The Federal Government has committed up to $48 million to co-fund construction of Victoria’s Western Irrigation Network, as part of its $1.5 billion National Water Infrastructure Development Fund.
Construction will see new irrigations schemes developed in the Parwan and Balliang regions of the state.
The network will provide 4200 megalitres of recycled water per year to support irrigated agriculture to help communities in the Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Balliang and Parwan areas build resilience to drought.
Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the project was good news for local growers and irrigators, who would benefit from greater water access and security.
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“This investment builds on the more than $120.8 million already committed by the Australian Government towards six other water infrastructure projects across Victoria,” Ms. Henderson said.
Other water infrastructure projects the Federal Government is funding across Victoria include:
- $20 million to build the $80.6 million South West Loddon Rural Water Supply Project
- $20 million to build the $60 million Macalister Irrigation District Phase 1B Modernisation Project
- $3.025 million to build the $7.8 million Sunraysia Modernisation Project 2
- $31.3 million for Macalister Irrigation District Modernisation Phase 2
- $32 million for East Grampians Water Supply Project
- $14.5 million for Mitiamo and District Reticulated Water Supply Project