Upgrades to the Kyneton Recycled Water Irrigation project, a 14km pipeline network that connects the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant to landowners and businesses in the Bendigo region, is now complete, delivering up to 300ML of recycled water for agricultural irrigation. 

The $7.5 million pipeline was jointly 50:50 funded by the Federal Government through the National Water Grid Fund and Coliban Water.

Federal Minister for the Environment and Water, Tanya Plibersek, said, “Australians know how precious our water resources are. The more we can recycle and reuse our water, the better for our environment and for industry and agriculture.

“Kyneton Recycled Water Irrigation is a great example of how wastewater can be recycled for another use.”

Ms Plibersek said as well as reusing water resources, this project is boosting the region’s agricultural potential by irrigating clover to be used as livestock feed.

“The Kyneton pipeline is the first of a set of projects under the Victoria Connections Package – helping deliver secure, affordable and reliable water to rural and regional Victoria,” Ms Pilbersek said.

The pipeline network will provide a boost to agricultural productivity in the region, initially helping to irrigate 60ha of previously dry farmland.

Crofton Park, in the South Grampians, is the first property to benefit from the Class C recycled water, which is approved by the Victorian Environment Protection Authority for use in agricultural irrigation. The recycled water will be used to grow clover, which is feed for livestock.

The 60ha farm was selected after a land capability assessment and a commitment from the owner to partner with Coliban Water over the long term.

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said, “This is an issue that was raised with me when I was first elected and I’m proud to be part of a government that puts the needs of regional communities at the forefront of what we do. Helping to deliver secure and reliable water to the Kyneton region is an example of us taking action. 

“Kyneton needs a secure water supply to support our agricultural industry. Thinking outside the box to use recycled wastewater is helping achieve this by getting water out to our farms, landowners and businesses. 

“Instead of this wastewater going to waste, it’s great to see this now complete pipeline network channelling water to where it’s needed most.”

The pipeline will service the growing Kyneton community until 2040, helping to future-proof water supply in the region.

Victorian Minister for Water, Harriet Shing, said, “This project will deliver water security for the Kyneton community and farmers, giving confidence to our agricultural communities, for jobs, and for liveability.

“Recycled water is diversifying our water sources and helping to secure sustainable water supplies for our growing regions without putting pressure on drinking water supply.

“We’re investing in recycled water infrastructure across the state, to ensure our towns and cities are prepared for the changing climate and making the most of our precious resources.”

Kyneton Recycled Water Irrigation is the first project to be completed under the $46.3 million Victoria Connections Package, jointly funded by the Federal and Victorian Governments and other partners.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, said, “It’s crucial towns such as Kyneton have water infrastructure to meet their growing needs now and into the future, while protecting the local environment.

“I congratulate the project partners for completing such a crucial community and environment-focused project, and I look forward to seeing the benefits it brings to this region in the future.

“The completion of the final stage of works is an important milestone signalling change for the Kyneton community and the Campaspe River.”

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