Victorian water programmes in the Murray-Darling Basin
Current programmes and projects
Victorian Farm Modernisation project
The Commonwealth is providing up to $100 million for the Victorian Farm Modernisation project to support on-farm irrigation infrastructure upgrades on approximately 450 farms in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District. At least 55% of the water savings generated by the project will be transferred to the Commonwealth for environmental use while the remaining 45% will be retained by irrigators. The project will be aligned with the Goulburn-Murray Water Connections project, which is supporting a major modernisation of the irrigation system within the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District. See Victorian Farm Modernisation project—Victoria for details.
Sunraysia Modernisation project
The $103 million Sunraysia Modernisation project will deliver an integrated body of works to modernise irrigation infrastructure across the Mildura, Red Cliffs and Merbein irrigation districts in the Sunraysia region of northern Victoria. The project will return 7 GL of high reliability water savings to the environment on average over the long-term every year and assist irrigators in the Sunraysia region to achieve water efficiency gains, minimise costs and grow higher value crops all year round. See Sunraysia Modernisation project—Victoria for more details.
Goulburn Murray Water Connections project Stage 2
The $953 million GMW Connections project Stage 2 (formerly NVIRP2) is the largest Australia Government investment in irrigation infrastructure. The project involves the modernisation of channels, replacement or removal of meter outlets, and creation of new direct connections for customers currently connected to distribution and spur channels.
Water savings of 204 GL on average over the long-term every year will be generated by the project for the environment, of which 102 GL will be transferred to the Commonwealth under this project and the remaining 102 GL will be purchased by the Commonwealth under the Water Purchase Agreement (2011) between the State of Victoria and the Commonwealth.
- Water Management Partnership Agreement between the Commonwealth and Victoria—2010
- Basin-wide water programmes in the Murray-Darling Basin
Completed programmes and projects
Wimmera Mallee pipeline project
The Wimmera Mallee pipeline project involved replacing 17,500 km of open water channels with 8,800 km of pipeline. The project was co-funded across a number of Commonwealth water programmes and the Victorian Government, including $99 million from the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program. Construction of the pipeline is complete.
Water Management Partnership Agreement for Victoria
In 2010 a Water Management Partnership Agreement was completed between the Commonwealth and Victoria.