Goulburn-Murray Water halfway through Winter Works program

By Jamie Salter

Goulburn-Murray Water is halfway through its $2.5 million Winter Works program, with maintenance and refurbishment work undertaken by local businesses and regional contractors.

The works are taking place across the irrigation delivery network in the winter shutdown period, in preparation for the opening of the 2020-21 irrigation season on Saturday, August 15.

G-MW infrastructure delivery services general manager Warren Jose said the regular maintenance works would keep the delivery system running efficiently to meet irrigation demands.

“Many of the contractors, labour hire and casuals we’re using in our Winter Works program are based in the region, which means a significant amount of money is being spent with local businesses,” Mr Jose said.

“We would like to thank everyone for their hard work on the Winter Works program, and we’re really pleased to be able to invest in the local economy — particularly during what is a difficult time for many businesses in the region.”

Until the opening of the irrigation season in August, there will be more traffic on local roads as G-MW staff, contractors and suppliers, travel to and from local work sites with heavy, slow-moving machinery.

“With fog and the wetter conditions of winter, we’re asking for the assistance and understanding of the local community as we carry out these projects so important to efficient water delivery and the prosperity of our region,” Mr Jose said.

The 2020 Winter Works program includes:

● Remodelling 2.3 km of channel to reduce ongoing and future maintenance costs.

● Replacement or refurbishment of 25 structures, including road crossings, bridges and culverts.

● Installation and replacement of 29 metered outlets across the region.

● Railway crossing upgrade at Byrneside.

● Taylors Creek channel remodelling.

● Tungamah pipeline pump station refurbishment.

● De-silting of silt-affected channels with 12 excavators in use across the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District.

● Upper Deakin Drainage program to remove obstructions throughout the course.