The $2 billion Connections Project has begun its winter works program to deliver a $200 million boost to the water infrastructure in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District (GMID).
Works will include installing more than 125 automated regulators, remediating 25 kilometres of channel, constructing over 45 kilometres of pipeline and decommissioning around 90 kilometres of open channel.
The works will provide more than 500 local jobs and provide a 90 per cent local spend involving local subcontractors and suppliers to deliver a significant economic benefit.
The Connections Project is the largest irrigation modernisation project in Australia, funded by both the Federal and Victorian governments. It aims to provide benefits for the region by creating jobs for local contractors, designers, manufacturers and water related industries while also improving access to water for farmers and protecting the environment.
To ensure quality on the construction undertaken, inspection and test plans are set to be followed during the construction process, with works to follow stringent quality guidelines.