Connections info shared

By Country News on December 02, 2015

Goulburn-Murray Water is encouraging its customers to attend one of 26 public drop-in sessions across the region to talk about the Connections Project.

The one-on-one sessions will provide landowners with information about their progress in the Connections Project and the recent independent GHD review.

The first of the public drop-in sessions occurred on Monday in Rochester, Cobram and Cohuna.

During this week and next, sessions will be held throughout the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District, finishing on Friday, December 4 in Boort, Nathalia and Rochester.

G-MW managing director John Calleja said the review found the Connections Project was crucial to the sustainability and growth of our communities.

‘‘The $2billion project plays a key role in Victoria’s contribution to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan,’’ Mr Calleja said.

‘‘It ensures water for the environment is delivered through savings generated through irrigation upgrades, not water buy-backs.’’

The independent GHD review found fundamental changes need to be made to the project to ensure it can achieve its goals of generating water savings by creating a world-leading delivery system that boosts irrigator productivity.

Mr Calleja said the public drop-in sessions would also ensure landowners were given information on how the Victorian and Commonwealth governments — along with G-MW — will consult with key stakeholders, irrigator and industry representatives to ensure they have a say on the future direction of the project.

The remaining public drop-in sessions will occur in Numurkah, Kyabram, Kerang, Shepparton, Pyramid Hill, Echuca, Swan Hill, Numurkah, Boort and Nathalia.

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By Country News on December 02, 2015

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