Waterway and Floodplain Management

Rivers and streams within the Catchment are highly valued for irrigation, industry, urban water supply, stock and domestic water supply, recreation, habitat and aesthetic beauty.

From the irrigated Goulburn and Murray Valleys to the dryland grazing and cropping regions and high country valued for its tourism and recreational uses, the Goulburn Broken catchment is the foundation of the Victorian and Murray Darling Basin water resources and economic wealth. Although only 2% of the Murray Darling Basin's land area, the catchment generates 11% of the basin's water resources. In addition the catchment generates 26% of the rural export earning s for the State of Victoria.

Water underpins the viability of our irrigation area that, in turn, is the foundation of the region's economy and community. Streams within the region are highly valued for a range of reasons: irrigation, industry, potable water supply, stock and domestic water supply, recreation (both passive and active), the presence of threatened and vulnerable fish species aesthetic beauty and biodiversity.

Stream health in the region is of vital importance, not only for the local region but also for communities over 500 km downstream.

The need to protect and enhance the condition of our river environments is widely recognised. The aim of this program is to identify rivers of high value for protection and enhancement and to identify opportunities for restoration or improving the environmental condition of other rivers throughout the catchment.

In this section

Levee Maintenance Permit (Crown Land)

The levee maintenance permit scheme is set out in the Water Act 1989 and permits are issued by Catchment Management Authorities (CMA) as delegates of the Minister.

Barmah Forest and The Living Murray Program

The biggest ecosystem of its type in the world, the Barmah–Millewa Forest is the largest river red gum forest in Australia, covering 66,000 hectares of floodplain between Tocumwal, Deniliquin and Echuca. The Barmah-Millewa Forest is one of six “icon sites” of The Living Murray program managed by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Fire Recovery 2009

The Kilmore East – Murrindindi Complex North Fire was first reported on Saturday 7th February 2009 and burnt approximately 252,000 ha of land. A total of 188,000ha was burnt in the Goulburn Broken Catchment affecting a significant area of the upper Goulburn River catchment between Kilmore / Wandong and Alexandra, and resulted in loss of life, devastation to social and built assets and natural values.

Floodplain Management

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Goulburn River Large Scale River Restoration Project

The aim of the Goulburn River Large Scale River Restoration project was to protect the values of the Goulburn River and its floodplain and riparian zones.

Goulburn Broken Waterway Strategy

The Goulburn Broken Waterway Strategy 2014-2022 reflects the vast amount of work the community has achieved in waterway health over many years. It incorporates recent environmental and policy drivers and knowledge gained through research and monitoring. A summary of the strategy is provided below.

Lake Mokoan

Lake Mokoan is an artificial lake in Victoria. It was created in 1971 when water from Broken River and Hollands Creek was diverted into Winton Swamp roughly 7 km from Benalla

Mansfield Planning Scheme Amendment C15

Mansfield Shire Council, in association with the Goulburn Broken CMA, has prepared draft flood mapping for the Mansfield Planning Scheme Amendment C15.

Program Implementation & Incentives

The Waterways program is one of the two operational Roles of the Authority (the other being in Floodplain Management). The Implementation or Waterway Program oversees river health and water quality research, monitoring and implementation activities in the catchment.

Program Priorities

Rigorous priorities have been set in the River Health Strategy, and are set according to a number of criteria:

Quarries on the Goulburn

The Goulburn Broken CMA in association with the Department of Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has investigated the risks posed by large scale quarrying (sand and gravel extraction) on the floodplain in the event of a large flood along the mid-Goulburn River, primarily the reach from Yea to the Hume Freeway (north of Seymour).

Recreational Fishing

The Goulburn Broken CMA in partnership with other government agencies and the community undertake a range of activities to protect and enhance the value of our streams for recreational activity.

Shepparton East Flood Study

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA), in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council, has engaged consultants BMT WBM to investigate overland flooding in the Shepparton East area. The study will investigate the issues that caused and/or exacerbated flooding in Shepparton East as a result of the localised intense storm activity experienced in 1993 and more recently in February this year.

Works on Waterways

The Goulburn Broken CMA has the functions under the Water Act 1989 to assess works on waterway applications, and where appropriate, issue permits to construct works or undertake activities on a waterway.

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