Connections Project Calls For Irrigation Expertise

25 October 2016

The landmark Connections irrigation project has released a Request for Tender (RFT) to the market for significant channel modernisation works commencing early next year.

It marks more important progress for the $2 billion project following the recent reset announcement.

The tender process will source the best irrigation expertise to get the best outcomes from the Connections investment.

More than 100 irrigators have so far had their modernisation solutions resolved – while the $47 million Winter Works program has been completed.

A record package of works is due next year – including meter upgrades, new regulators, channel remediation and pipeline construction. Over the course of the entire project, an estimated 4150km of channel will be modernised.

The Andrews Labor Government and the Connections project team have made significant changes to ensure irrigators in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District are supported during the reset, including:

  • Improved landowner engagement ensuring clarity around what to expect from Connections and when
  • Completing the project on time and on budget in line with the Reset Plan
  • Ensuring the project can finish all previously committed modernisation works
  • Maximising opportunities for experienced local contractors to participate in works and construction
  • Implement on-farm works rather than requiring landowners to carry out their own works
  • Ensuring contractors are responsible for construction – with statutory tools available when they need to reconfigure Goulburn Murray Water owned irrigation assets.

The deadline for contractors to submit an RFT is 5 December 2016. The successful contractor is due to be appointed early in 2017, while the Connections project is on track to have physical works completed by 2020.

Victoria is working to achieve water savings through investment in infrastructure to meet our obligations under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and avoid further water buybacks.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville

“The Connections tender process is an exciting step – it means we are on the road to harnessing some of Victoria’s best and most innovative irrigation expertise to push ahead with this critical project.”

“We will make early use of advice and knowledge from contractors for the best possible outcomes for irrigators.”

Quote attributable to Connections Project Director Frank Fisseler

“Engagement with landowners and the broader community is a huge part of the reset – ensuring we keep them informed every step of the way.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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