Loddon Shire A Step Closer To “Getting On The Grid”

Work is underway to connect the Wedderburn region to Victoria’s water grid as part of a major Andrews Labor Government project to give water security to the region’s rural communities for the first time.

Minister for Water Lisa Neville today announced progress of the $80.6 million South West Loddon Rural Water Supply Project – managed by Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water (GWMWater).

Construction of 40 kilometres of the northern trunk main has now commenced in the areas of Yeungroon East and Woosang and will extend to Buckrabanyule, Wychitella, Korong Vale and Woolshed Flat.

The extension of the Wimmera-Mallee pipeline will see construction of 1,300km of new pipelines.

After completion, the pipelines will deliver about 780 million litres of water to local landholders and hydrants – while standpipes will be installed at strategic locations to improve water access for emergency services and residents.

Planning for the next stage of the project is underway with construction to commence following necessary approvals.

GWMWater is now also seeking expressions of interest from landholders within the Loddon Shire Council region, along with landholders in the vicinity of the proposed trunk main running north of St Arnaud within the Northern Grampians Shire.

Landholders outside the project area interested in receiving a secure piped supply are also encouraged to lodge an expression of interest.

The project is a partnership between the Labor Government, Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water, Loddon Shire Council and Coliban Water.

For more information, including an Expression of Interest form, visit www.gwmwater.org.au/services/rural/south-west-loddon-pipeline

Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville

“Every Victorian community deserves water security – and this project promises to give our drought-stricken communities in the state’s north the supply they need, while also creating jobs.”

“Communities in the Wedderburn region are dependent on rainfall for their water supply – and after recent  drought conditions – many have been forced to cart water due to the dry conditions.”

“I encourage all landholders interested in connecting up to get involved and lodge their interest today.”