About the project

1. Area Of Operations V1

Find out more about the PIIOP project here.

Murray Irrigation's PIIOP project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to modernise our irrigation infrastructure and supply system for the benefit of all our irrigation customers and to provide improved water efficiency and productivity for our customers' farm businesses.

The funding agreement between the Commonwealth Government and Murray Irrigation was signed on 20 September 2012 to undertake the following:

  • Upgrade water management and measurement systems comprising the upgrade of our channel regulator and offtake system, and our outlet fleet;
  • System reconfigurations to optimise parts of our channel network; and
  • System retirements optimise parts of our channel network and to assist landholders to transition from irrigation farming to stock & domestic farming.

The initial works commenced in May 2013 and focussed on installing offtakes and outlets along 159km of main channel from:

  • the Mulwala Canal to the Edward River Escape; and
  • the Berrigan Main Canal to the Billabong Canal offtake.

Approximately 46 offtake structures and 120 metered outlets held by 111 customers were installed.

Murray Irrigation's Yallakool system (within Division 16) was chosen as the Pilot for our Standard Level of Service (SLOS) rollout, while Divisions 3 and 8 (Finley and Blighty) are being converted to our High Level of Service (HLOS).

To support the PIIOP project, Murray Irrigation and Rubicon Water entered into a multi-million dollar partnership to upgrade irrigation supply infrastructure throughout the local region. The contract was officially signed on 27 September 2013.

The contract is primarily for the supply, installation and commissioning of Rubicon products and network control systems which are a key part of the upgrade to our irrigation system occurring under PIIOP. The contract for the supply of Rubicon's hardware and software will enable remote and automated control of Murray Irrigation's supply system.

To further support delivery of the PIIOP project, Murray Irrigation and Ertech Pty Ltd entered into a contract during 2013 for the provision of WHS site supervision services, which remains ongoing.

As of November 2015, Murray Irrigation has installed over 1,000 new outlets, with approximately 1,500 remaining to be installed.

For all enquiries, please contact the PIIOP project team via reception on T. 1300 138 265 or click here to send us an email.

Murray Irrigation's PIIOP project has received funding of $169.2 million from the Australian Government's Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program (PIIOP) in NSW.

PIIOP Team -2 (for Web)

PIIOP team

The PIIOP team is based next to the Murray Irrigation head office at 443 Charlotte Street, Deniliquin. This follows the construction of a new temporary building in September 2015. This new contemporary, open-plan project office houses our entire PIIOP project team of around 30 staff.

The core purpose of the move was to consolidate the teams within Murray Irrigation. The new cost effective set-up better integrates PIIOP with the mainstream operations of Murray Irrigation, as all departments work together to ensure the efficient rollout of the program.