Landholders asked for feedback on Harston drainage plan
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.’’