Project Start Date

March 2012

Project Completion Date

March 2016


Goulburn Murray Water

Comdain's Role

Managing Contractor - TransCom Connect Joint Venture




Distribution Infrastructure

The Goulburn Murray Water Connections Project (previously known as Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project—NVIRP) is the most significant upgrade to the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District’s infrastructure over its 100-year history.

The $2B project, funded by Federal and Victorian Governments, Melbourne Water and Goulburn Murray Water aims to recover long-term average annual water savings of 425 gigalitres (GL) and increase irrigation water use efficiency from approximately 70 per cent to at least 85 per cent.


Works Undertaken

  • Manage the design, approvals, procurement and construction of:
  • 5,000+ electronic, automated and telemetered meter outlets
  • 50+ individual pipelines to replace gravity irrigation channels
  • 300+ automated channel regulators
  • 70km of channel remediation / repair / lining
  • 60km Cosgrove Stock &Domestic Pipeline
  • Box Creek Weir & Fish Lock


Highlights & Innovations

  • Annual metering programs delivered ahead of schedule each year
  • Through design optimisation, Comdain was able to reduce the budget costs for the Box Creek Weir project by 20%
  • Implementation of field mobility & works system
  • Annual winter works programs for channel remediation and automation delivered on time and on budget
  • Design Management by co-locating Jacobs design consultants