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.

The section provide guidelines that should be read before application forms are submitted.

Are You Proposing to Undertake Works or Activities on a Waterway?

To protect our rivers and creeks it is important that new activities or works undertaken do not adversely affect the health of those waterways.

Many practices in the past have caused major degradation to our waterways. For example, poorly constructed crossings and other structures can cause erosion, obstruct water flow and hinder the passage of aquatic life.

Works and/or activities in, under, on or over designated waterways require a permit from the regional Catchment Management Authority (CMA). Works and/or activities may include:

  • Access crossings including bridges, culverts and fords
  • Service/utility crossings
  • Stormwater outlets
  • Stabilisation works such as bank protection, battering, and retaining structures
  • Vegetation and debris removal
  • Sand and gravel extraction

What is a Designated Waterway?

Designated waterways are named or un-named, permanent or seasonal, and range in size from a river to a natural depression. Designated waterways are declared under the Water Act 1989. Maps of these waterways can be inspected at your local CMA office.

Why Do You Need a Permit?

CMAs are responsible for the control, management and authorisation of works and activities in, under, on or over designated waterways.

Approval to undertake works and/or activities ensures the protection and care of waterways, and the conservation and preservation of flora, fauna and habitat in waterways throughout the catchment.

What Happens if You Don't Obtain a Permit?

Failure to obtain a permit or failure to observe the given conditions may constitute an offence under the Water -Act 1989 or the CMA's Waterways Protection By-law. Penalties for offences do apply.

Are There Any Exemptions?

In general, works associated with:

  • A licence to take and use water; or
  • The right to water; or
  • A dam or weir situated on a designated waterway for which a licence has been issued;

do not require a permit from the CMA, as they are regulated by the Rural Water Authority.

Rural Water Authority contact details:

Goulburn Murray Water 1800 013 357 (free call)

Other Considerations

If you propose to undertake works on land that you do not own, including Crown land, written consent from the landowner must be provided to support the application.

Some works may also require a planning permit such as the removal of native vegetation. It is your responsibility to obtain any other required permits or approvals.

Applications to undertake works may also require the preparation of a Cultural Heritage Management Plan. It is your responsibility to determine whether a plan is required. Further information can be found online at www.aboriginalaffairs.vic.gov.au or contact Aboriginal Affairs Victoria direct, (03)  9208 3333.

Some other exemptions may apply. Please contact the CMA for further information.

Works on Waterways Permit Application Process

Step 1:  Permit applications and guidelines are available  by clicking on the links below or by contacting the Goulburn Broken CMA office.

Step 2:  Fill in the application form, providing as much detail as possible, before submitting the application to the Goulburn Broken CMA by post (PO Box 1752, Shepparton.  Vic.  3630 or email your application to "planning@gbcma.vic.gov.au".

Step 3:  An assessment of the application is undertaken. Depending on the complexity of works further information may be required to progress your application. In this instance, additional charges may apply.

Step 4:  Subject to the application and proposed works being deemed as satisfactory, a permit is issued.

Step 5:  Any person, who carries out works or activities for which a permit has been issued must:

    • notify the CMA at least seven (7) days defore commencing the works or activities; and
    • Notify the CMA upon completion of the works or activities.

Note:  Unless otherwise stated, the permit issued is valid for one year from its date of issue (unless earlier revoked by the CMA).

Applications

Works on Waterways Applications

Specific Notes for Various Types of Works on Waterways Permits

  

Waterways Protection By-law