Waterway

Flow study for Seven Creeks

Thursday 21 July, 2005
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority is conducting an Environmental Flow Determination for Seven Creeks and its tributaries.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority is conducting an Environmental Flow Determination for Seven Creeks and its tributaries.

A Community Advisory Committee is being established to provide local knowledge, assist with selection of representative sites and reaches and the development of flow objectives. Interested people are being invited to nominate for the committee.

The Environmental Flow Determination will form the basis for input into the Northern Sustainable Water Strategy and the Seven Creeks Stream Flow Management Plan (SFMP).

Seven Creeks is one of the 21 unregulated catchments across Victoria, identified in the State Government’s White Paper – “Our Water Our Future “, as a priority for the development of a stream flow management plan.

The SFMP is intended to create a balanced and sustainable sharing of available water between all stakeholders in the Seven Creeks catchment, including, the environment, licenced diverters, and non-consumptive water users (recreation and aesthetics).

Interested community members have until Friday August 12, 2005 to apply. For an application package please contact; Fleur Jaques at the Goulburn Broken CMA phone: 58222288 or email: fleurj@gbcma.vic.gov.au

About the Seven Creeks Catchment

The Seven Creeks catchment is 80 km long and covers about 1600 square kilometres. The creek begins in the Strathbogie Ranges and flows generally northwest to join Goulburn River near Shepparton. Seven Creeks has several major tributaries including Spring, Mountain Hut, Wombat, Watchbox, Honeysuckle and Faithfull Creeks.

Licensed water abstractions occur on both Seven Creeks and its tributaries for winter filling of on and off-stream storages. Direct diversions also occur for commercial, communal recreational, domestic and irrigation use.

Four storages exist throughout the catchment to supply the urban water demands of the Euroa, Violet Town and Strathbogie townships.

The Seven Creeks catchment has significant environmental value including fauna and flora which rely directly or indirectly on stream flows. The Seven Creeks has nationally significant self-sustaining populations of Trout Cod and Macquarie Perch. The hydrology of the Sevens Creeks System has been significantly altered as a result of diversions.

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For more information telephone Lisa McKenzie on 0427 212 651 or Wayne Tennant at the Goulburn Broken CMA on 58 222288.