Valley

CMA calls on stakeholders to state their cases

Tuesday 2 March, 2004
Key stakeholders in the Lower Goulburn Floodplain Rehabilitation Scheme debate have been invited to brief the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Board by Chair, Stephen Mills.

Key stakeholders in the Lower Goulburn Floodplain Rehabilitation Scheme debate have been invited to brief the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Board by Chair, Stephen Mills.

Mr Mills is inviting representatives of the Loch Garry WaterServices Committee; the Mayors of Moira, Greater Shepparton and Campaspe; State and Federal Parliamentarians Dr Sharman Stone and Bill Baxter; and representatives of landholder groups to present their views following the release of a report into future management of the floodplain.

The report, by Monash International, found that the Lower Goulburn Floodplain Rehabilitation Scheme had the potential to provide the greatest level of flood damage reduction and environmental benefits of the three proposals considered by the study.

But the report called for further social, economic and environmental studies to occur before the project proceeded. Mr Mills expressed concern for the 100 or so families that would be impacted on by the scheme and the need for a quick resolution.

“Lets get a representative of all of the key stakeholders together and provide them with a chance to tell us clearly what they would like to happen next.

“This can then form part of our submission to the State Government,’’ he said

Following years of studies, the Goulburn Broken CMA Board adopted the reinstatement of the natural floodplain of the lower GoulburnRiveras the best solution to counter devastating random flooding that has resulted in enormous hardship and cost the GoulburnValleyeconomy millions of dollars in lost productivity in the past century.

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For more information telephone GB CMA Chair, Stephen Mills, on 0407 318 753.