Will GBWL need to access the land once the pipeline is constructed?
Once construction is completed, it is expected there will be a minimal need for access to the corridor other than for annual maintenance checks on above ground infrastructure, such as air valves.
Where more complex infrastructure (e.g. pump station or connection points) are located on a property, access will be required more frequently, depending on the nature of the infrastructure.
Once the pipeline has been constructed, are we able to access the land above the pipeline?
In agricultural areas, the top of the pipe is to be buried to a depth of at least 600mm to ensure the pipe does not interfere with standard agricultural activities.
Once construction has completed, the pipeline will be marked with posts and locator tape. Except for pump stations, it is not proposed to be fenced or excluded from ongoing landholder use.
General crossing of the pipeline corridor will not be impacted. However, access to the pipeline corridor area for farm activities, such as deep ripping, will be restricted to the extent the activities occur at a depth where they would impact the pipe (with the pipe and any other underground infrastructure being located prior to any works).
Can I access water from the pipeline for my property (house, livestock, crop/irrigation)?
The water available from the Project has already been bought by eligible purchasers.
Unless you have already purchased water as an eligible purchaser or are trading water from someone who has purchased water, you will not be able to access water. However, a requirement of the National Water Initiative is that water must be tradable. To this end, landholders will be offered an opportunity to pay for a connection to the scheme which enable them to trade with water entitlement holders downstream of their property.
Whilst Scheme participants will be able to trade with other parties, should you wish to participate and trade in the Scheme, all costs of connection will be borne by you.