The De­latite needs to be pro­tected

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

THE De­latite River orig­i­nates at Howqua Gap on the bound­ary of the Mount Buller and Mount Stir­ling Alpine Re­sorts.

The pro­posed Buller Stir­ling Link Road is perched di­rectly above the De­latite head­wa­ters.

Down­stream of the pro­posed Link Road are Mir­im­bah, Sawmill Set­tle­ment, Mer­ri­jig, Piries, thou­sands of hectares of agri­cul­tural land and fi­nally, Lake Eil­don.

All these, and Mans­field, de­pend on clean wa­ter from the De­latite.

Con­tam­i­na­tion of the De­latite head­wa­ters would be a se­ri­ous mat­ter. But is that likely? Four geotech­ni­cal firms with alpine ex­pe­ri­ence have con­sid­ered the plans and other data, in­clud­ing ge­o­log­i­cal maps.

They agree that there are po­ten­tially high risks of loss of life and dam­age due to land­slides on some sec­tions of the road, although they say that these risks can be re­duced through en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tions.

The author­i­ties re­spon­si­ble for wa­ter have em­pha­sised the need for ef­fec­tive sed­i­ment con­trols and rapid no­tice of any breach.

How­ever, for the sake of all who de­pend on the De­latite, I

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