Our 2017 winter works program is in full swing during the irrigation shutdown period to complete a range of works across our region.
This includes GMW works such as channel bank remodelling, rock armouring and asset upgrades and Connections Project works, which will see $100 million spent to continue vital modernisation of our delivery network.
This year’s GMW capital works program will include more than $8 million of channel remodelling, rock armouring and upgrades to about 40 GMW structures.
It includes replacement of large road bridges, road culverts, occupation culverts and drainage subways at a cost of about $5.8 million.
It will see about 11km of channel bank remodelling and 18km of rock armouring, at a cost of $2.9 million.
The GMW winter works is a similar size program to that of 2016, and works are spread across each of the six irrigation areas.
To complement this, the Connections Project program of works will see remediation of 33km of channel across 17 sites, installation of automation at 271 sites, 35km of pipeline works across seven sites and works on more than 500 meter outlets.
Minister for Water Lisa Neville visited the region on June 9 to announce the Connections winter works package. This will see more irrigators benefit from a modernised delivery network, and farming businesses benefit from an automated water delivery system that is driving improved productivity.
Peter McManamon has also been welcomed as the new Connections Project Control Group chair as Mike Walsh steps down from the role. Mr McManamon is a veteran of the water sector with over 35 years’ experience in guiding large water infrastructure projects across regional Australia including delivering the Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline Project.
As our busy winter works program continues, please remember to make alternative arrangements for water supply during the irrigation shutdown period (May 15 - August 15). This is due to some channels being drained to allow works to take place.
For information on channels being drained in your area please visit your local Customer Service Centre or phone 1800 013 357.
In areas of aquatic weed treatment programs, some water may remain in the channel but this will be treated water and not fit for use. It’s important to remember that water supplied from the channel network is only guaranteed during the irrigation season.
We’re also asking everyone to take care on the roads due to more traffic, earth-moving equipment and heavy vehicles operating in the region as works take place.