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Community meeting to kick-off Wimmera wetland study

Tuesday 13 March, 2018

A new study into water levels in several iconic Wimmera wetlands including Lake Wallace, Natimuk Lake and St Mary’s Lake is seeking local input.

Wimmera CMA and Parks Victoria are kicking off the Wimmera Wetland Investigation with an information session in Natimuk Soldiers Memorial Hall on March 19 at 7pm.

The study is expected to take three months and will involve a combination of fieldwork and a review of previous technical studies and computer models showing catchment responses to rainfall events. It will also assess the potential environmental impacts of a proposed new weir and embankment at Natimuk Lake, which is managed by Parks Victoria.

Wimmera CMA chief executive David Brennan said local knowledge would be critical to the investigation.

“These wetlands are important to the local community and are key recreational and tourism destinations for the region. They are significant environmental assets, whether they are full or empty, and we want to better understand what impacts on the frequency and duration that they hold water,” he said.

The investigation will look at landscape and climatic factors that influence runoff into the lakes.

Parks Victoria regional director Sally Lewis said the investigation would provide an evidence-based assessment of the potential impact of the proposed weir at Natimuk Lake.

“Natimuk Lake has important environmental, recreational, tourism and community values that need to be protected. We look forward to sharing the findings of this study with the community when it’s complete,” she said.

St Mary’s Lake, Lake Natimuk and Natimuk Creek Lake Reserve are part of the Natimuk-Douglas saline wetland system and are recognised as nationally significant wetlands. Lake Wallace supports a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Experienced water engineering and environmental consulting firm Water Technology is doing the Wimmera Wetland Investigation as part of Wimmera CMA’s Wimmera Waterway Strategy (2014-2022), funded by the Victorian Government Water for Victoria Program with support from Parks Victoria.

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