The Connection Project’s peak construction and in-channel works usually take place from May to August each year. It’s the only time during the year when the channels are drained for maintenance. It’s a relatively short period of time compared to other irrigation districts in Victoria. Smaller scale works and metering are also undertaken throughout the year.
Winter Works 2017
A $100 million winter works program is being rolled out across the GMID.
Project major contractor John Holland has mobilised resources across the region and will:
Remediate 33km channel across 17 sites
Install automation at 271 sites
Install 35km pipeline across seven sites, and
Undertake works on more than 500 meters.
The map below shows the distribution of works across each irrigation area. You can also download the map as a PDF.
Winter Works 2016
In 2016, work to reduce water losses due to leaks and seepage was carried out along more than 21km of channels in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District (GMID). This was part of a program of Winter Works worth more than $45m, which this year will include work on a number of special projects including the Swan Hill Modernisation Project, Box Creek Weir and Fish Lock.
The 2016 Winter Works included the installation of up to 200 new meters; up to 26km of pipelines to be installed; works taking place across all shires in the GMID – Campaspe, Gannawarra, Greater Shepparton, Loddon, Moira and Swan Hill; and Channel remediation taking place at 13 sites, automation at 45 sites and pipelines to be built at 13 sites.
The large-scale works program is a win for irrigators, the environment and the community. The works will support regional economies by generating work for local contractors and businesses.
Winter Works 2015
In 2015, we completed one of the biggest works program for several years for the modernisation project.
It saw 73 manual channel systems replaced with state-of-the-art automated delivery systems. In addition, about 30km of channel was upgraded to reduce water losses from leaks and seepage.
In addition, 56 pipelines were built to deliver water to farmers more efficiently. This boost to local economies is valued at about $6.2m per week or $1.25m per day, based on 80 working days.