Harston landholders invited to find out about new rural drainage scheme

Thursday 13 April, 2017
Harston landholders are invited to a community information session on April 26 to provide feedback on a new drainage proposal for their district.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Sustainable Irrigation Manager Carl Walters said improving surface water drainage in the area had been identified as priority in the Shepparton Irrigation Region Drainage Strategy.

“The community has been consulted in the past about potential drain designs 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, water logging and a rising water table were identified by the community as some of the main risks to the area’s agricultural land, environmental values and road infrastructure.

“Fortunately we can now take action to address these issues, thanks to funding from the Victorian Government,” Mr Walters said.

 Mr Walters said due to changes to climate, the irrigation footprint and land use over the past decade it was important to carefully consider a scheme that was cost effective to implement.

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

 "The information session at Harston Hall will be an opportunity to outline this concept and seek community feedback."

 People are invited to attend the ‘drop-in’ information session at Harston Hall between 11am and 6pm on Wednesday April 26, and discuss the drainage scheme proposal with Goulburn Broken CMA and Goulburn-Murray Water staff.

 There will be two short formal presentations at 11am and 5pm, but people are welcome to call in at any time.

 For more about the information session or the drainage program please contact Jeff Parry at the Goulburn Broken CMA on 5822 7700.


The Goulburn Broken CMA acknowledges and respects First Nations people and the deep connection they have with their land and waters.

We acknowledge the Yorta Yorta and Taungurung people and their ancestors/forbears as Traditional Owners of the land and waters in the Goulburn Broken Catchment (and beyond). We value our ongoing partnerships with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation and Taungurung Land and Waters Council for the health of Country and its people.

We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge and recognise the primacy of Traditional Owners obligations, rights and responsibilities to use and care for their traditional lands and waters.

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