Grampians, Wimmera and Mallee residents already know of the beauty, serenity and recreational activities that can be enjoyed at our local lakes and weir pools, however word is spreading with tourism growing in our ‘back yard’.
In Street Ryan’s report Wimmera Southern Mallee: Socio-Economic Value of Recreational and Environmental Water Trends and Insights 2016-20, visitors to lakes and weir pools were interviewed to collect valuable information on the economic and the social contribution made by our local recreational water bodies, with some 3000 interviews compiled each year.
This is the final year under this study which will also document the effects of coronavirus (COVID-19) on local communities and tourism. Findings will be available later in the year.
GWMWater is hitting the road in March and April to engage customers and communities across our operational area so we can reconnect face-to face with customers, support you to sign up for the customer portal and discuss the our goals over the next seven years.
- Horsham- 15 and 16 April between 11am and 4pm in the Horsham Plaza, 36 Darlot Street
- Sea Lake - 19 April between 11 am and 1 pm next to the Top Cafe, 63 Best Street
- Ouyen - 20 April between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm outside the Ouyen Newsagency, 31 Oke Street
- Manangatang - 21 April between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm in Wattle Street, near Manangatang Post Office
Come and chat to us about:
- The Customer Portal. We can help you sign up, answer your questions and collect feedback. Registering for the Customer Portal also puts you in the draw to win an Apple iPad!
- Renewable energy. Solar installations across our region have helped us reduce our carbon emissions by 17% since 2018/19 and in time we’ll be generating more power than we need – so what should we do with it?
- Your expectations of GWMWater – What should we be aiming to achieve for our customers and communities through to 2028?
COVIDSafe Event Checklists:
Works are underway to construct a new sewer scheme in Goroke.
The new system, when completed, will provide reliable and effective wastewater collection for Goroke residents.
The seasonal restriction for licensed groundwater users in Neuarpur Sub-zone 1 will remain restricted to 80% of their licence volume for the 2021/22 season. This is in accordance with the West Wimmera Groundwater Management Area Local Management Plan.
Our current customer newsletter Tapping In - Edition 3 2020/21 sees the celebration of 'turning on the tap' at Yaapeet Lake and Uttiwillock Wetland receiving a secure environmental water entitlement. Read the update on Ultima's drinking water upgrade, and we also recognise our VCE Science Award high achievers. All this plus more in our latest edition.
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To view past Tapping In editions, click on the heading.
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.”
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