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.
The project area starts at Glenorchy at the south end of the creek, to Boolite in the north.
GWMWater has inspected all assets and developed recommendations for each to either remove, partially remove or transfer the management of assets to other organisations or landholders.
This includes structures such as bridges, culverts, regulators and other structures.
The project also requires earthworks along the remaining channel banks to help slow and disperse water flow.
GWMWater has appointed a Project Steering Committee which works collaboratively to oversee the decommissioning or handing over of assets and includes representatives from GWMWater and:
- Wimmera Catchment Management Authority
- Northern Grampians Shire Council
- Yarriambiack Shire Council
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
- Regional Roads Victoria
- Landholder representatives: Howard Cooper of Glenorchy, Ian Taylor of Lubeck and Jason Mellings of Boolite.
We are now working to develop a proposed works plan which will be shared with landholders ahead of any works starting.