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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.

All this work is guided by the Goulburn Broken Waterway Strategy 2014 - 2022.

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Floodplain Management

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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.

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.

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).

Waterway 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.

Water for the environment

Water for the environment is water legally set aside to protect or improve the environmental values of wetlands and streams. Environmental water entitlements are held by the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH), the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).

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.

Constraints Management Strategy

As part of the Basin Plan, the Victorian Government contracted the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority to lead regional input (community engagement and technical studies) into the development of the Goulburn River Constraints Management Business Case between May 2015 and February 2016.

Goulburn Broken Integrated Water Forum Strategic Directions Statement

The Victorian water sector is working together to create better outcomes for communities through the implementation of integrated water management.

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.

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