Works inspected

By Country News

Project stakeholders were given a first-hand look at some of the $2billion Connections project’s most impressive structures during a recent tour.

The tour covered some of the project’s works in the Torrumbarry Irrigation Area, including a large pump station suppling about 20 landowners on two different pipelines through six submersible pumps — all controlled remotely.

It also visited Box Creek Weir, which was completed to generate more reliable irrigation flows to Box and Pyramid creeks.

The structure, made of 1240cubic metres of concrete and 300tonnes of steel, has a capacity to deliver up to about 2500Ml per day through its four irrigation gates.

Connections project acting early contractor involvement manager Daniel Arnold said last year’s Winter Works program was one of the largest in the Connections project’s history.

Across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District, more than 33km of irrigation channel was upgraded, more than 35km of pipeline was installed, more than 500 outlets were upgraded or rationalised and more than 250 channel automation sites were installed.

In the Torrumbarry irrigation region alone, more than 16km of pipeline was installed, 14km of channel was remediated and more than 50 sites were automated.

This year the project is undertaking a significant annual works program worth more than $200million, to improve ageing and inefficient irrigation infrastructure.