The state government of Victoria in Australia has announced the completion of the A$88.9m ($58.1m) South West Loddon water pipeline project.

The new pipeline is designed to provide secure reticulated water supply to more than 1,500 rural properties over 2,900km2 surrounding Inglewood, Newbridge, St Arnaud and Wedderburn.

By increasing the region’s water security, the project is expected to help communities who faced severe drought in recent years, and the impacts of climate change.

The 1,300km South West Loddon Pipeline project is supported by funding of A$40m ($26.1m) from the Victorian Government, A$28.9m ($18.9m) from Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water and landowners and $20m ($13m) from the Australian Government.

Victorian Minister for Water Lisa Neville said: “I’m proud to have delivered this significant project for the community, with the pipeline providing water security to the region for the first time ever.”

“The completion of the pipeline is a major milestone. I thank local Farmers Federal members and everyone in the community who advocated for the project and worked with us to deliver it – it will bring big benefits for the region.

“This project will provide water security for farmers and the agriculture sector – which is good for the wellbeing of agriculture communities, for jobs and for livability.”

Pipeline project interconnects the Wimmera-r system with the Goulburn system

In order to improve regional water resource management, the project interconnected the Wimmera-r system with the Goulburn system, helping to boost the agricultural sector.

Last year, India’s Adani Enterprises has secured an approval from the Australian federal government for a groundwater management plan for the proposed Carmichael coal mine and rail infrastructure project in Central Queensland.

Located across a 200km² area in the northern part of Galilee Basin, approximately 160km north-west of Clermont in Central Queensland, the coal mine project is expected to create 1,075 jobs during the construction phase and 3,800 jobs once operational.