Ru­ral drainage pro­ject un­der­way

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

LAND­HOLD­ERS in the Ruther­glen re­gion are be­ing ap­proached by the North East Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity ( CMA) to as­sist with the as­sess­ment of his­tor­i­cal drainage in­fra­struc­ture and for­mal drainage sys­tems in the re­gion.

The pro­ject will work with land­hold­ers to de­velop ru­ral drainage man­age­ment plans for the for­mal drainage sys­tems at Goora­madda, Car­lyle, Lil­liput, Brimin and Boorhaman, within the Black Dog Creek dis­trict.

Dur­ing wet years, the flat plains coun­try around the Ruther­glen re­gion can re­main sat­u­rated for a long time.

Many of these ar­eas were orig­i­nally swamp lands that were drained to in­crease the pro­duc­tiv­ity of the land.

New- com­ers to the re­gion have some­times been sur­prised when their pre­vi­ously dry land be­comes in­un­dated and the wet­land fea­tures come to life with plants and birds.

The Ru­ral Drainage Pro­ject is iden­ti­fy­ing the for­mal his­tor­i­cal ru­ral drainage sys­tems and the as­sets along them, as well as the land­hold­ers who ben­e­fit from their func­tion.

The fo­cus will be on the five drainage sys­tems.

Land­hold­ers will be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the devel­op­ment of Drainage Man­age­ment Plans that will al­low these drainage as­sets to be man­aged and main­tained more eas­ily.

Phill Fal­cke, Ru­ral Drainage Pro­ject Of­fi­cer at the North East CMA, said that de­vel­op­ing Drainage Man­age­ment Plans for these sys­tems would help to im­prove man­age­ment by re­duc­ing con­fu­sion and con­flict when works and main­te­nance needed to be car­ried out.

“By de­vel­op­ing clear plans with roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, land­hold­ers will have sup­port­ing doc­u­ments and ar­range­ments to en­able them to man­age the drains with­out cre­at­ing con­flict; that can only be good for ev­ery­one in­volved,” Mr Fal­cke said.

This pro­ject fol­lows the re­lease of the Vic­to­rian Ru­ral Drainage Strat­egy in Oc­to­ber 2018 as one of 11 pilot projects be­ing rolled out across the state to sup­port land­hold­ers to man­age ru­ral drainage.

The Ru­ral Drainage Pro­ject runs un­til July 2019.

North East CMA staff will be out and about in the dis­trict dur­ing this time to as­sess his­toric ru­ral drainage in­fra­struc­ture and to con­duct com­mu­nity meet­ings with land­hold­ers on each of the five drainage sys­tems that are part of the pro­ject.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the pro­ject please con­tact Phillip Fal­cke, Pro­ject Of­fi­cer at the North East CMA, on 0429 400 411.

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