Water

Farmers connect to project

By Country News

Installing pipeline and connecting landowners to the automated, state-of-the-art irrigation delivery network will be the focus for this year’s Connections project program of works.

Project director Frank Fisseler said backbone channel remediation and regulator installation works were nearing completion, with the project team now focusing on channel decommissioning, pipeline installation and individual on-farm works packages across the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.

‘‘Landowners, contractors and project team members continue to work together to conceive designs that efficiently connect irrigators to the upgraded network of irrigation channels,’’ Mr Fisseler said.

‘‘Complex and unique solutions are often the result, so that some of the nation’s most innovative landowners can leverage the network’s smarter, on-farm irrigation systems and technology.

‘‘We are seeing farm businesses expand, innovate and diversify in response to the secure water supply via this efficient system.’’

Mr Fisseler said with more than 80 per cent of the project completed, it was on target to achieve its key objective of a total of 429Gl of water savings by October 2020.