Channel works pleasing

January 03, 2018

Cobram's John Coldwell is pleased with connections project modernisation works carried out on his channel.

One Cobram couple couldn’t be happier with the results of the Goulburn-Murray Water Connections project’s irrigation modernisation works on their channel.

Modernisation works began on the channel supplying John Coldwell and Lyn Haynes’ 4ha property in Cobram’s south in April last year and were completed as part of the Connections project’s $100million winter works program.

The channel, which runs adjacent to their property, was modernised and remediated with geosynthetic clay lining to minimise leakage and seepage from the traditionally sandy soil in the Murray Valley region.

The channel’s banks were also significantly remodelled to improve the structure and solidity.

‘‘When we first bought the property, we were worried the banks were going to have a blow-out. They were quite eroded and undercut and looked unstable,’’ Mr Coldwell said.

‘‘The channel leaked into our paddocks and there were a lot of weeds in the channel, mostly arrowhead, and that was affecting the flow in the channel.’’

The couple’s system was fitted with a 300mm manual outlet and the on-farm spur channel was realigned to work with the remediated channel bank.

‘‘We’re extremely pleased with the works, and it looks great,’’ Mr Coldwell said.

‘‘The contractors were really easy to work with — we didn’t have a single issue and they made sure we knew what was happening and were confident all the way through the process. It will definitely add value to our property.’’

He said he was looking forward to watering this season through the modernised, efficient system.

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