Opportunity to tap into South West Loddon Pipeline

Published on 01 September 2016

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Northern Grampians Shire Council is encouraging property owners in the north east corner of the shire to investigate whether they are in close proximity to the South West Loddon Pipeline Project and therefore able to join the scheme and receive a water supply.

GWMWater is currently seeking expressions of interest from landholders in the Loddon Shire Council region looking to tap into the pipeline, which will connect the Wimmera-Glenelg system in the west with the larger Goulburn system in north central Victoria.

Construction of stage one of the 1,300 kilometre of stock and domestic pipeline in the south west of the Loddon Shire commenced on 5 July 2016.

The $80.6 million scheme will provide a secure water supply to more than 630 rural properties in the Loddon Shire that currently rely on local rainfall and catchment dams for their farms.

Councillor Tony Driscoll said Northern Grampians Shire residents close to the pipeline should lodge an expression of interest form with GWMWater.

“The trunk of the pipeline will be out of St Arnaud allowing properties adjoining to connect but there are no current plans for any properties either side to be serviced by it,” he said.

“GWMWater’s expression of interest process is a fantastic opportunity for our rural property owners in this area to express their interest in reducing their current reliance on water carting.

“If there is sufficient interest from landholders, GWMWater will explore options to extend pipelines off the current Wimmera Mallee or proposed South West Loddon pipelines to provide a more reliable water supply for these landholders.  ”

Cr Drisoll said property owners could download an expression of interest form from the GWMWater website, http://www.gwmwater.org.au/services/rural/south-west-loddon-pipeline