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The Con­nec­tions project has in­stalled 6511 mod­ernised me­ters, re­me­di­ated 245 km of chan­nel and de­com­mis­sioned al­most 1000 km of chan­nel. Con­nec­tions Project Con­trol Group chair Peter McMana­mon said crews had been work­ing on up to 100 sites across the Goul­burn Murray Ir­ri­ga­tion Dis­trict, and they were hir­ing local con­trac­tors and com­pa­nies wher­ever pos­si­ble. ‘‘Win­ter works this year fo­cused on chan­nel re­me­di­a­tion, in­stal­la­tion of pipe­lines, mod­ernising me­ters and in­stalling au­to­ma­tion,’’ Mr McMana­mon said. ‘‘The fo­cus is now on rolling out re­con­fig­u­ra­tion plans for about 60 per cent of works that they are im­ple­ment­ing. ‘‘The team is con­tin­u­ing to progress well and has al­ready de­liv­ered about 20 per cent of the desk­top con­cept re­con­fig­u­ra­tion plans as part of their con­tract.’’ Mr McMana­mon said the project was con­cen­trat­ing on more trans­parency in de­ci­sion mak­ing by pub­lish­ing op­er­at­ing rules and a new landowner guide, and show­ing chan­nel-by­chan­nel as­sess­ments on the web­site.

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