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PUBLIC NOTICE – Werribee South temporary road closures

Southern Rural Water (SRW) advises that road closures will be in place in Aviation Road and in Diggers Road, Werribee South for pipeline construction and roadworks as part of the Werribee irrigation modernisation project on:

Aviation Road – temporary road closure
27June  7am – 6pm
28 June 7am – 11.30am

Diggers Road – temporary road closure
28 June 11.30am – 6pm

SRW’s construction contractor, Comdain is handling the construction and traffic management for these works.  Please refer to maps below for more information.

Please note that daytime road closures have been chosen for safety reasons, and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Road users are advised to use caution along Diggers Road during construction as there is also temporary fencing around Sugar Gum trees near the construction zone.

More information on the project is available on our website

If you have any questions regarding the project or temporary closure, please call Doug Wingett, SRW’s Werribee Modernisation Project Manager, on 1300 139 510.

Map Aviation Road 
27June  7am – 6pm
28 June 7am – 11.30am

Map A







Map Diggers Road
28 June 11.30am – 6pm

Map B


About the project

The Victorian Government has provided significant funding to Southern Rural Water to enable the modernisation of the Werribee Irrigation District.

Over the next five years, Southern Rural Water is making a $30 million investment to complete piping and modernisation of the Werribee Irrigation District so that it is more efficient, reliable and resilient to a drier climate.

In 2016, Southern Rural Water completed pipelining and upgrades to the 4/1 channel system in Werribee South which kicked off the modernisation of the district.

Pipelining the 4/1 system means that about a third of the district is piped. The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget which means that the money can be used for the next phase of pipelining.

Where are we now?

With the state government committing to one third of the cost to pipe the rest of the irrigation district, we have been able to start work on the next phase.


The project team has been developing designs and plans for the rest of the project. This is planned to occur in five stages over the next five winter periods (see the map below).

 The last two stages will be dependent on securing one third funding from the Federal Government. Southern Rural Water has applied to the National Water Infrastructure Development Fund for this money. This is the only application from Victoria and we hope to know the result by July this year.

WID_Pipeline_Upgrade_MAP2_v3 (with zones)_Wyndham


What’s next

Construction of Stage 1 is planned to start in May 2017.  We will be pipelining 2.9km from the top of the main channel at Harrison’s Lane down to the junction between Diggers Road and Aviation Road.

Construction will occur during periods when we are not suppling water and we expect to finish Stage 1 by September 2017.

We will also be carrying out survey work to help with the design of Stages 2 and 3. We are using aerial drones to document the existing condition and exact alignment of the irrigation assets.

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