Mildura Weekly : Friday March 24 Vol 11 No 20
FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017 VOL 11#20 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU FREE EVERY FRIDAY LOWER Murray Water (LMW) is giving itself an ad- ditional three months to fi- nalise a business case for its ‘Sunraysia Modernisation Project 2 – Strengthening Sunraysia’ (SMP2) initiative. The decision comes after the organisation was unable to meet a March 16 deadline as part of the National Water Infrastructure De- velopment Fund (NWIDF)-Capital Component, after only beginning the application process in Novem- ber last year. Some $150million in Com- monwealth funding will be allo- cated through the Capital Compo- nent, with SMP2 aiming to boost the growth and diversity of Sunray- sia’s horticultural sector, and build on the success of the inaugural SMP to deliver economic benefits and sustainability for LMW customers and the region. LMW executive manager Cus- tomer and Stakeholder, and SMP2 project director, Andrew Kremor, said LMW has, however, submitted an interim feasibility study through the Victorian Government as “a place-holder for a submission tar- geting a June 30 deadline.” It is believed that as part of the interim study, two areas have been identified as potential locations for SMP2. The study also outlines the financial and economic viability of the project. “While we always knew the timeframe for a March submission was going to be tight, we always planned to give it the best shot possible,” Mr Kremor said. “We received $1.7million in Novem- ber from the Federal Government under the Sustainable Rural Water Use and Infrastructure Program to develop the business case, with the first opportunity to put an applica- tion in for Commonwealth funding being March 16 this year. “In between November and that March submission date, we went through an engagement and con- sultation process, and held 70-plus meetings around Sunraysia. We dis- tributed surveys, and the feedback we received was really beneficial. “We also undertook a com- mercial Registration of Intent (RoI) process, and got a really good re- sponse from that, before entering into some commercial discussions, which weren’t concluded by the time the submission was due in March.” Mr Kremor said a positive for LMW was the fact the group could now focus on “specific areas” for the June submission. “The plan now is to move into some intense discussions with rel- evant parties,” he said. “The key thing we are trying to do remains delivering benefits to our existing customers, and strengthening the business on behalf of existing cus- tomers, and we feel the areas identi- fied will achieve broad benefits for our entire customer base. “They are areas where we can easily address issues, questions and concerns raised through our en- gagement process, with the three key things raised being who bears the risk, where the water will come from and what is happening for in- district customers.” Mr Kremor said the next step for LMW was to meet with a group of representative growers to shape the business case. • Continued Page 5 By Vinnie Rodi firstname.lastname@example.org @MilduraWeekly @MilduraWeekly Taking the time LMW gives itself extension to finalise SMP2 business case RED Cliffs Primary School student Danil McKenzie, 7, is leading the charge in the fight against cancer. Taking part in a World’s Greatest Shave event this past Monday, the youngster shaved his long, curly locks in the name of charity, with the entire school community watching on! Danil managed to collect $125, with his mother Amelia Tanner saying Danil had been inspired to take part after seeing several television advertisements. Setting an original fund-raising goal of $500, Amelia said there was still time for locals to donate to the cause, with more information available by contacting her on 0467 289 967. These PAUL MENSCH photographs show Danil before, during and after the shave. Danil loses curly locks for charity CALL NOW 03 5032 1502 ... AND USE UP TO 65% LESS ENERGY WITH THE HIGHLY EFFICIENT MIDEA HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER $ 0 * UPGRADE YOUR ELECTRIC HOT WATER SYSTEM FOR JUST UPGRADE YOUR ELECTRIC HOT WATER SYSTEM FOR JUST Promotion only available to Victorian residences replacing an existing external electric storage hot water unit for a 170L Heat Pump in exchange of Government incentive certificates (STCs & VEECs). Systems older than 5 years will incur $149 for new valves. Eligibility Criteria applies.
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