work on the Banks 2013-2014

Construction of floodplain structures (Banks B,C,E,D,F,F1,G, Snake creek stock crossing and Coombes bridge. The procurement process has commenced for construction following completion of detailed designs.

Significant work has been undertaken by DEWNR in the past few months to satisfy Government procurement requirements prior to going to tender. At this stage because of budgetary constraints, there is likely to be a staged approach to construction.

Banks B, B2 and C  will be the first rebuilt, then the removal of Banks G and H and the removal of Coombs Bridge. Snake creek crossing removal can be done at any stage.

The other sites D,F and F1 will be deferred until there is further clarity on funds from other sources.

PRLMG is still seeking a detailed drawing of the new structures B, B2 and C.

you will note that access to the area from the SE will not be possible after the removal of Coombs Bridge.

(from PIP reference committee October 2013).


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PIP reference meeting 4 October 2013

The next PIP reference meeting will be held 4 October 2013  10am . Bruce Hewett will be attending. Leroy Sims, PRLMG’s other delegate will be an apology.  Items discussed in that meeting were-

Signs promoting the efforts of restoration-nothing has progressed despite the fact that a budget from the Government is available to construct signs. It appears that there are more important issues for some government/semi government personel.

Plans were approved to load a Government Pike River website. Again government red tape seems to stop this happening. never mind this is the website that matters.

Community information event on October 26.

Despite the Aboriginal survey reports being paid for from the Riveriene Recovery Grant funds (Australian Government) it appears that these reports are deemed confidential to the Indigenous people and we may never know what they include. Is this a fair and proper way to spend community grant funds?

Cattle are still on the floodplain albeit in smaller numbers. DEWNR officers have advised owners of cattle that a final comply letter is to be posted soon. PRLMG have been assisting in the removal of cattle but the process has been slow and arduous

DEWNR planted several thousand trees on the Pike high plains earlier this year and have no facility to water them. They are asking the community to assist and PRLMG will respond with offers in due course.

Salinity is a high priority area for the government and a draft report on pike salinity has been completed and forwarded to the Murray Darling Basin Authority. Their report will issue in March 2014.

Upgrade of deep creek regulator has been on hold for over one year because of landowner access problems. Matters have been elevated to the Minister who has endorsed actions […]

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