Land­hold­ers asked for feed­back on Harston drainage plan

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Ge­off Adams

Harston land­hold­ers have been in­vited to a com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion ses­sion to­day to pro­vide feed­back on a new drainage pro­posal for the area.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter and Goul­burn Bro­ken Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity will be on hand to an­swer any ques­tions about the Up­per Deakin Drainage Course Dec­la­ra­tion.

CMA ir­ri­ga­tion man­ager Carl Wal­ters said im­prov­ing sur­face wa­ter drainage in the area had been iden­ti­fied as pri­or­ity in the Shep­par­ton Ir­ri­ga­tion Re­gion Drainage Strat­egy.

‘‘We are now at the stage where we can take ac­tion to ad­dress these is­sues in the Up­per Deakin area, thanks to fund­ing from the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment,’’ Mr Wal­ters said.

‘‘The com­mu­nity has been con­sulted in the past about the drainage pro­posal, de­signed to ad­dress long-stand­ing drainage is­sues, and we have now pro­gressed the plan to fi­nal ap­proval.’’

Poor nat­u­ral drainage, ob­struc­tions to flow, wa­ter­log­ging, a ris­ing wa­ter ta­ble and risks to sig­nif­i­cant wet­lands were iden­ti­fied by the com­mu­nity as some of the main risks to the area’s agri­cul­tural land, en­v­i­ron- men­tal val­ues and road in­fra­struc­ture.

Mr Wal­ters said the pro­posed works ad­dressed changes in cli­mate, the ir­ri­ga­tion foot­print and land use dur­ing the past decade.

‘‘We have dis­cussed a new ap­proach to sur­face wa­ter drainage with the com­mu­nity that makes best use of ex­ist­ing fea­tures in­clud­ing nat­u­ral de­pres­sions, in­fra­struc­ture and environmental fea­tures.

‘‘The in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will be an op­por­tu­nity to out­line the fi­nal plan and seek com­mu­nity feed­back over the next six weeks.’’

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