South East Integration Project
The project would aim to construct new trunk pipelines and pumping infrastructure to better connect the existing South East Irrigation Scheme and also construct an additional distribution network to enable new irrigation.
The project aims to provide an additional 12 GL of summer water and 18 GL of winter water into the region. It will also integrate existing scheme elements to improve water trading opportunities.
The detailed business case will:
- establish early community sentiment regarding a local irrigation scheme;
- determine the level of demand of irrigators to purchase water entitlements;
- estimate preliminary engineering design and capital and operational expenditure;
- develop detailed feasibility studies that include environmental flows, steam geomorphology, hydrology (including sustainable yield impacts), flora and fauna, cultural heritage and geotechnical; and
- develop a socio-economic report on the enterprise mix and project margins.
The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government ($4.7 million) and other partners ($1.6 million).
Please note figures are rounded.
Australian Government funding is provided through the National Water Grid Fund.
The project is underway with the business case expected to be completed in late 2022.