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Golden Plains water pipeline officially opened – part of a $11.78M dollar project to stimulate local economy


Golden Plains Shire Council, together with Ms Sarah Henderson MP, Federal Member for Corangamite, and Barwon Water, celebrated the completion of Stage One of the Golden Plains Food Production Precinct project in Lethbridge on Thursday 19th April.

 

The installation of an 18km water pipeline is the first stage in Golden Plains Shire Council’s $11.78M intensive agriculture project which will see 4,000 hectares of farmland transformed into the region’s largest food production precinct. 

Golden Plains Shire Council Mayor, Cr Des Phelan, said the project was one of the most exciting on record for Council.

“Agriculture is Golden Plains Shire’s largest industry sector, making up 26% of the local workforce. Our farmers contribute significantly to Victoria’s primary produce supply, producing 4 million eggs, 600,000 chickens, 1,000 pigs and 28,000 litres of goat milk each week.

“The Golden Plains Food Production Precinct, when completed, will not only support the growth of intensive agriculture in the Shire – it will generate $160 million for the local economy and create hundreds of jobs over time.

“It’s important for Council to support existing primary producers and create opportunities for those of the future, and the Golden Plains Food Production Precinct will do just that. The new pipeline will supply town water into the precinct, enabling investment and expansion of intensive agriculture in Golden Plains Shire, creating significantly increased economic output for the Shire, the wider region and the State,” Cr Phelan said. 

The Golden Plains Food Production Precinct project funding is a joint funding between Golden Plains Shire Council ($1.23M), the Federal Government ($4.17M), Barwon Water ($3.44M), and the State Government ($2.94M).

Stage Two of the project, which includes the installation of $3.44M of Barwon Water infrastructure, will commence when demand for water access within the precinct reaches a stipulated capacity.