The East Grampians Rural Pipeline will secure the future of the region by providing a reliable, secure supply of high-quality water year-round.
Access to reliable, high-quality water supplies will help to provide growth opportunities and reduce risk, enabling existing agricultural enterprises to consolidate and expand, and providing opportunities for new enterprises to be developed.
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.
GWMWater has appointed Wangaratta-based Dunstans Construction Group to deliver early work for the East Grampians Rural Pipeline. Dunstans will be working through the planning approvals and design prior to commencing construction. Interest sub-contractors should register their interest via the Dunstans Employment and Supplier Portal.
Landholders are encouraged to return Heads of Agreement documents as soon as possible to ensure land is included in the project scope.
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Decision under Environment Effects Act
The Minister for Planning has decided that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is not required for the East Grampians Rural Pipeline.Read more: REFERRAL 2019-R01.
Pipe alignments for Zones 2, 3, 4 and 5
Proposed pipe alignments for Zone 2, 3, 4 and 5 have now been added to our interactive map below.
Expression of Interest Deadlines
Zones 2, 3 and 4
Expressions of Interest (EOI) to be included in the pipeline design have now closed for Zones 2, 3 and 4. EOIs can still be submitted, but your property may not be included in the pipeline design if it is not already fronted by a proposed pipe alignment.
Expressions of Interest (EOI) close on 18 November 2020.
On completion, the scheme may service up to 1500 rural farming properties over an area of up to 330,000 hectares with a reticulated non-drinking water supply. The area under investigation includes areas around Ararat, Great Western, Buangor, east to the Eurambeen-Streatham Road and south to the Glenelg Highway.
We are pleased to share the zones for the East Grampians Rural Pipeline project. The pipeline network design for each zone will be added to this map progressively as designs are developed. Click here to view the interactive map in full screen.
Please note that all pipe alignments (not yet shown) are subject to change due to physical site conditions, customer interest and outcomes of cultural heritage and environmental investigations. The map will be updated as more information becomes available and the project progresses.
Landholders interested in receiving a rural untreated water supply must submit an expression of interest as soon as possible to be part of the project scope.
What you need to know
We have created a series of fact sheets which will help you with what you need to know and do to connect to the East Grampians Pipeline.
East Grampians Rural Pipeline - Overview (3MB, 2 pages)
East Grampians Rural Pipeline - Planning (6.5MB, 3 pages)
East Grampians Rural Pipeline - Connection (6.4MB, 4 pages)
Connect to the pipeline
Landholders within the project boundary are encouraged to lodge an Expression of Interest to connect to the pipeline.
Our Landholder Liaison team are available to answer your questions or discuss the project during business hours on 1300 659 961.
Download the Expression of Interest form for the East Grampians Rural Pipeline (966kB, 2 pages)
Landholders still interested in the project that haven’t registered an expression of interest are still encouraged to do so.
On-Farm Water Reticulation Guide
We've published a comprehensive On-Farm Water Reticulation Guide to help you design and install your on-farm system. The guide provides practical and technical advice covering all aspects of a piped on-farm system. Download a copy or contact us to get your free printed copy of the guide.
Online water calculator available
To assist landholders with calculating water requirements, we encourage landholders to use Agriculture Victoria’s water calculator by visiting their website at http://calculator.agriculture.vic.gov.au/fwcalc/step/home
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.
Pipeline in the news...
Stawell Times-News/Ararat Advertiser
14 May 2019, Pipeline Secured (207kB)
Minister for Water, Lisa Neville
Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan
12 May 2019, Unlocking Regions Potential (external link)
Premier of Victoria