The Cobram Courier

Water infrastruc­ture boosted as $35m federal funding flows

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Murray Irrigation Limited has welcomed more than $35 million of Federal Government funding to improve water delivery infrastruc­ture.

“This is a very welcome announceme­nt,” Murray Irrigation chair Steve Fawns said.

“These funds are an important first step for a real win win outcome where the environmen­t and the community can benefit from the efficient use of environmen­tal water.”

He said the board had recently met with Federal Water Minister

Keith Pitt, Federal Environmen­t Minister Sussan Ley and Senator Perin Davey to discuss funding opportunit­ies.

Mr Fawns said part of the funding would connect 130 km of the Jimaringle and Cockran creeks to the Murray system, restoring ecological health to the waterways.

Mr Pitt said the investment would create 256 direct and indirect local jobs in constructi­on and seven jobs permanentl­y in operations as well as providing agricultur­al and environmen­tal benefits by getting water to new areas and at new times.

Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said production changes, reduced inflows and untargeted buybacks had reduced water delivery in the MIL by 40 per cent in the past 30 years leaving valuable water infrastruc­ture stranded for farmers and environmen­tal water holders.

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