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Completed projects

Phase 1A

In May 2013, the Victorian Government announced it was providing $16M towards the modernisation of the MID, with a co-contribution of $16M from MID customers for the $32M Phase 1A project. The works, which began in 2013 and will be completed in June 2017, include:

  • upgrade of regulators in the Nambrok-Denison supply system, most of the channels in the Eastern system and all of the Heyfield channels
  • construction of the Willang Yarn balancing storage in Denison;
  • further expansion of the outlet rationalisation and modernisation program
  • detailed design of the $60M Southern Tinamba pipeline for funding in Phase 1B

Taken together, the works in Phase 1A have saved around 12,000 ML. We expect that most of this water will be offered to customers by distribution in proportion to their entitlement. Some water will be offered for sale via auction and/or a shelf price.

Some of the other benefits include:

  • modernised systems for three supply zones
  • reduced times between orders and delivery in modernised areas along with less shifting of orders
  • on-farm benefits for modernised outlets including more consistent flow rates and higher flow rates
  • more efficient irrigation practices reduce farm run-off and drain outfall, which reduces nutrients heading down to the Gippsland Lakes
  • better asset conditions, investing in the district and supporting future food production
  • improved safety by removing manual handling of regulator drop bars
Willang Yarn Balancing Storage

The $6M Willang Yarn balancing storage, near Denison, is a key component of the MID2030 irrigation modernisation program, which is upgrading systems to secure more efficient use of water throughout the district and more flexibility for customers.  The storage is Southern Rural Water’s largest single capital project to date and a significant milestone in the $32M Macalister Irrigation District 2030 Phase 1A modernisation. The Phase 1a associated works will be complete by June 2017 and bring 12 gigalitres (12,000 megalitres) worth of water savings.

Before the balancing storage construction, the Main Southern Channel did not allow for full channel automation to be implemented, due to legacy issues associated with the long distance from Lake Glenmaggie and Thomson River and the lack of control on the Cowwarr channel. The Eastern Irrigation Business identified the storage as a high priority to better service customers in the western part of the MID.

During construction, SRW asked Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) to suggest a name for the storage. Willang Yarn means “rain water” and representatives from GLaWAC participated in the launch, providing a Welcome to Country and conducting a Smoking Ceremony.

Some key facts about Willang Yarn:

  • Footprint of 8.5 hectares
  • Total volume of 186 megalitres (160 megalitres usable)
  • Water can be sourced from from Lake Glenmaggie and the Thomson Dam or river
  • Entirely gravity-fed: no electricity or pumps
  • 1.8 metres usable head in the storage
  • One of Rubicon’s most complex integration projects to date: 96 scenarios have been programmed and tested
Willang Yarn balancing storage

Willang Yarn balancing storage

Southern-Cowwarr Regulator Retrofit Program

Under the Southern-Cowwarr Regulator Retrofit Program Southern Rural Water plans to modernise approximately 179 regulators in Zone 4 (Nambrok-Denison) of the MID. The works will be completed over the 2014 and 2015 winter maintenance periods.

The total capital cost of the proposed project is estimated at $11.2m. In return, the project is expected to produce water savings of 4,075ML as well as improved levels of customer service.

Eastern Regulator Retrofit Program

Under the Eastern Regulator Retrofit Program, SRW  modernised approximately 107 regulators in Zone 5 (Eastern) of the MID. The works will be completed over the 2014 and 2015 winter maintenance periods.

The total capital cost of the proposed project is estimated at $6.05M. In return, the project is expected to produce water savings of 3,875ML as well as improved levels of customer service.

MID 2030 Leading Works Program

The Leading Works Program was a $5M investment in the modernisation of the MID, consisting of the following projects:

  • Nambrok-Denison Stage 1 and 2 Regulator Retrofit Programs
  • Eastern Stage 1 and 2 Regulator Retrofit Programs
  • Stage 1 and 2 of the Outlet Rationalisation Program
  • Heyfield Regulator Retrofit Program
  • Design and construction of the Southern-Cowwarr Balancing Storage
  • Southern-Tinamba Outlet Rationalisation Investigation
  • Southern-Tinamba Prototype Outlet Investigation

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WaterMatch - online trading

Watermatch is a free online service, designed to help people trade water.

Once you have registered, you can advertise to buy or sell water.

Depending on the water that you wish to trade, choose from the Groundwater, Surface Water (rivers and creeks) and Irrigation District forum.

Select a new topic to create your ad. Your ad can be to buy or sell water, and must describe the source of your water, quantity of water you want to buy or sell, how long you want to trade for and your contact details. If you are happy to put a buying or selling price, this can be included here too.

If you want to respond to an ad, you can use the email link or contact the advertiser direct.

It is an online trading forum, and can also be used by people who are not on the internet, with help from our staff.

Watermatch allows you to register your interest in either buying or selling water in southern Victoria.

  • the Macalister, Werribee and Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District
  • Groundwater systems in southern Victoria
  • Rivers and creek systems in southern Victoria (other than those managed by Melbourne Water around the Port Phillip region).

Who can use it?
Anyone can use watermatch. You may be an existing licence holder who wants to sell water, or buy more water.

You may not currently have a licence, but you want to buy water in the region.

How does it work?

  • click here to enter Watermatch
  • register as a user (a very simple process)
  • go to the system or district you are interested in and check current entries
  • add in any entry for any water you want to sell or buy

What information should I include in my ad?

  • If you are wanting to buy or sell
  • your name
  • phone number
  • name of river, creek, groundwater management area or irrigation district
  • how much water is to be traded
  • If the trade is temporary or permanent
  • term of the trade (Maximum term is 5 years)

Things you need to know
We are always looking for ways to improve our customer service. If you would like to provide feedack or suggested improvements please click here.

it's important to note that Southern Rural Water is not acting, and will not act, as a water broker.

We cannot advise you on price of water or match you individually with a buyer/seller.

Buyers and sellers still need to go through our normal application process.

Trading applications must be submitted to Southern Rural Water and approval granted before water is taken. A water transfer application form can be downloaded from our application page.

If you want to trade upstream, please speak with one of our Assessment Officers prior to submitting an application.

To check if a buyer or seller can trade with you, call us on 1300 139 510 and ask to speak to an Assessment Officer.

Not a water broker

It's important to note that Southern Rural Water is not acting, and will not act, as a water broker.

We cannot advise you on price of water or match you individually with a buyer/seller.

Buyers and sellers still need to go through our normal application process.

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