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Integrated River Management Program for Sunday and Sugarloaf Creeks

Monday 12 October, 2009
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) has been successful in receiving funds from the Victorian Water Trust to undertake an integrated river management program along the lower reaches of the Sunday and Sugarloaf Creeks.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) has been successful in receiving funds from the Victorian Water Trust to undertake an integrated river management program along the lower reaches of the Sunday and Sugarloaf Creeks.

The deterioration of the Ford Road crossing on the Sugarloaf Creek has been identified as a barrier to fish migration. Part of this project will involve the remodelling of the crossing to allow for fish movement whilst retaining the large pool of water which extends up to 8km up-stream. This deep pool is considered to be an important refuge for aquatic species and offers advantages to native fish or warm water sanctuary from cold water releases from Lake Eildon.

The Ford Road Crossing will remain closed to traffic following the modifications to allow for fish passage. The modification works are expected to be completed prior to the end of this Calender year.

Sue Kosch, GB CMA Waterways Officer said, "GB CMA Waterway Grant support is being offered to those landholders whose properties adjoin either the Sunday or Sugarloaf Creeks to fence out areas of Crown Water Frontage and Freehold land to protect the riparian zone, improve water quality and enhance fish habitat. Support is also available for off-stream water for stock and native revegetation. Exotic weed control and erosion issues will be addressed if required."

Landholders interested in works to improve river health along either the Sunday or Sugarloaf Creeks in this area should contact: Sue Kosch, GB CMA Yea Office: (03) 5736 0100.

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