River Murray (Corowa to Ovens junction) Erosion Management Plan

A multi-agency committee co-chaired by Roads and Maritime Services and the Murray Darling Basin Authority has developed a draft Erosion Management Plan to trial along the section of the River Murray between Corowa and the Ovens River junction.

Project background

Monitoring undertaken by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) over several years has identified a section of the River Murray between Corowa and the Ovens River junction as experiencing accelerated rates of bank erosion.

The River Murray Erosion Committee, which comprises NSW, Victorian and Federal representatives and local councils has been established to manage the implementation of erosion strategies presented in the draft River Murray (Corowa to Ovens River) Erosion Management Plan).

What’s in the draft Erosion Management Plan?

The draft River Murray (Corowa to Ovens River) Erosion Management Plan has been developed to address the excessive rates of erosion along with safety and amenity issues for passive waterway users identified in this section of the River.

The plan considers land and water based erosion management strategies, with key components including riverbank protection work and restrictions on high-wash/wake boating activities. The proposed strategies seek to address environmental and community safety needs while ensuring the community can continue to enjoy the river in a sustainable and responsible manner and minimising economic impact on the various industries directly or indirectly reliant on the river.

The Plan was developed as a result of the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s report on bank erosion in this section of the river.

Community engagement

In September 2016, committee members discussed the proposed plan with key stakeholders drawn from local residents, the local boating industry, tourism operators, clubs and associations . Using the feedback  from this exercise, the committee finalised a Draft Management Plan to take to the wider community for comment.

Following a successful information session at Bundalong on 15 January, there are two  public information sessions held where the community can see a presentation on the issue, talk to committee members and leave feedback on the Draft Plan. These sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Yarrawonga: 6:00pm-8.00pm on Tuesday 13 February 2018 at the Yarrawonga Community Hall, Orr Street, Yarrawonga
  • Corowa: 6:00pm-8.00pm on Thursday 15 February 2018 at The Memorial Hall, Sanger Street, Corowa.

In addition to our interactive map (on this page) you can leave feedback on the Draft Plan by emailing MurrayRiverErosion@rms.nsw.gov.au.

For further information, please call the project team during business hours on 1800 316 622.

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