The audit examined how effectively,
efficiently and economically irrigation-related programs have been
planned and managed to achieve intended outcomes.
The audit examined the planning
processes for the Foodbowl Modernisation Project and the Sugarloaf
Pipeline, and the planning, project management and project outcomes
for the Central Goulburn 1234 Channel Automation Project,
Shepparton Irrigation Area Modernisation Project and the Macalister
Channel Automation Project.
The audit found that Victorian
Government decisions to invest around $2 billion in irrigation
efficiency and related projects between 2004 and 2007 were poorly
informed, which in some cases has affected the achievement of
outcomes. Whether these projects represent the best solution to
achieve the government’s policy objectives of saving water and
securing Victoria’s water, remains unclear.
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