1 and Stage 2 of this important irrigation upgrade was undertaken
initially by the Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project (NVIRP).
NVIRP was set up as a state-owned entity established under the State Owned Enterprise Act 1992
by an Order in Council dated 20 December 2007. NVIRP was led by an
independent, skills-based Board with day-to-day stewardship the
responsibility of Chief Executive Officer.
was responsible for planning, designing, and delivering Australia's
largest irrigation modernisation project, upgrading irrigation
infrastructure in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID). The
GMID covers 68 000 square kilometres and is Australia's most extensive
irrigation network, stretching from past Swan Hill in the west to Cobram
in the east and encompassing an agricultural hub known as Victoria's
outcomes from this project will be the most significant upgrade to the
region's irrigation infrastructure in its 100-year history with
automated technology and repairs to out-dated channels enhancing water
delivery and efficiency. The project aims to recover water lost through
leakage, seepage, evaporation and system inefficiencies through channel
automation and remediation, metering upgrades and realigning the
historical layout of the irrigation channels.
is estimated that up to 900GL (Long Term Cap Equivalent) of water in
the Goulburn Murray irrigation system is lost through leaks, evaporation
and other inefficiencies. This $2 billion investment by the Federal and
Victorian Governments, Melbourne Water and Goulburn-Murray Water aims
to recover long-term average annual water savings of 425 gigalitres (GL)
and increase irrigation water use efficiency from approximately 70 per
cent to at least 85 per cent.
channel automation technology is sensitive enough to detect
discrepancies in water delivery and to identify where maintenance is
required. Critical water level and flow monitoring via automated gates
ensures precise amounts of water are delivered when and where they are
needed, shortening ordering times and providing more consistent and
reliable delivery of water to irrigators.
project will redevelop the Goulburn Murray irrigation system into a
world-class, best practice system and help secure the future of the
region's $9 billion irrigated agricultural industries and $1.53 billion
export market. The project will also enhance environmental flows and
urban water supplies.
will manage their businesses confidently knowing their water delivery
is accurate and delivered at the requested time. This confidence will
extend beyond the farm gate to support the region's future, attract
investment and business, create new jobs and contribute millions of
dollars to the local economy, further boosting regional development.
1 July 2012 the Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project was merged
with Goulburn-Murray Water (G-MW). The project will be undertaken
under the G-MW banner until its completion in 2018.