Lake protection works start

By Cobram Courier

The second stage of foreshore erosion protection works began at Lake Mulwala on Monday to protect the area from further erosion.

The first stage was completed in 2015 along Bank St in Yarrawonga, and the second stage will be completed along River Rd during the planned drawdown of Lake Mulwala from May to July 2018.

Goulburn-Murray Water customer infrastructure and assets manager Marc Lon Ho Kee said the lake foreshore at Yarrawonga has been subject to significant erosion in the past, mainly due to wave action.

‘‘Despite repeated attempts using rock beaching and other techniques, erosion has continued to be a concern for the foreshore area. This project will protect the foreshore and safeguard from further environmental damage,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re creating a long-term solution that will reduce maintenance costs, ensure the ongoing enjoyment and safety of recreational users and protect water quality and environmental values.’’

It is estimated 160m of works will be completed in this stage.

A shared gravel path in the area will be temporarily fenced off for the duration of construction.

Mr Lon Ho Kee said the works also aligned with G-MW’s Lake Mulwala Land and On-Water Management Plan, which aims to better manage the important values of the lake and foreshore.

‘‘While the main purpose of Lake Mulwala is to provide water to NSW and Victorian farmers, we recognise it’s a popular spot for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, walking and bird and wild-life watching,’’ he said.

G-MW manages the foreshore environment of Lake Mulwala on behalf of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

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