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Lower Murray Water has completed the consultation and engagement on the business case for 'SMP2 Strengthening Sunraysia. The final business case has now been submitted to the State Government for consideration for submission to the Commonwealth Government.

SMP2 Strengthening Sunraysia project aims to build on the success of the $120 million Sunraysia Modernisation Project, which was completed in November. However, SMP2 is very different in its funding structure and what it plans to deliver.
Over the past few months we have held many discussions with our customers, irrigators and agribusiness developers.  

The funding is being sought by the State Government from the Commonwealth Government, National Water Infrastructure Development Fund (NWIDF) and is on a 50-50 basis, with development costs shared between agricultural developers and government.

Timelines for the development of the business case are:
  • Registration of intent (RoI) sought for agricultural development - 9th Jan 2017
  • RoI submissions closed - 27th January 2017
  • Interim Feasibility Study completed - March 2017
  • Priority Project Business Case has been completed - June 30 2017
  • Business case assessment by Government - August 2017
  • If funds are approved then Project delivery - to commence by late 2017/early 2018.

Important information:

  • At least 50% privately funded by agricultural developers 
  • Maximum of 50% Government funded - capital component
  • Opportunity to give a cost benefit and water security for our in-district irrigators
  • Agricultural developers have determined the location for development via the RoI process


Community Information Sessions - SMP2 Open Forums are now complete

Lower Murray Water conducted further information sessions during late June 2017 and would invite interested customers and growers to contact our office if you would like any additional information on the proposed project.





The Business Case:

What will it achieve?

A stronger Sunraysia via jobs, development, growth and cost reductions for our growers.

Our role as LMW is to deliver water, with new agriculture developments happening regardless. By delivering additional water, LMW can keep costs down for our rural customers.

Useful links:

SMP2 Newsletter

National Water Infrastructure Development fund

 Media release SMP2 Strengthening Sunraysia
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