The Delatite needs to be protected
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