EP pipeline project completed

EP pipeline project completed

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EYRE Peninsula farmers have a secure water source following the completion of the $1.5 million Coolanie Water Scheme project.

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EYRE Peninsula farmers have a secure water source following the completion of the $1.5 million Coolanie Water Scheme project.

The project provides 40 kilometres of supply and distribution pipeline, allowing some farmers in the region access to secure water supplies beyond dams and water carting for the first time.

Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Michael McCormack said completion of the water infrastructure project on the EP was part of the Federal and State Governments' commitment to increasing water supply and security for primary producers, businesses and communities in drought-affected areas.

"Our Government is investing in vital water infrastructure projects to better prepare our regional communities for future droughts," he said.

"This permanent water infrastructure solution will support ongoing drought resilience for the area giving our farmers the confidence they need to continue to grow the world's best food and fibre."

Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone said completion of the scheme meant farmers in Coolanie area, within the District Council of Franklin Harbour, would be able to reduce their dependence on rainfall as well as expensive water carting during times of drought.

"Water security and climate independent water for the area means local farmers and primary producers can have confidence that their water needs will be met," he said.

"Long-term, it's providing a drought-proof supply of water to up to 30 EP farms, with primary producers connected to the scheme expected to build up their breeding stock of ewes and increase lamb production by about 50 per cent."

District Council of Franklin Harbour Mayor Robert Walsh said they've already had interest from 30 farmers wanting to connect to the scheme.

"This Coolanie Water Scheme is a game-changing piece of infrastructure for local farmers," he said.

"The supply is already operational, and to date we've installed 18 water meters. We're still accepting applications from farmers to connect to the scheme so if you're interested but haven't signed up get in touch with the Council."

The $1.5 million Coolanie Water Scheme was jointly funded, with the Federal Government providing $715,000, the SA Government providing $500,000 from the Regional Growth Fund and District Council of Franklin Harbour providing the remaining funding.

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