1,600 Km Pipeline Project For East Grampians Farmers Announced

1,600 Km Pipeline Project For East Grampians Farmers Announced

Victoria Minister for Water Lisa Neville

Water Security For East Grampians Farming Communities

Victor P Taffa

Water is set to flow to rural farms and properties in the East Grampians region, thanks to a multi-million-dollar investment in a new pipeline from the Andrews Government.

Meeting with local farmers at Mt. Langi Ghiran Vineyard today, Minister Neville announced $32 Million to fund Victoria’s share of the $85.2 Million East Grampians Water Supply Project, delivered as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19.

“These communities have been doing it tough in recent years due to drought. That’s why we’re delivering the water security these landholders, farmers and towns need and have been calling for.” Minister for Water Lisa Neville said.

Farms and businesses like this vineyard would benefit from a more secure water supply, which will reduce operating costs and improve productivity.

Importantly, the project will also give farms and businesses more certainty about their future, allowing them to make long-term decisions including planting more crops, buying more stock or investing in equipment.

This project will build 1,600 km of stock and domestic pipeline for up to 530,000 ha of land in the Grampians region, delivering a secure water supply to properties and farmers who currently have to rely on their own dams and carting water.

Pipeline will supply water to agricultural areas surrounding Ararat, and some sections of the Pyrenees and Northern Grampians Shires, where a more secure water supply will improve agricultural production and support local economies and local jobs.

Pipeline project has been backed by the Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water Board and the Project Steering Committee, which includes local council, government agencies and relevant Catchment Management Authorities.

“A secure water supply means farmers can plan for the future and provides certainty to farming businesses. It will help reduce operating costs, increase revenue and provides opportunities to grow their farming enterprises.” Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said.

In 2016, Minister Neville visited the region to announce the feasibility study for the pipeline, as part of the State Government’s broader response to the drought.

Construction is expected to start at the end of next year and is likely to take around 3 years.