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Pipeline Route to be protected

Tuesday 26 February, 2008
Following the decision by the state government to construct the Sugarloaf Pipe Line, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) has commenced negotiations to ensure the protection of waterway health in the project area.

Following the decision by the state government to construct the Sugarloaf Pipe Line, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA) has commenced negotiations to ensure the protection of waterway health in the project area.

Mr Wayne Tennant, the Manager of Strategic River Health said as the caretaker of river health, the GBCMA will ensure that any work undertaken by Melbourne Water will not impact on waterway health. The Authority will ensure that works will not compromise the environmental or physical integrity of waterways.

The GBCMA has commenced dialogue with the Pipeline Alliance, on behalf of Melbourne Water which will lead to the detailed individual assessment, inspection and design of each waterway crossing as well as the offtake of the proposed pipeline at the Goulburn River.

In excess of 40 crossings will be assessed for condition, stability, condition of native vegetation. The Authority has requested that the inspections be updated with flora, fauna and cultural assessments.

"Approval processes will be required to be followed for all crossings," said Mr Tennant.

"A detailed permit application for each waterway crossing will be required to be submitted to the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management to undertake works under the By-law 1 of the Water Act (1989)."

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