The Victorian Government will fund an almost million-dollar feasibility study into expanding a water pipeline in the state’s west.
Premier Daniel Andrews is on a two-day tour of drought-affected communities around Horsham and Ararat.
The study will examine expanding the Wimmera Mallee pipeline network to cover an area of more than 300,000 hectares, as well as replacing the open channel between Rocklands Reservoir and Taylor’s Lake with pipeline.
“These are proud communities. A lot of people are doing tough and every Victorian stands with these local areas, farmers, families, those who need our support perhaps now more than ever,” Mr Andrews said.
Ironically though some rain has fallen in the region overnight, but Mr Andrews said it was not enough.
“Whilst 4 or 5 millimetres of rain overnight is welcome, all of us, particularly in Melbourne, need to know and understand that you would need a prolonged period of rain fall indeed above average rainfall to make up for the exceptionally dry conditions,” he said.
Environment Minister Lisa Neville said the pipeline could save a large amount of water.
“We’ll also look at a pipeline between Rocklands and Lake Taylor and that has potential to save around 2,000 megalitres of water a year,” she said. To read more click here.
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