Drainage fix in the works

August 02, 2017

District meeting... An information session at Colbinabbin Hall will be held regarding a new drainage proposal on August 16.

Cornella Creek landholders are being encouraged to provide feedback on a new drainage proposal for their district at a community information session this month.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority sustainable agriculture manager Carl Walters said improving surface water drainage in the area had been identified as a priority in the Shepparton Irrigation Region Drainage Strategy.

‘‘The community has been consulted in the past about potential drain proposals to help address long-standing drainage issues, however, to date there has not been funding available to undertake works,’’ Mr Walters said.

Poor natural drainage, obstructions to flow, water logging, a rising watertable and risks to significant wetlands were identified by the community as some of the main concerns regarding the area’s agricultural land, environmental values and road infrastructure.

With funding from the Victorian Government, drainage improvement works are now going ahead, with the authority to be working alongside Goulburn-Murray Water.

Mr Walters said changes to the climate, irrigation footprint and land use over the past decade meant the key would be developing solutions that were cost-effective to implement.

‘‘We are proposing a new approach to surface water drainage that makes best use of existing features including natural depressions, infrastructure and environmental features.

‘‘The information session at Colbinabbin Hall will be an opportunity to outline this concept and seek community feedback.’’

■The ‘drop-in’ information session will be held at Colbinabbin Hall between 1pm and 4pm on Wednesday, August 16, with a short presentation at 2pm.

■For more about the information session or the drainage program, phone Jeff Parry at the Goulburn Broken CMA on 5822 7700.

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