Victoria Minister for Water Lisa Neville
Connecting Central North-West Victoria To The Water Grid
Victor P Taffa
Thousands of people across central north-west Victoria now have reliable stock and domestic water supply with the completion of the South West Loddon Pipeline project.
Newly completed pipeline provides secure reticulated water supply to more than 1,500 rural properties over 2,900 s/km surrounding Inglewood, Newbridge, St. Arnaud and Wedderburn, for the first time.
Minister for Water Lisa Neville and Premier Daniel Andrews visited the then drought hit region in 2015 and met with communities to discuss what support was needed, including secure water supply for the south-west Loddon region. The next year they returned to announce $40 Million towards the landmark $88.9 Million project.
“I’m proud to have delivered this significant project for the community, with the pipeline providing water security to the region for the first time ever.” Minister for Water Lisa Neville said.
“Completion of the pipeline is a major milestone. I thank local Farmers Federal members and everyone in the community who advocated for the project and worked with us to deliver it, it will bring big benefits for the region.”
Project is helping communities who have battled severe drought in recent years, and the impacts of climate change, by significantly increasing the region’s water security.
A secure water supply for the South West Loddon area will deliver economic benefits for the surrounding communities by supporting activity and employment in the local farming and intensive livestock sectors.
Project reduces the regions reliance on water carting during dry times supporting the agricultural sector that underpins the viability of the area.
Completion of the 1,300-km South West Loddon Pipeline is another landmark in delivering the Victorian Government’s Water for Victoria plan.
Project also improves regional water resource management by interconnecting the Wimmera-Glenelg system with the Goulburn system, helping to boost the agricultural sector that underpins the area’s economic growth.
$88.9 Million project was jointly funded by the Victorian Government ($40 Million), Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water and landowners ($28.9 Million) and Federal Government ($20 Million).