New re-set con­trac­tor

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Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter has an­nounced a large in­ter­na­tional con­trac­tor will de­liver a large por­tion of Con­nec­tions projects works this win­ter.

Con­nec­tions Project Con­trol Group chair Mike Walsh and G-MW manag­ing di­rec­tor Pat Len­non an­nounced John Hol­land would de­liver the works, in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of 430 chan­nel reg­u­la­tors and 60 km of chan­nel re­me­di­a­tion.

They will also work on 3700 me­ters, which will be re­placed, ra­tio­nalised or re­tained.

‘‘To­day’s an­nounce­ment is the cul­mi­na­tion of a huge amount of work done to re-set the G-MW Con­nec­tions project,’’ Mr Walsh said.

‘‘We’re get­ting on with the job of de­liv­er­ing this vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture for GMID ir­ri­ga­tors.

‘‘John Hol­land will hit the ground run­ning by con­struct­ing part of this year’s G-MW win­ter works pro­gram, en­sur­ing more farm­ers are ben­e­fit­ing from state-of-the-art ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter de­liv­ery.’’

Mr Len­non said the de­liv­ery of a ma­jor por­tion of the works by a qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced con­trac­tor was a ma­jor part of the re-set de­liv­ery plan.

‘‘Our cus­tomers will soon see sub­stan­tial ac­tiv­ity right across the re­gion, boost­ing lo­cal economies and farm ef­fi­ciency, as we con­tinue to roll out the Con­nec­tions project,’’ Mr Len­non said.

Project di­rec­tor Frank Fis­seler said John Hol­land, to­gether with the project’s in­ter­nal de­liv­ery team, could now fo­cus on im­ple­ment­ing the new landowner en­gage­ment process, which in­cluded re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of G-MW’s wa­ter de­liv­ery sys­tem.

‘‘Through our con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions and Stake­holder Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee, we know the im­por­tance to landown­ers of reg­u­lar com­mu­ni­ca­tions and lis­ten­ing to lo­cal knowl­edge and ad­vice at every step,’’ Mr Fis­seler said.

He said a new Landowner Guide and sup­port­ing Op­er­a­tional Rules have been pub­lished on the project’s web­site so landown­ers could eas­ily un­der­stand the new en­gage­ment process.

G-MW Con­nec­tions Project Stake­holder Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee chair Richard An­der­son wel­comed the an­nounce­ment and he hoped farm­ers would soon see sub­stan­tial ac­tiv­ity right across the re­gion, boost­ing lo­cal economies and farm ef­fi­ciency, without fur­ther de­lay.

Mooroopna or­chardist and Con­nec­tions Project Stake­holder Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee mem­ber Peter Hall said ir­ri­ga­tors would be re­lieved to see the Con­nec­tions project com­pleted.

‘‘It is es­sen­tial that the GMID has a mod­ernised ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem that can de­liver wa­ter to ir­ri­ga­tors at the lev­els and re­li­a­bil­ity that is needed for fu­ture agri­cul­tural re­quire­ments,’’ Mr Hall said.

‘‘A com­pleted mod­erni­sa­tion project will give fu­ture agri­cul­tural in­vestors con­fi­dence that the GMID re­gion is the pre­mier re­gion for sus­tain­able food pro­duc­tion in Aus­tralia.’’

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