Three landholders will provide an important conduit between the community and a project team tasked with returning Dunmunkle Creek closer to its natural state.
Following the construction of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline, the channel system and the infrastructure GWMWater used along the Dunmunkle Creek to operate it, became redundant.
GWMWater is responsible for decommissioning the redundant structures between Glenorchy and Boolite to return the creek to as close to its natural state as practical.
GWMWater has appointed a Project Steering Committee, including representatives from the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, other key organisations and three landholder representatives, who will work collaboratively to oversee the decommissioning or handing over of assets.
Landholder representatives include Howard Cooper of Glenorchy, Ian Taylor of Lubeck and Jason Mellings of Boolite.
GWMWater Executive Manager Infrastructure Nalaka Vitharana chairs the committee.
He said landholder consultation was a critical aspect to the project given the potential changes to responsibility for assets, the properties adjacent to the creek and the potential impacts on future flows and flood behaviour.
“We have inspected all assets and developed recommendations for each to either remove, partially remove or transfer the management of assets to other organisations or landholders,” he said. “We also plan to create breaks in remaining channel banks along areas of the creek to help disperse water during periods of high flow.”
Mr Vitharana said the role of the landholders on the Project Steering Committee was to provide a conduit between the project team and their respective communities, providing information and feedback as the project progresses.
“We will work closely with landholders to explain the proposed works and the terms of any transfer of assets as the project progresses,” he said. “Importantly, Howard, Ian and Jason will also gather questions and feedback from the community to inform the project.”
The next Project Steering Committee meeting is expected to take place in June.