Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program (PIIOP)
Murray Irrigation has started contacting
customers by telephone to inform them of our outlet upgrade program
and to discuss if there are any opportunities for reducing outlets
on landholdings with multiple outlets.
This round of customer consultation is an important part of
Murray Irrigation's scoping of its outlets to be modernised under
our Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program
Only customers with two or more outlets on their landholding
will be contacted. Each phone call should only take approximately
10 minutes. Customers that have already met with our consultation
team are not included.
The phone calls are to discuss our program in more detail and
will aim to identify what opportunities there are for customers to
reduce their outlets, whilst maintaining their irrigation supply.
The discussion will not be binding to the customer in any way.
Face to face consultation will occur at a later date where
customers will be able to discuss their specific requirements prior
to the outlets being included in our construction program.
This work will test the assumptions currently being used for the
number of outlets to be upgraded under PIIOP.
The Outlet Scope project is an important step to better
understand the number of outlets to be upgraded and will have a key
role in projecting expenditure but also the way we engage with our
Phone calls will be made by Murray Irrigation staff with the aim
of completing the calls by early December.
Customers with multiple outlets on their landholdings are
encouraged to start thinking about what opportunities there may be
to reduce the number of outlets. There are benefits to customers
and Murray Irrigation if outlets can be reduced whilst maintaining
Murray Irrigation has entered into a funding agreement with the
Commonwealth Government for:
- Upgrading water management and measurement systems;
- Targeted channel refurbishment;
- System reconfiguration; and
- System retirement.
The project is called Murray Irrigation's Private
Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program (PIIOP).
Murray Irrigation initially applied for funding in July 2011,
and was approved as a successful applicant in December 2011. The
agreement was officially signed on 20 September 2012.
Funding is being provided from the government's Sustainable
Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program.
The PIIOP project's delivery commenced in May 2013 and is
planned to be completed by early 2017. Early works were conducted
on the Mulwala Canal to the Edward River Escape and the Berrigan
Main Canal to the Billabong Canal offtake. This totals 159km of
main channel involving 46 offtake structures and 120 metered
outlets held by 111
Murray Irrigation's Yallakool system (within Division 16) was
chosen as the Pilot for our Standard Level of Service (SLOS)
rollout, while Divisions 3 and 8 (Finley and Blighty) are being
converted to our High Level of Service (HLOS).
Murray Irrigation and Rubicon Water have officially entered into
a multi-million dollar partnership to upgrade irrigation supply
infrastructure throughout the local region. The $60 million
contract is part of PIIOP and was officially signed in Deniliquin
on Friday 27 September.
The contract is primarily for the supply, installation and
commissioning of Rubicon products and network control systems which
are a key part of the upgrade to our irrigation system occurring
under PIIOP. The contract for the supply of Rubicon's hardware and
software will enable remote and automated control of Murray
Irrigation's supply system.
The outlet consultation process for PIIOP was revised in January
2014. Customers are now issued with a 'Notice of Assessment'
instead of a 'Formal Agreement' following the conclusion of
consultation with our staff. This revised process will streamline
the consultation process and is necessary given the limited
timeframe to implement works under the PIIOP Funding Agreement with
For more information on PIIOP, contact reception on T. 1300 138
265 and ask for our PIIOP customer consultation team.