Banking on channel upgrade

September 09, 2017

GMW staff involved in the project - health, safety and environment advisor Tim Dickinson, left, and project manager Chan Chong.

Some of the trees around the channel are to be cut while works take place.

Goulburn-Murray Water has planned extensive channel bank improvements in Nanneella to ensure water continues to be delivered efficiently to local farmers for the next 80 years.

G-MW will soon carry out the first stage of works on the Rochester Number 2/11 Channel on Echuca-Nanneella Rd, north-east of Rochester.

Customer service manager Paul Cox said the works were essential to bring the channel up to standard.

‘‘This channel was first constructed during the 1940s,’’ Mr Cox said.

‘‘Due to wear and tear over the years and vegetation in the channel, it is in poor condition and poses a safety risk.

‘‘This means continued maintenance is required.

‘‘That’s why this channel bank remodelling is vital to keep things ticking over.

‘‘We know irrigation-related activities impact directly on local industry and businesses, so it is important we ensure irrigators’ needs continue to be met now and into the future.’’

The channel has a capacity of 70Ml/day and supplies about 20 customers in the Nanneella area, which is largely horticulture, cropping and lifestyle properties.

The upgrade works will include 800m of inside bank remodelling, 3850m of rock armouring and 2040m of fencing.

Mr Cox said G-MW was working closely with Campaspe Shire staff in preparation for the works.

‘‘Some trees which grow along the channel banks will require removal to allow these essential works to take place,’’ he said.

‘‘Those growing outside of the channel bank and outside of the works area will not be removed.’’

Drivers are encouraged to be aware of speed restrictions and traffic management in the Nanneella area during the works.

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