Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) Water Efficiency Project

The $177.5 million Goulburn-Murray Water Water Efficiency Project has delivered off-farm infrastructure works across the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District to date, including:

  • the modernisation or decommissioning of more than 250km of channels
  • upgrading or rationalising more than 1,000 outlets and improving service standards for approximately 1,000 customers.

This project:

  • enabled the creation of over 900 jobs during the construction
  • reduced ongoing asset financial liability
  • improved agricultural productivity
  • achieved environmental enhancements.

The project recovered 15.9 gigalitres (GL) long-term average annual yield (LTAAY) of water savings as a Victorian contribution to a healthy Murray-Darling Basin in a way that does not impact the consumptive pool.

The water savings are not taken from farmers but come from:

  • improved infrastructure
  • less leaky channels
  • better water delivery automation.

The GMW Water Efficiency Project builds on the Connections Project’s success by providing better levels of service to more farmers and improving some ageing parts of the irrigation system.

The Commonwealth Government's commitment to fund the GMW Water Efficiency Project followed Victoria’s positive socio-economic assessment of the project. The GMW Water Efficiency Project is funded by the Commonwealth Government and is expected to be completed in mid-2024.

Page last updated: 08/09/23