Basin Plan, Water managment

GMW Connections: $2b irrigation project lagging

7 March 2018

Peter Hunt, The Weekly Times
7 March 2018

VICTORIA’S largest infrastructure project — GMW Connections — has recovered just two-thirds of its 429,000-megalitre target, with two years left on its contract with the Commonwealth.

The $2 billion project started in 2008 and was due to be completed this year, but because of delays the Federal Government agreed to extend its contracted funding until October 2020.

Audit figures quietly released on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website last week show just 282,711ML had been recovered to June 30 last year, 66 per cent of the target.

Victorian Opposition Water spokeswoman Steph Ryan said it looked like the deadline would be missed, with little more than two years to go and a third of the water still to be recovered.

“The Water Minister (Lisa Neville) needs to tell us what happens if that deadline is missed,” Ms Ryan said. “Does it affect the return of the 75,000ML to irrigators (from stage one of the project)?”

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