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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).


October 7th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 […]

October 7th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Investing in better wetland and floodplain management

This project focuses on using adaptive management and engineering solutions to restore more natural water flows to critical ecosystems along the River Murray between Wellington and the border of South Australia and Victoria. It will deliver benefits to wetlands and floodplains through the efficient use of environmental water. It will also deliver up to 15 gigalitres of environmental water savings to the Australian Government to be used for environmental purposes within the southern-connected basin. The Living Murray Chowilla Floodplain project is also taking place in the inland River Murray area.

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(Originally posted on Department Environment, Water & Natural Resources website)

Early on-ground works

In the first round of works, new infrastructure is being installed – and existing infrastructure upgraded – at key inland locations. This will allow us to better manage environmental flows to make these areas more resilient to future periods of drought and low water availability. The works will considerably improve the health of wetlands and floodplains, and at just one site (Yatco Lagoon) environmental water savings of around 610 megalitres a year will be made. Local communities, including landowners, irrigators and Aboriginal Nations, worked with government to create a vision for their environment and played a significant role in developing the scope of these projects.

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(Originally posted on Department Environment, Water & Natural Resources website)

Pike Floodplain

The Pike Floodplain covers 6700 hectares between Paringa and Lyrup near Renmark and is a high priority ecological and cultural area of the River Murray. Aquatic habitats at the floodplain comprise permanent fast and slow flowing anabranches, and permanent and temporary wetlands. Currently, the floodplain suffers from declining ecological health. Key threats include altered flow regimes, elevated highly saline groundwater, obstructions to fish passage, and pest plants and animals. Three of the six major weirs in the Lower Murray provide a unique opportunity for large floodplain inundation. The Pike system, which straddles Lock 5, provides one such opportunity. The works being undertaken as part of the Riverine Recovery Project are enhancing infrastructure to manage natural high flow events and provide improved hydrological connectivity and fish passage.

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(Originally posted on Department Environment, Water & Natural Resources website)

A Renewed Commitment to Picturesque Pike Floodplain

The State Government has renewed its commitment to work with the local community on the on-going rehabilitation of the important 6700 hectare Pike Floodplain in the Riverland.

Minister for Water and the River Murray Paul Caica today signed an MOU with the Pike River Land Management Group, the Renmark to the Border Local Action Planning Association and the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Board.

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Reduced flows leads to frenzy of activity on the Pike Floodplain

A major project aimed at improving water management across the Pike Floodplain in South Australia’s Riverland has reached a significant milestone. A reduction in Murray River flows has allowed vital vegetation, cultural heritage, and land surveying to be undertaken, along with deep drilling tests and remediation trials on salt-affected soil. The results of this work will help progress the Pike Floodplain upgrade project, part of the Riverine Recovery Project which is funded by both the South Australian and Australian Governments.

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(Originally posted on Department Environment, Water & Natural Resources website)

February 22nd, 2013|Press Releases|0 Comments