Wimmera Mallee Pipeline extension announced

Approximately 1,300 km of pipelines will be built to link the West Waranga Channel to the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline. The project is expected to cost about $80 million, which includes $40 million from the Labor Government and a $20 million contribution from Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water and landholders. Under stage two of the South West …

Approximately 1,300 km of pipelines will be built to link the West Waranga Channel to the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline.

The project is expected to cost about $80 million, which includes $40 million from the Labor Government and a $20 million contribution from Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water and landholders.

Under stage two of the South West Loddon Rural Water Supply Project, more than 260 farm businesses and 370 other rural properties will be connected to the grid, creating 134 jobs during and beyond construction.

The pipelines will deliver about 780 million litres of water to local landholders and hydrants, and standpipes will be installed at strategic locations to improve water access for emergency services and residents.

Stage one of the South West Loddon Rural Water Supply Project was announced in November 2015 and includes building 40 km of trunk pipelines and associated infrastructure such as hydrants and pump stations around Korong Vale, Wychitella, Buckrabanyule and Woosang.

Rural communities in south-west Loddon Shire are largely dependent on rainfall for their water supply and after three years of drought conditions, many rural residents have been forced to cart water for stock and domestic purposes.

“Communities around Loddon Shire have been doing it tough without reliable and secure access to water,” said Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

“Stage two will connect hundreds of properties in south-west Loddon Shire to the water grid for the first time ever, significantly increasing the region’s water security and helping local farming.”

The government also announced the Coonooer Bridge peripheral pipeline extension project, which will connect properties in and around Coonooer Bridge for the first time, including the township’s CFA station and community centre.

The $245,000 project will be jointly funded by the Labor Government and Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water and will build around 8 km of stock and domestic pipeline off the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline.

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