South Australia Connections package


Estimated Cost:

Estimated cost
$75.2 million

Water infrastructure projects under the South Australia Connections package include upgrades to irrigation water delivery infrastructure and creation of groundwater recharge areas to refill aquifer and groundwater supply. These projects will improve water access to primary producers. Collectively, these benefits will contribute to delivering secure, affordable and reliable water for rural and regional Australia.

South Australia water infrastructure projects under the Connections pathway include:

  • Barossa Wine Grape Water Source Diversification
    • New infrastructure will be constructed to supply 800 megalitres per annum of additional water from a new source into an existing agricultural water supply system for wine producers.
  • Callington Connection
    • A new 2 kilometre pipeline will be constructed to connect a recycled water storage facility, to supply primary production.
  • Greenway’s Irrigation Trust – Increasing Water Availability, Reliability and Efficiency
    • The current river pumping station will be upgraded, enabling producers to shift to higher value crops.
  • Improving Water Deliverability and Accessibility in the Lower Murray Reclaimed Irrigation Area
    • Irrigation water delivery infrastructure will be upgraded, as part of a pilot project to ensure continued access to water for irrigation.
  • Pogona Barbata – Water for High-Tech Horticulture
    • A reverse osmosis plant and water retention and supply systems will be developed and constructed to improve water efficiency for high yield and high margin produce.
  • Project 312 – The Olive Oil Project
    • A 5 kilometre pipeline extension will be constucted to the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme distribution network, with capacity for additional connections.
  • Recycled Water Pipeline to Nairne – Stage 1
    • A one kilometre pipeline will be constructed from a recycled water storage facility, improving access to primary producers in the region.
  • Regional Recharge Farms
    • Groundwater recharge areas will be created to refill aquifer and groundwater supply to minimise reductions in water allocations for primary producers.
  • Waikerie Irrigated Agricultural Water Access and Security Project
    • A wetland and stormwater pipe infrastructure will be constructed for primary producers in the region.
  • Water Recycled Project – Seven Point Pork
    • A water recycling plant will be upgraded, which will enable approximately 182 megalitres per annum of water to become available for irrigation for higher value crops in the area.

Collectively, these projects are expected to deliver:

  • 62 jobs during construction and support up to 859 ongoing jobs
  • 1225 megalitres in additional storage capacity
  • 1895 megalitres per annum increased water availability
  • Up to 1867 hectares of additional irrigable land and 96 new customers or properties connected to water supply.

More information on national Connections packages.

Who's involved

The package of projects is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($20.0 million) and the South Australian Government and other partners ($55.2 million).

Australian Government Funding source

Australian Government funding is provided through the National Water Grid Fund.

Project status

Construction for the package has commenced and is expected to be completed in mid 2023.