MITIAMO is still celebrating following the $10.2 million cash windfall into water infrastructure announced in the state budget last week.
And will be cheering for some time.
But it’s not all good news with the Federal Government not coming to the table with a cent in its budget.
The proposed pipeline would service 75,000ha north of Bendigo and south west of Echuca near Mitiamo, Tennyson and Dingee.
Campaspe Shire economic and community development general manager Keith Oberin said 42,000ha was within Campaspe.
‘‘The pipeline would see wide range benefits including improved reliability and quality of domestic and stock water, a reduction in water losses through seepage and evaporation and increase the productivity of the land,’’ he said.
‘‘The project has been strongly supported by landowners, key stakeholders and the wider community.’’
The project includes more than 180 customers, 87 rural houses and 376 tapping points.
Construction costs could be about $29 million including 375km of pipeline, a pump station and 90ML storage.
Loddon Shire chief executive Phil Pinyon said the announcement was great news.
‘‘The bit of the jigsaw that we still need to find is the Federal Government funding to go with it,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s not all Loddon Shire, it also picks up some of the Campaspe area.’’
The business case for the proposed pipeline was developed by Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW), in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Coliban Water and Loddon and Campaspe Shires.
The project involved extensive community consultation.
This included three open days attended by more than 100 people and more than 180 one-on-one sessions with landowners, as well as surveys.