East Grampians Pipeline Feasibility Project

Posted Friday 5 May, 11:32am

Ararat Rural City Council, along with GWM Water, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Northern Grampians Shire Council and the Pyrenees Shire Council, are investigating the feasibility of extending the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline to provide water to the farm gate in the region surrounding Ararat where groundwater and surface catchments are unreliable.

If feasible, a pipeline extension will reach into agricultural areas where traditionally there has been reliable rainfall. With the prospect of an ongoing drier climate, agricultural productivity and growth could be enhanced in the region by the installation of a reticulated water delivery network.

A piped water supply could also provide ongoing water security for townships in the Ararat Rural City as well as significant economic, social, recreational and environmental benefits to the region.

GWM Water are writing to landholders seeking Expressions of Interest for connecting to the proposed East Grampians Rural Water Supply Pipeline. Letters have been sent to landholders in the Ararat, Northern Grampians, and Pyrenees Shire regions to gauge the level of interest from landholders in this area.

Expressions of Interest for the project close Monday 8 May, 2017.

GWM Water will also hold information sessions for interested landholders as follows:

Wednesday 3 May 2017

9 am - Moyston Post Office

11 am - Willaura Bakery

2 pm - Westmere Fire Station

3.30 pm - Maroona Primary School

Thursday 4 May 2017

9 am - Tatyoon Fire Station

10.30 am - Cross Roads Fire Station

12 noon - Buangor Fire Station

2 pm - Warrack Fire Station

3.30 pm - Great Western Fire Station

These sessions will provide residents with information on how to register interest to connect to the pipeline if it is to proceed, or answer any questions anyone may have about the feasibility project.

There will be no need for an appointment - just drop in to chat to one of GWM Water's staff members. If unable to attend one of the sessions and are still interested in connecting to the pipeline or would like more information, please call 1300 659 961 or visit www.gwmwater.org.au