Kyneton Offsets Project

The Kyneton Offsets Project is a $2.1 million plan, that will deliver environmental improvement works to 10 kilometres of land along the Campaspe River and Post Office Creek in Kyneton, to offset the impact of water releases from the  Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant to the Campaspe River.

The project will be delivered in partnership with the North Central Catchment Management Authority (North Central CMA) and will involve the removal of willows and subsequent fencing and revegetation along Post Office Creek and Campaspe River waterways.

 

> Project background

The Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant releases (discharges) treated wastewater to the Campaspe River under an Environmental Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) Licence.

The plant is challenged in its ability to comply with the conditions set out in the EPA Licence due to the increased inflow volumes to the plant from the growing service area, and reduced periods of appropriate flow rates within the Campaspe River to accommodate the treated water release.

Over the next four years, we are developing and implementing a plan to upgrade the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant to ensure the site continues to meet service and EPA compliance requirements for the next 20 years.

In the interim of these works being completed, the environmental improvement works that will be carried out as part of this project will create an 'offset' to help ensure water quality at the release point of the plant and beyond is maintained in the short term.

We are continuing to work with the EPA on proposed amendments to the Licence that accounts for the offsetting arrangement and ensures the plant's performance remains accountable.

 

> Caring for the Campaspe project

The Kyneton Offsets Project will see the continuation of the North Central CMA's successful Caring for the Campaspe project, which aims to enhance the waterway health and biodiversity of the Campaspe River.

For more information about the Caring for the Campaspe project visit www.nccma.vic.gov.au


 

 

 


 

 

Above: willow trees on the Campaspe River

 

> On-ground works

Ten kilometres of land along the Campaspe River and Post Office Creek will see the benefits of environmental improvement works.

In addition, 21 hectares of river frontage will be revegetated, using native trees and shrubs.

Twelve kilometres of fencing will also be installed to keep livestock out of the waterway.  Off-stream watering arrangements will be provided to landholders who will require an alternative water source for stock as a result of these works.

The North Central CMA have been working with affected landholders in the lead up to works commencing.

Revegetation as part of this project will be managed to achieve a minimum of 80 per cent survival rate over a four-year period to ensure the success of the native trees, shrubs and grasses planted in these areas.

 

> Timeline

Willow removal works will commence in April 2019 and expect to be completed by the end of June 2019.

Revegetation works will commence in Spring 2019.

 

> Contact us

Please call our Customer Support Team on
1300 363 200 (1300 COLIBAN) or email us at communications@coliban.com.au

 

 

 

 


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