Funding for MID modernisation

THE State Government has announced $16 million to kickstart a major modernisation of the Macalister Irrigation District.

Deputy Premier and State Development Minister Peter Ryan and Water Minister Peter Walsh made the announcement at Murray Goulburn’s milk processing plant at Maffra today with Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull.

“The Coalition Government will provide $16 million towards upgrading the MID over the next three years, with a co-contribution of $16 million from irrigators,” Mr Ryan said.

“The modernisation will increase the amount of food this region produces, boosting the local and state economy with this initial phase to return 12,300 megalitres of water a year to productive use.  

“Murray Goulburn estimates the additional water could increase milk production from the Macalister region by an extra 24 million litres a year.”

Mr Walsh said the project would fund channel automation projects, outlet rationalisation, and construction of the Southern-Cowwarr balancing storage.

“The initial phase, funded jointly between the Coalition Government and irrigators, will improve the speed and reliability of water delivery to farms, boost agricultural output through greater on-farm efficiency and improve waterway and estuarine health by reducing outflows,” he said.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.