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Winter Works maintenance program begins

Murray Irrigation’s annual maintenance program will start this week, with inspections and repairs to be completed along one third of the company’s irrigation channels and canals.

Lachie Knight, Executive General Manager Infrastructure, said the works form part of the organisation’s new three-year rolling maintenance program to ensure channels and canals remain fit-for-purpose for the upcoming irrigation season.

“Each year we drain one third of our canals and channels to assess their condition and complete repair or upgrade works, to make sure they remain operational for when farmers choose to irrigate.

“We’ll again use contractors, as well as our permanent crews, to complete the work as safely and quickly as possible to minimise the impact on affected customers.

“The move to this rolling program of works allows us to save water in two thirds of our channels and canals for next season, and gives irrigators more ordering flexibility during the Autumn / Winter period,” Lachie said.

Murray Irrigation also maintains public bridges and culverts that cross canals and channels within its footprint, which will require traffic management plans to be implemented and drivers to remain alert.

“Safety is our number one priority, so it’s necessary to put traffic management controls in place to keep drivers, our employees and contractors safe while maintenance work is completed,” he said.

To help improve safety efforts, road users are reminded to:

·         follow speed limits – particularly over bridges, as workers may not be visible

·         avoid using channel banks for commuting

·         remember that work sites are for construction personnel only. If you need access, please contact the supervisor using the contact details listed at the entrance on the information board.

Customers and road users are encouraged to call Murray Irrigation’s Customer Operations team on 1300 138 265 if they have any questions or concerns.