Stormwater goes underground

Article image - Stormwater goes underground Grant money flows to the Murrabit underground stormwater project.

The tiny town of Murrabit on the Murray River will benefit from significant stormwater improvements thanks to the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Gannawarra Shire Council, Victoria, will allocate its $1.157 million portion of the Program to the Murrabit Stormwater Project, one of the projects identified during community consultation as part of the development of the Gannawarra Shire Council Plan 2017-2021. 

The project involves the replacement of open channels throughout Murrabit with underground stormwater pipes.

Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Tom O’Reilly, said, “The Murrabit Stormwater Project will be town-changing for residents now and into the future.

“Converting the collection of stormwater from open channels to pipes will reduce risks associated with
arbovirus, whilst enabling the capture and future use of reusable water.”

The Murrabit Stormwater Project is the second initiative to benefit from the $1.5 billion Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, which aims to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects across Australia.

Work will begin in 2021 on a $1.317 million rejuvenation of the central business district (CBD) in nearby Kerang, the Shire’s principal town.

“Like Stage 2 of the Kerang CBD Redevelopment, the Murrabit Stormwater Project will support the local economy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Council thanks the Federal Government, and in particular Anne Webster, Federal Member for Mallee, for
securing this funding and looks forward to working with the Murrabit community in implementing this project.”