Along with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Ararat Rural City Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council and the Pyrenees Shire Council, a business case has been developed to extend the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline to provide water to the farm gate in the region surrounding Ararat where groundwater and surface catchments are unreliable.
If sufficient funding is available for the project, a pipeline extension will reach into agricultural areas where traditionally there has been reliable rainfall. With the prospect of an ongoing drier climate, agricultural productivity and growth would be enhanced in this region by the installation of a reticulated water delivery network.
A piped water supply would also provide ongoing water security for townships in the region as well as significant economic, social, recreational and environmental benefits to the region.
The Project Steering Committee has endorsed the business case and formally submitted it to government for funding in September 2017. As of February 2018, there has been no commitment from government to fund the project.
Newsletter - East Grampians Rural Pipeline - Project Overview (2.8MB , 2 pages)
Landholders still interested in the project that haven’t registered an expression of interest are still encouraged to do so.
The project area to be investigated encompasses approximately 3,650 square kilometres of land east of the Grampians. The area under investigation extends around Ararat, past Willaura and just north of Lake Bolac, then across to Westmere and Streatham, as far east as the Eurambeen-Streatham Road.
The area under consideration falls mainly within the boundaries of the Ararat Rural City Council, with some areas of the Pyrenees Shire and Northern Grampians Shire being considered with the final area being largely determined by the extent of landholder interest.
Landholders outside of the area are still encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest for the East Grampians Rural Pipeline (966kB, 2 pages) to assist with future planning.
Benefits to the community
A pipeline providing water to currently unserviced areas could:
- allow existing agricultural enterprises to consolidate and expand knowing they have access to a reliable, high quality water supply 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- encourage new enterprises and investment to the region with the certainty of continued access to water.
- improve the security and quality of water supply to the townships of Maroona, Westmere, Streatham, Tatyoon and Ross Bridge.
- increase environmental/cultural benefits associated with local landscapes, waterways and wetlands by relieving some of the reliance on catchment dams to intercept water.
Read some case studies about how connecting to rural piped water has benefited landholders in our community.
Connect to the pipeline
Landholders within the project boundary are encouraged to lodge an Expression of Interest to connect to the pipeline.
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