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Community urged to learn more about works at Hattah Lakes

Local community groups are invited to learn more about environmental works due to begin at Hattah Lakes. Community information sessions have been underway for some time to inform locals about the works, but the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is keen to ensure as many people as possible know what is going on.

Community urged to learn more about  works at Hattah Lakes

Chalka Creek, Hattah-Kulkyne National Park

“We have been out talking to people about what the works are and why they are needed to help improve the health of Hattah Lakes, but it’s really important to us that people right across our region know what’s going on,” Mallee CMA Board Chairperson Sharyon Peart said.

River regulation has reduced the frequency, duration and extent of natural flooding at Hattah Lakes, which is endangering the long term survival of the system.

“We’ve used temporary pumping of environmental water as an emergency measure to keep the lakes and the environment alive, but these construction works will help deliver a long term solution.”

The planned works include the construction of a pump station, four regulators and three stop banks. The pump station will be constructed at Messengers Bend, where Chalka Creek meets the Murray River.

The water delivered to the lakes will come from environmental water allocations.

The works are part of ‘The Living Murray’ program, a joint initiative funded by the New South Wales, Victorian, South Australian, Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth governments, coordinated by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and aims to ensure environmental water is used efficiently and ecological benefits are maximised.

The Mallee CMA is coordinating the delivery of The Living Murray program in the Victorian Mallee, on behalf of the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment and the MDBA. The Mallee CMA is working in partnership with Parks Victoria, the land manager of the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park and Goulburn Murray Water, which is the constructing authority for the planned works.

Community consultation regarding the works has been underway since 2008, including the formation of a Community Reference Group, media coverage, stakeholder meetings, one-on-one discussions and group tours.
Ms Peart has encouraged all interested community groups to arrange a presentation about the Hattah Lakes works at their next meeting.

“We’ve been presenting to local groups about the works for months and the response to these presentations has been fantastic,” she said.

“The presentations offer the opportunity for group members to have a chat with our staff and get direct feedback to any questions or concerns they may have regarding the works or surrounding areas.”

Ms Peart said regular updates will be available during the construction phase on the Mallee CMA website's Hattah Page ; the Parks Victoria website; and the Hattah Lakes twitter page @HattahLakes.

“The updates will follow up on information included in the presentations and will include images of progress and alerts on any road closures or access limitations as a result of the construction works,” she said.

To find out more information on the planned construction at Hattah Lakes or to arrange a presentation at your next meeting, contact Coordinator Catchment Information and Communication Lauren Murphy at the Mallee CMA on 5051 4331 or

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