Work has commenced on Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water’s (GWMWater) $80.6 million South West Loddon Rural Water Supply Project, which will connect the Wedderburn region to the Victorian water grid for the first time.
Construction of 40km of the northern trunk main has begun in the areas of Yeungroon East and Woosang and will extend to Buckrabanyule, Wychitella, Korong Vale and Woolshed Flat.
The extension of the Wimmera-Mallee pipeline will see construction of 1,300km of new pipelines.
After completion, the pipelines will deliver about 780 million litres of water to local landholders and hydrants – while standpipes will be installed at strategic locations to improve water access for emergency services and residents.
Victorian Minister for Water Lisa Neville said the project would ensure water security in the region.
“Every Victorian community deserves water security – and this project promises to give our drought-stricken communities in the state’s north the supply they need, while also creating jobs,” Ms Neville said.
“Communities in the Wedderburn region are dependent on rainfall for their water supply – and after recent drought conditions – many have been forced to cart water due to the dry conditions.
“I encourage all landholders interested in connecting up to get involved and lodge their interest today.”
Planning for the next stage of the project is underway with construction to commence following necessary approvals.
GWMWater is also seeking expressions of interest from landholders within the Loddon Shire Council region, along with landholders in the vicinity of the proposed trunk main running north of St Arnaud within the Northern Grampians Shire.
Landholders outside the project area interested in receiving a secure piped supply are also encouraged to lodge an expression of interest.
The South West Loddon Rural Water Supply Project is a partnership between the Labor Government, Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water, Loddon Shire Council and Coliban Water.