Next stage of Werribee irrigation project begins

Works on stage two of the Werribee Irrigation District upgrade in Victoria will soon begin to replace aging channel systems with pipeline and bringing benefits to local growers and irrigators.

Beginning in June 2018, up to 12km of aging channel systems will be replaced with pipeline as part of the project.

The project will replace aging channels, improve efficiency and will save around 5000ML of water annually.

Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas, announced the completion of stage one of the works during which pipes were laid from the Princes Freeway to Aviation Road.

Mr Pallas said stage two works – which will start from near Aviation Road and continue along part of Diggers Road and O’Connors Road – will be finished by September 2018.

“We are pleased to work in partnership with Werribee growers to deliver these important works for a vital industry that is providing $180 million to the economy every year,” Mr Pallas said.

The State Government and Southern Rural Water’s Werribee customers have supplied funding of $21 million for the first three stages of the works, which are due for completion by the end of 2019.

The overall cost of the project’s five stages, to lay 40km of pipeline, has been estimated at $31.3 million.

Both the State Government and Southern Rural Water have called on the Federal Government to provide the remaining funds needed to complete the project, through its National Water Infrastructure Development Fund. 

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