Native fish habitat and endangered native fish species are also getting a boost thanks to $17 million for environmental waterway works in Northern Victoria.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp today announced $2.8 million for the construction of a new regulator and minor excavation works at the mouth of Kynmer Creek in Barmah National Park.
The works will allow lower flows into the creek and enable more water to reach the Barmah wetlands, and prevent unseasonal summer inflows.
The project will improve habitat for turtles, frogs, aquatic flora and small bodied native fish within the Ramsar listed Barmah wetlands, including Unspecked Hardyhead, Flathead Gudgeon and Murray-Darling Rainbowfish.
The work will be managed by Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and involve a range of partners including the Murray Darling Basin Authority, Parks Victoria and the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation.
Other projects sharing in the $17 million for environmental waterway works in Northern Victoria include:
- $2 million for Catfish Billabong
- $5.1 million for the Ovens River
- $7.1 million for fish in the Gunbower and Loddon systems.
The funding is part of a $48.4 million investment in shovel-ready water projects under the Government’s new $2.7 billion Building Works program – to getting thousands of people back to work across our state as Victoria continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp
“This funding is an important boost for the Barmah wetlands, which provides significant habitat for threatened native fish species.”
“The Building Works package will create jobs across Victoria thanks to projects just like this.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Water Lisa Neville
“As well as improving native fish and wildlife numbers, this project will improve the health of Ramsar listed Barmah wetlands.”
“The Victorian Government is creating jobs and opportunities for Victorian businesses through water Infrastructure projects and environmental works across the state.”