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There were cheers as Yaapeet’s Macy Fuller and GWMWater Board Member Carolyn Welsh turned the tap on to fill the newly constructed Yaapeet Lake.
To mark the official opening of the new recreation lake in Yaapeet, GWMWater hosted a celebratory event on Monday 21 December 2020. The storage site at Yaapeet had been redundant since the completion of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline but, now filling with water, will become a vibrant space for wildlife, locals and visitors to enjoy.
We are pleased to provide our Annual Report 2019/20 for your review.
GWMWater has had a successful year despite considerable challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
in the last quarter of the financial year.
This year we focused on the delivery of four of our flagship projects:
- Mallee Towns Water Quality Project
- South West Loddon Pipeline Project
- Behind the Meter Solar (Stages 1 and 2), and
- Urban Remote Metering.
Planning for the East Grampians Rural Pipeline Project is also well advanced.
Consultancy Report for 2019/20 as mentioned on page 35 of our Annual Report.
Our 2020 Annual Water Outlook outlines the key water security information for all towns and rural pipeline customers supplied by us. An outlook for licenced surface water diverters and licenced groundwater users is also provided.
All Systems Summary: With the water resources available across all of GWMWater’s supply sources this season, no restrictions to urban or rural pipeline users are anticipated under normal operating conditions.
A full listing of towns, rural pipelines and their supply sources can be found here.
Thousands of people across central north-west Victoria are set to benefit from a reliable water supply following the completion of the South West Loddon Pipeline.
Dubbed the ‘best development for the region since electricity’, the pipeline provides a secure reticulated water supply to 1500 rural properties in areas surrounding Inglewood, Newbridge, St Arnaud and Wedderburn.
Murphy’s Creek farmer Deb Hancock said the pipeline had given their children a future on their farm.
“For us, the impact of the pipeline is hard to explain in words,” she said. “We were spending a lot of money trucking water from Bendigo; one year we spent $90,000.
“To not have to worry about water – Wow.”
Like many businesses, we are doing our part to assist in slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and this involves changing the way we are working. This includes enabling staff to work from home and implementing any restrictions.
As the situation evolves, we are committed in supporting our customers, community and staff. We are working quickly and thoughtfully as things progress and change.
We recognise our important role in providing essential services as well as supporting our local community's health and economy. We take this role very seriously and are working hard to continue to deliver our usual high-quality service levels.
Three landholders will provide an important conduit between the community and a project team tasked with returning Dunmunkle Creek closer to its natural state.
Following the construction of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline, the channel system and the infrastructure GWMWater used along the Dunmunkle Creek to operate it, became redundant.
GWMWater is responsible for decommissioning the redundant structures between Glenorchy and Boolite to return the creek to as close to its natural state as practical.
The seasonal restriction for licensed groundwater users in Neuarpur Sub-zone 1 will remain restricted to 80% of their licence volume for the 2020/21 season. This is in accordance with the West Wimmera Groundwater Management Area Local Management Plan.
The Storage Manager has started a review of the Storage Management Rules for the for the Wimmera-Glenelg headworks system. The rules form the basis for how the system is operated day-to-day to support water security for the region.
The Minister for Water appointed GWMWater as the Storage Manager for Wimmera-Glenelg, however GWMWater is also an entitlement holder. To ensure the independence of the Storage Manager, governance arrangements are in place so that all entitlement holders and other key stakeholders are involved.
A specific governance arrangement has been set up for the purpose of the review which enables the Storage Manager to report directly to the GWMWater Board.
The review aims to improve and refine the current Storage Management Rules and operation of the Wimmera-Glenelg system, taking into consideration any new data, information and operational experience, to better meet the needs of entitlement holders and improve efficiency. This could include both the storage and delivery of water.
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