You are here

Home > About > News and media releases > Many Hands reopen Bemm River mouth

News

Bemm River entrance reopening

Bemm River entrance reopening

Photo by: Unknown LDAP UserParks Victoria

Many Hands reopen Bemm River mouth

Wednesday 5 June, 2013

The Bemm River mouth was successfully reopened to the sea last Thursday thanks to the combined efforts of a local taskforce. Armed only with shovels, seven Parks Victoria staff, four Department of Environment and Primary Industry crew plus six local volunteers dug out the opening in just one and a half hours.

The team had their work cut out for them; the sand bar was 40 metres across and 1.5m high with a sharp drop away into the ocean. Reports and photos taken later that day by local resident Mark Cunningham showed a good sized channel had developed from the initial opening and a large amount of water was heading out to sea.

Testing of oxygen levels both at surface and lower water levels was done before the entrance was opened to make sure that if the opening closed prematurely, there would be adequate oxygen levels in the system for fish to survive.

Parks Victoria’s Mike Irvine says the system is now operating as a tidal estuary rather than a closed system.

“Sydenham Inlet, through which the Bemm River flows to the sea, has now dropped by a metre and half and is not in danger of flooding farmland, roads, picnic areas or other infrastructure in the township of Bemm River.

Thanks to East Gippsland CMA, which authorized the work, and all those involved, the reopening was done quickly and at the right time.”



Media enquiries

Sally Nowlan
0417391175

Parks Victoria media centre

Recent Stories

Nancy Millis Science in Parks Award now open

Friday 10 February, 2017
Applications are now open for the 2017 Nancy Millis Science in Parks Award. The award recognises outstanding projects that foster…

Pelican Island sand renourishment project a success

Monday 6 February, 2017
Sand renourishment and revegetation works undertaken in 2015 and 2016 to improve the habitat values for migratory birds on Pelican…

Hog Deer hunting to commence on Snake Island

Tuesday 31 January, 2017
The two-year trial of balloted Hog Deer hunting on Snake Island commences on Monday 6 February with a total of…

From Prep to Seasonal Ranger at Serendip Sanctuary

Tuesday 31 January, 2017
Every year, classes from Lara Primary School spend a week at the nearby Serendip Sanctuary as part of a partnership…

Deer control program to commence in Howitt-Wellington Plains

Friday 27 January, 2017
Deer control to commence in Howitt-Wellington Plains Parks Victoria’s trial deer control program will be extended to the Howitt-Wellington Plains…

Parks Victoria leader awarded Australia Day Public Service Medal

Friday 27 January, 2017
Congratulations to Parks Victoria alumnus Mr Graham Parkes who has been awarded a Public Service Medal in the 2017 Australia…

View all media releases