Murrumbidgee Irrigation to give Yanco canals a makeover

YANCO’S canals are set for a multimillion-dollar makeover. 

The town is on the list to benefit from the $348 Million modernisation program being delivered by Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI).

MI chief executive officer Brett Jones acknowledged the significance of Yanco as the home of irrigation.

“It’s a great opportunity to give something back to the community that is the birth place of irrigation in this area; and to rescale our operations to meet the changing needs of our Yanco Village customers,” he said.

 “At MI, we are building a new future together with our customers and the community.”

Mr Jones said there have been preliminary field site visits as well as conversations with customers.

Letters have been sent to Yanco village customers and MI’s senior customer engagement officer is now in the process of contacting everyone directly.  

“Some have told us that they no longer want the added cost of irrigation network access,” he said. 

“Others have concerns about open channels running close to their boundaries.

“To support Yanco village customers who’s needs have changed and who no longer want access to the irrigation network, we are waiving termination fees, and offering to purchase water entitlements at well above market rates.

“It isn’t just Yanco customers who will be advantaged by the project.”