Dream flows: Project to modernise Sunraysia’s water security opened

WHAT began as a dream became reality yesterday with the official opening of the $120 million Sunraysia Modernisation Project (SMP), promising water security and, in turn, boosting economic growth for the region.

Anne Mansell, who helped facilitate the business case for the SMP, Member for Mallee Andrew Broad, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Luke Hartsuyker and Lower Murray Water chairman John Tesoriero open the Sunraysia Modernisation Project. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

Anne Mansell, who helped facilitate the business case for the SMP, Member for Mallee Andrew Broad, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Luke Hartsuyker and Lower Murray Water chairman John Tesoriero open the Sunraysia Modernisation Project. Picture: Carmel Zaccone

The biggest single infrastructure upgrade in the region for more than 100 years included an upgrade of key pump stations and the replacement of almost 24km of open water irrigation channels with pipelines.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Luke Hartsuyker, who attended the formal proceedings at the Kings Billabong central pump station, said the project was a “significant milestone” in the development of infrastructure in the Murray Darling Basin.

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