel, which will be
decommissioned and backfilled.
to carry out the majority of the construction works during our annual winter
works period from May to August. Some final works following channel
decommission will carry into late spring/early summer.
appointed Rochester-based company Ward Bros Earthmoving to carry out the work.
Ward Bros have begun mobilising to site in preparation while the channel is
drawn down following the end of the irrigation season, with major works to
begin soon after.
We have a
dedicated hotline for the No. 9 Channel works - should you have any questions
or queries, please phone: (03) 5036 6205.