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Stage 1

Construction of Stage 1 has now been completed and was officially opened by the Minister for Water Lisa Neville on the 13 October 2017.

Stage 1 consists of 110 km of stock and domestic pipeline servicing properties in the south west of the Loddon Shire. More than 80 landowners now have access to a secure water supply providing much needed respite after years of drought conditions.

1Minister Lisa Neville Turns on Stage 1 of the SWL Pipeline October 2017



Turning on the tap!

Minister for Water Lisa Neville officially opens Stage 1
of the South West Loddon Pipeline.

Also pictured left to right:

  • Neil Beattie, Mayor Loddon Shire Council
  • David Pollard, Mayor Buloke Shire Council
  • Ken Round, Farmer


Stage 2

Stage 2 is currently being designed and planned and will service:

  • approximately 1,300 km of water supply pipeline
  • over 260 rural farming enterprises
  • over 370 lifestyle properties
  • over an area of 2,900 km2

Properties within the Stage 2 area currently rely on local rainfall and catchment dams for their homes and farms.

GWMWater has engaged contractor Mitchell Water to deliver the design of Stage 2 of the pipeline.

GWMWater and Mitchell Water have commenced field investigations to enable design of the South West Loddon Pipeline Project. The preliminary pipeline alignments are currently being surveyed for technical, natural and cultural matters which will continue over the coming months.

Land Access Agreements and notifications are currently being sent out to all landholders within the supply area.

If you have any questions about the investigation activities or connecting to the pipeline, please contact GWMWater on 1300 659 961.


Service area

Rural landholders within the project boundary shown on the map below maybe eligible to connect to the pipeline.

Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 View map of South West Loddon water supply area (2.34MB)


See where the South West Loddon water pipes are planned to be located in your area by accessing this linked map:

South West Loddon Pipeline - Water Pipes Map


Landholders outside of the area are still encouraged to submit an Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 Expression of Interest form (1.12MB) to assist with future planning.


Benefits to the community

A secure water supply to the south west Loddon area will deliver many benefits to the community. It will:

  • support activity and employment in the farming and intensive livestock sectors of this region
  • reduce the current reliance on water carting
  • sustain the agricultural sector that underpins the viability of this region
  • provide social benefits for recreational purposes at Skinners Flat Reservoir
  • enhance fire-fighting capacity in the region, and
  • result in less dependence on farm storages that currently intercept water that could otherwise provide an environmental benefit to regional rivers and wetlands.

The $80.6 million South West Loddon Pipeline funded by Commonwealth and State Governments and GWMWater will also improve overall management of water resources by interconnecting the Wimmera-Glenelg system in the west with the larger Goulburn system in north central Victoria.

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.

Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 Download the Expression of Interest form (1.12MB).

More information about connecting to the South West Loddon pipeline


Pipeline in the news...

Loddon Times

Adobe PDF file icon 24x2411 October 2016, Pipeline works begin (117kB)

Adobe PDF file icon 24x2416 August 2016, Pipeline works (135kB)


Wimmera Mail Times

Adobe PDF file icon 24x242 September 2016, Pipeline Benefits Available (70kB)


North Central News

Adobe PDF file icon 24x2412 October 2016, Works starts on South West Loddon pipeline project (386kB)

Adobe PDF file icon 24x2431 August 2016, Pipeline Project Underway (354kB)


Bendigo Advertiser

13 October 2017, Stage one of the South West Loddon Pipeline complete (external link)


The Weekly Times

Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 18 October 2017, Step one for pipe (83kB)


The Buloke Times

Adobe PDF file icon 24x24 17 October 2017, New pipelining for farming businesses (234kB)  



2 September 2016, Pipes go in as Loddon Shire dreams of drought-proof era (external website)


Premier of Victoria

13 October 2017, Turning on the Tap, New Pipeline For Farming Businesses (external website)

2 September 2016, Loddon Shire a step closer to getting on the grid (external website)


Northern Grampians Shire Council

1 September 2016, Opportunity to tap into South West Loddon Pipeline (external website)




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