Construction of Stage 1 has now been completed and was officially opened by the Minister for Water Lisa Neville on the 13 October 2017.
Stage 1 consists of 110 km of stock and domestic pipeline servicing properties in the south west of the Loddon Shire. More than 80 landowners now have access to a secure water supply providing much needed respite after years of drought conditions.
Turning on the tap!
Minister for Water Lisa Neville officially opens Stage 1
Also pictured left to right:
Stage 2 is currently being designed and planned and will service:
- approximately 1,300 km of water supply pipeline
- over 260 rural farming enterprises
- over 370 lifestyle properties
- over an area of 2,900 km2
Properties within the Stage 2 area currently rely on local rainfall and catchment dams for their homes and farms.
GWMWater has engaged contractor Mitchell Water to deliver the design of Stage 2 of the pipeline.
GWMWater and Mitchell Water have commenced field investigations to enable design of the South West Loddon Pipeline Project. The preliminary pipeline alignments are currently being surveyed for technical, natural and cultural matters which will continue over the coming months.
Land Access Agreements and notifications are currently being sent out to all landholders within the supply area.
If you have any questions about the investigation activities or connecting to the pipeline, please contact GWMWater on 1300 659 961.
Rural landholders within the project boundary shown on the map below maybe eligible to connect to the pipeline.
See where the South West Loddon water pipes are planned to be located in your area by accessing this linked map:
Landholders outside of the area are still encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest form (1.12MB) to assist with future planning.
Benefits to the community
A secure water supply to the south west Loddon area will deliver many benefits to the community. It will:
- support activity and employment in the farming and intensive livestock sectors of this region
- reduce the current reliance on water carting
- sustain the agricultural sector that underpins the viability of this region
- provide social benefits for recreational purposes at Skinners Flat Reservoir
- enhance fire-fighting capacity in the region, and
- result in less dependence on farm storages that currently intercept water that could otherwise provide an environmental benefit to regional rivers and wetlands.
The $80.6 million South West Loddon Pipeline funded by Commonwealth and State Governments and GWMWater will also improve overall management of water resources by interconnecting the Wimmera-Glenelg system in the west with the larger Goulburn system in north central Victoria.
Read some case studies about how connecting to rural piped water has benefited landholders in our community.
Connect to the pipeline
Landholders within the project boundary are encouraged to lodge an Expression of Interest to connect to the pipeline.
Download the Expression of Interest form (1.12MB).
Pipeline in the news...
16 August 2016, Pipeline works (135kB)
Wimmera Mail Times
North Central News
The Weekly Times
The Buloke Times
2 September 2016, Pipes go in as Loddon Shire dreams of drought-proof era (external website)
Premier of Victoria
13 October 2017, Turning on the Tap, New Pipeline For Farming Businesses (external website)
2 September 2016, Loddon Shire a step closer to getting on the grid (external website)
Northern Grampians Shire Council
1 September 2016, Opportunity to tap into South West Loddon Pipeline (external website)