New $7 million pump station for Murray River

Media release | 18 May 2022

Buronga engineering company Makar Group has been awarded the tender for the $7 million replacement of the Millewa pump station on the banks of the Murray River adjacent to Lock 9.

The new pump station is part of the Locks 8 and 9 Sustainable Diversions Limit Adjustment Mechanism (SLAM) project and is being built thanks to a $3.5 million contribution from the Commonwealth and NSW Governments under an agreed cost share arrangement with Lower Murray Water.

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson said the new pump station is a critical part of the Locks 8 and 9 project replacing the current pump station which was built in the 1970s.

"This is a great example of the NSW Government working hand in glove with the Victorian Government to deliver positive change for the environment and the Murray River," Mr Anderson said.

"I am thrilled the tender has gone to a local engineering company on the NSW side of the river with extensive experience working with construction, mining and agricultural industries in the Murray Basin.

"The replacement of the pumps with a contemporary design enables water supply to be continued while allowing the Murray River weir pools to be seasonally varied for ecological improvements.

"The new pump station will continue to meet the needs of irrigation licence holders by maintaining water levels in Lake Cullulleraine while helping to deliver a 17.5GL adjustment to NSW's sustainable diversion limit commitment.

Duty MLC for Murray, Wes Fang, said the modern, high-capacity pump station will be more efficient and reliable improving ecological outcomes while maintaining town water supply and supporting landowners along the river.

"It will allow us to restore natural hydrology within the region's floodplains and wetlands and improve conditions for native fish.

"The innovative design makes native fish a priority including custom automated fish screens to prevent entrapment in the pumps.

"Finalising the tender for the pump station also brings the Locks 8 and 9 project one step closer to reality, which is fantastic news for the river and the region.”

Millewa pump station on the banks of the Murray River.The new pump station is part of the Locks 8 and 9 Sustainable Diversions Limit Adjustment Mechanism (SLAM) project.