CAMPBELLS Forest is badly in need of a secure water source, residents have told the deputy prime minister.
They live within 5km of three water pipelines but are forced to rely on the rain or carting water to their.
The area north of Bendigo was once home to intensive agricultural production but residents say that has stopped as water has become harder to source.
Campaigners approached deputy prime minister Michael McCormack on Thursday as he talked up the government's $14.5 million commitment to build Mitiamo's pipeline.
That town's funding confirmation gave fresh hope to those still fighting for water security, the Campbells Forest and District Community Action Planning Group's Ann-Maree Davis said.
"Their (Mitiamo's) advice to us was not to give up, to keep trying. It does take a long time to make these things happen."
In Mitiamo's case it took more than 10 years, but the federal funding was the last piece of the puzzle, that township's pipeline committee secretary Geoff Thomas said.
There was an enormous amount of excitement in the area, with around 200 properties to benefit directly from the pipeline, he said.
The pipeline could also drive a boost in the local economy, and not only because it would secure water in dry times, Mr Thomas said. It could also pave the way for intensive poultry or piggery operations.
"There are pockets of land around here gazetted for intensive agricultural use so the pipeline will be a wonderful boon," he said.
Campbells Forest residents are not expecting their own pipe to begin flowing any time soon.
"Essentially what we are waiting for is a funding source for a feasibility study on the business and economic case (for the pipeline)," Ms Davis said.
Campaigners had contacted the state government to help identify a source for that funding.
They were looking for opportunities to meet with federal candidates for Bendigo and Mallee as the election countdown continued.
"To get water infrastructure projects off the ground you really need both state and federal support and funding so it's really important, coming into the election that all candidates are aware of us," Ms Davis said.
She was happy with the way the residents' meeting with Mr McCormack and the Nationals' Mallee candidate Anne Webster went.
"They gave us a really good hearing and seemed to have a great understanding of the critical need water plays in farming," Ms Davis said.
ALP candidate for the Mallee Carole Hart was approached for comment on the Mitiamo pipeline funding.
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