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 Commissioning works underway 

The SMP is now entering an important phase with commissioning now occurring for pipeline, plant and equipment.

As part of the commissioning phase the contractor along with LMW will be carrying out testing on the system under various loads including high and low demand for water. 

Current Road Closures

Due to Pipeline installations and decommissioning of channels within the Red Cliffs and Irymple area there will be the following road closures:

  • Coorong Avenue to Ponde Street, Red Cliffs. 

Speed Restrictions

  • Nursery Ridge Road channel crossing speed reduction in place.
  • Millewa Avenue, Red Cliffs between Sixteenth Street and Karadoc Avenue - speed reduction to 60kms.
  • Cocklin Avenue, Red Cliffs speed reductions in place.
  • Stewart Road Crossing, Red Cliffs speed reductions in place. 
  • Kiewa Avenue, Red Cliffs speed reductions in place. 
  • Ponde Street, Red Cliffs speed reductions in place.






SMP receives Australian Water Association
Project Innovation Award

The Sunraysia Modernisation Project has recently been awarded the Project Innovation Award by AWA and will now be put forward for the National OzWater awards in early 2016.
The award recognises innovative and unique features which set it apart from common practice, environmental and water resource benefits, social benefits and sustainable design considerations.


SMP Project Director, Frank Fisseler and LMW Customer Relations Coordinator, Leesa Merrett recently accepted the award at the Gala ceremony in Melbourne.

Metering Milestone achieved


Milestone 5 has been met ahead of schedule for the metering component of the SMP. 2500 Domestic and Stock meters and 1200 irrigation meters have been upgraded in time to meet the 31 March 2015 SMP Project milestone.

More meter installations and upgrades remain and will occur over the next 12 months. Over 4000 old-style irrigation water meters and outlets will be upgraded to meet national metering standards.

Project Background

The Victorian Water Minister, the Hon Peter Walsh and Federal Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, formally signed the funding agreement for the Sunraysia Modernisation Project on Thursday 19th December 2013

The project officially commenced from that date and is programmed to be completed in mid to late 2016. 

Lower Murray Water’s Sunraysia Modernisation Project is the biggest ever upgrade to Sunraysia’s Irrigation Infrastructure and it is now underway.

In addition to major upgrade works at the main pump stations the SMP will replace pipelines and open channels in several areas. This will provide an improved quality, efficiency and reliability of supply for irrigation and stock and domestic customers.

Customers will be contacted and consulted as the works progress for pipeline design and installation with the proposed timeline below:
  • Award of design and construction contracts by August 2014
  • Contractors expected to meet with customers adjacent to the works from August 2014
  • Construction of pipeline during 2015
  • Expected completion 2016 

SMP Media Releases
 SMP wins prestigious AWA State Award 10 December 2015
 SMP entering commissioning phase 30 September 2015
 New Project Director announced for SMP 29 June 2015
 Red Cliffs enhancement announced 6 May 2015
 Jobs flow as part of the SMP - 10 February 2015
 Channel Automation Contractor Announced for SMP - December 2014
 More irrigators to benefit from modernisation - issued 24 Sept 2014
 Historic 1920's pump for Pump Hill at Merbein under SMP
Contractor announced for $120m SMP
SMP Contractor appointed for metering upgrade - Issued 26 June 2014
SMP Metering Program Update - Issued 5 June 2014
SMP Project Director Announced - Issued 30 April 2014
SMP Funding Announcement - Issued 19 December 2013

Awarded Tenders
Metering Works Package awarded to Comdain Civil Constructions Pty Ltd on 20 June 2014

Pump Station and Pipelines Package awarded to the joint venture between Guidera O’Connor Pty Ltd and Leed Engineering and Construction Pty Ltd (GOLD) on 5th August 2014

Channel Automation works were awarded to Comdain Civil Constructions Pty Ltd - December 2014 

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