There is a great deal of investment into the modernisation of irrigation districts in the past years to save water and transform the system form a manual to an automatic system. Modernising irrigation systems may involve automating and upgrading channels, rationalising and decommissioning redundant channels, constructing pipelines, upgrading the accuracy of metered outlets to farms and lining and remodelling channels.

The modernisation project originally commenced under the name of NVIRP (Northern Victoria Irrigation Renewal Project). In recent years the project has been handed over to Goulburn Murray Water to manage. The project is currently known as theGMW Connections Project.

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