Sunraysia Modernisation Project 2

Building on the success of the $120 million Sunraysia Modernisation Project (SMP) which was completed in 2016, the Sunraysia Modernisation Project 2 (SMP2) utilised existing infrastructure and capacity to create opportunities for the Merbein and Red Cliffs irrigation districts.


With the support of local irrigators, and the Australian and Victorian governments, the SMP2 has ensured these districts can meet the needs of modern horticulture and remain viable into the future.


The project has improved the resilience and crop diversification of Lower Murray Water’s rural business, while benefiting existing irrigation district customers through cost-efficiency and improved business sustainability, and facilitating the best economic use of water.


Extensive consultation ensured the project delivered on customer needs, and the collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders was key to the success of the SMP2.


Construction began in March 2019 and was completed in October 2019, one month ahead of schedule, and ready for the 2019/20 irrigation season. The project has been commissioned successfully and water is being delivered to customers from the upgraded SMP2 water infrastructure.