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Maude & District Landcare Group

The Landcare Group remains very concerned about the possibility of Barwon Water’s share of water from the Moorabool River being allocated to Central Highlands Water for use in Ballarat.

To help us all become better informed about the threat to the river from the reduced flow, an information meeting was held at Meredith on Tuesday, 12th May, when some 100 people heard from speakers Saul Vermeeron from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA), Cameron Steele from People from a Living Moorabool (PALM), Angus Ramsay from Southern Rural Water and Maude Landcare president and chairman for the evening, Peter Stray. 

Barwon Water, the CCMA and Central Highlands Water (Ballarat) have been operating under a flow regime which has allowed environmental flushes to be released periodically into the river from the upstream storages in an effort to ensure that some water is allowed to reach Batesford and beyond several times a year. This new proposal may mean that these flushes could be the only flow to pass the Lal Lal weir to come down the West Moorabool, apart from rain. In drought time such as at present, this would mean no water at all in the lower reaches of the river.

The State Government has released a discussion paper titled ‘Water for Victoria’ and submissions can be made at  - but you must do it now! The deadline is 13th. May, and is not likely to be further extended.

All those involved would like to thank the various media for their interest and coverage of this threat to our river. Particular thanks to the Bannockburn Newsletter for the excellent front page coverage. The fight is far from over, but community interest is high, and we are hopeful that we can help to change the plans.