Federal Government hands down millions for local project.

Irrigation infrastructure sees a boost!

14 June 2018

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The Coalition Government has announced over three million in funding to modernise water infrastructure in our region.


Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Keith Pitt joining Mallee MP Andrew Broad, Mildura MP Peter Crisp, and Lower Murray Water to make the announcement.


The project will invoke the construction of an 80 mega litre dam at Merbein West, as well as new channel off take and gravity pipe connection between Merbein channel and storage.


The works will also focus on storage and upgrade pipeline termination structures at Merbein West and Red Cliffs.


The announcement is hoped to build on the Government's 2016 investment of $103 million towards the first phase of the Sunraysia Modernization project.


Phase two of the project will boost water supply to 8652 hectares of land, and allow Lower Murray Water to deliver up to 25,000 mega liters of water for irrigation agriculture each year.


The scheme is expected to create up to thirty indirect jobs, and generate around sixteen million of economic activity for the State.


The works are expected to support production of a range of irrigated crops, including lucerne hay; oaten hay, almonds, as well as wine and table grapes.

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