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 Victorian Mark Gepp today announced $2 million for the installation of an innovative recycled plastic regulator at Catfish Billabong on the River Murray, near Merbein.
The new regulator will create a more natural wetting and drying cycle and allow the whole wetland to be watered. This will improve vegetation health and water quality.
The project will support a diverse fish and bird community, including many threatened species, as well as reducing carp numbers.
The restoration of Catfish Billabong is an integral component of the Merbein Flagship Waterway Project.
The work will be managed by Mallee Catchment Management Authority and involve a range of partners including Parks Victoria and First People of the Millewa-Mallee Aboriginal Corporation.
Other projects sharing in the $17 million for environmental waterway works in Northern Victoria include:
- $2.8 million for the Barmah wetlands
- $5.1 million for the Ovens River
- $7.1 million for fish in 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 Catfish Billabong which provides significant habitat for many native fish and bird 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 bird numbers, this project will be a big boost the health of the whole billabong.”
“The Victorian Government is creating jobs and opportunities for Victorian businesses through water Infrastructure projects and environmental works across the state.”