Surface Drainage Program kicks off

Wednesday 23 August, 2017

A range of customers in the Shepparton Irrigation Region (SIR) are set to benefit from a new Surface Drainage Program.

The SIR falls mostly within the Goulburn Broken catchment, and covers the Murray Valley, Shepparton, Central Goulburn and Rochester Irrigation areas.

The State Government-funded works will improve surface drainage – which will help farms to become more productive as water-logged areas gain better ability to be drained.

The four-year program is being rolled out by Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) in partnership with the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, and will focus on completing priority drainage works (primary and community surface drains), improved on-farm drainage options and implementation of hybrid drainage systems.

GMW will start construction during August on two of the priority projects – which includes drainage work at Stanhope and Dhurringile. Two hybrid drainage projects are also underway which will see work taking place at Upper Deakin and Cornella Creek catchments during 2017/18.

Funding for the program was confirmed following a 2015 review of the SIR Drainage Strategy.

The hybrid approach is a more cost-effective approach to drainage based on improving linkages to, and increasing effectiveness of, natural drainage courses.

A key principle of the program is ensuring projects are prioritised and developed in areas across the SIR that have a long-term future in supporting irrigated farming.