Construction of Stage 2 of the South West Loddon Pipeline begins!
Construction of the second stage of the South West Loddon Pipeline is well underway and will deliver vital water to communities, households and farmers in the Project area including Skinners Flat, Fiery Flat, Arnold, Bridgewater, Powlett, East Gowar, Wedderburn South and Kurting.
GWMWater and contractor Mitchell Water have completed field investigations and finalised the design of the South West Loddon Pipeline Project and environmental and cultural heritage approvals have been received to enable construction of the pipeline throughout the project footprint.
Pipe continues to be delivered and installed to the site in the areas surrounding St Arnaud and Wedderburn.
Land access arrangements and consultation is currently underway with landowners expected to be impacted by construction of the pipeline.
The design for the South West Loddon Pipeline includes:
- approximately 1,300 km of water supply pipeline
- supply to over 260 rural farming enterprises
- supply to over 370 lifestyle properties
- Supply over an area of 2,900 km2
Properties within the project area currently rely on local rainfall and catchment dams for their homes and farms. The South West Loddon Pipeline will deliver security of water supply as well as provide economic benefits in the area.
The South West Loddon Pipeline is expected to be completed by mid-2019.
If you have any questions about the South West Loddon Pipeline or connecting to it, please contact us on 1300 659 961.
See where the South West Loddon water pipes are planned to be located in your area by accessing this linked map:
Stage 1 - Completed
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
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Rural landholders within the project boundary shown on the map below maybe eligible to connect to the pipeline.
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).