The Federal Government has committed up to $48 million to co-fund construction of the Western Irrigation Network in Victoria.
The project will deliver a new irrigation scheme in the Parwan and Balliang regions. The network will provide 4200 megalitres of recycled water each year to support irrigated agriculture.
This will help communities in the Melton, Bacchus Marsh, Balliang and Parwan areas build resilience to drought.
As part of the Federal Government’s $1.5 billion National Water Infrastructure Development Fund this project will play its part in creating critical water infrastructure across the country.
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.
“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
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