Goulburn-Murray Water has announced a large international contractor will deliver a large portion of Connections projects works this winter.
Connections Project Control Group chair Mike Walsh and G-MW managing director Pat Lennon announced John Holland would deliver the works, including the installation of 430 channel regulators and 60km of channel remediation.
They will also work on 3700 meters, which will be replaced, rationalised or retained.
‘‘Today’s announcement is the culmination of a huge amount of work done to re-set the G-MW Connections project,’’ Mr Walsh said.
‘‘We’re getting on with the job of delivering this vital infrastructure for GMID irrigators.
‘‘John Holland will hit the ground running by constructing part of this year’s G-MW winter works program, ensuring more farmers are benefiting from state-of-the-art irrigation water delivery.’’
Mr Lennon said the delivery of a major portion of the works by a qualified and experienced contractor was a major part of the re-set delivery plan.
‘‘Our customers will soon see substantial activity right across the region, boosting local economies and farm efficiency, as we continue to roll out the Connections project,’’ Mr Lennon said.
Project director Frank Fisseler said John Holland, together with the project’s internal delivery team, could now focus on implementing the new landowner engagement process, which included reconfiguration of G-MW’s water delivery system.
‘‘Through our consultation sessions and Stakeholder Consultative Committee, we know the importance to landowners of regular communications and listening to local knowledge and advice at every step,’’ Mr Fisseler said.
He said a new Landowner Guide and supporting Operational Rules have been published on the project’s website so landowners could easily understand the new engagement process.
G-MW Connections Project Stakeholder Consultative Committee chair Richard Anderson welcomed the announcement and he hoped farmers would soon see substantial activity right across the region, boosting local economies and farm efficiency, without further delay.
Mooroopna orchardist and Connections Project Stakeholder Consultative Committee member Peter Hall said irrigators would be relieved to see the Connections project completed.
‘‘It is essential that the GMID has a modernised irrigation system that can deliver water to irrigators at the levels and reliability that is needed for future agricultural requirements,’’ Mr Hall said.
‘‘A completed modernisation project will give future agricultural investors confidence that the GMID region is the premier region for sustainable food production in Australia.’’