SOUTH Gippsland Water announced last week that preliminary work for the region’s most significant water security project, the $43 million Lance Creek Water Connection pipeline, has commenced.
Pump station construction is underway at the Lance Creek Water Treatment Plant with Simpson Construction currently focusing on new infrastructure, including dosing facilities.
No sections of pipe have been laid thus far however on-ground work associated with pipeline construction has begun in the Jumbunna area.
Crews from Jaydo Construction are preparing the pipeline construction corridor, installing access points from the Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, carrying out fencing and survey works, and commencing earthworks.
Preparations for pipeline construction on private property are beginning now. Compensation payments for easement acquisition are complete for the majority of the landowners. Payments of compensation will also be made for temporarily occupying private property for the construction corridor. These payments will be made progressively with construction.
The pipe is scheduled for delivery to lay-down sites in mid-October. This will increase large vehicle traffic along the Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road, initially affecting the section between Jumbunna and Korumburra.
At times, traffic management controls will be in place to minimise disruption and maximise safety, and motorists are advised to allow a little extra time in their journey.
South Gippsland Water Managing Director Philippe du Plessis said, “The pipeline alignment has been planned along the most direct and effective route and, where possible, avoiding steep slopes and areas of Flora and Fauna and Aboriginal Cultural Heritage significance.
“With early works commencing, locals will see increased traffic management and other activities on the ground get moving,” he said.
The Lance Creek Water Connection is a key Victorian Government project to be delivered by South Gippsland Water to secure the water supply needs of Korumburra, Poowong, Loch and Nyora over the next 50 years.
Approximately 20 kilometres of pipe will connect the Lance Creek Reservoir to the Korumburra Water Treatment Plant and a second section of pipeline, of approximately 8.6km, will connect Korumburra to the Poowong Water Treatment Plant.
The State Government has contributed $30 million to the project, which is planned for completion in 2019.