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Hattah Lakes Program Wins Premier’s Sustainability Award

The Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) entered the Hattah Lakes program in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards to acknowledge the ongoing and important involvement of partner agencies, organisations and community groups in the protection of this iconic lake system.

“This award recognises and celebrates the innovative approaches used to secure a sustainable, long-term solution for Hattah Lakes,” Mallee CMA Board Chairperson Sharyon Peart said. This was the first time the esteemed awards, which are now in their eleventh year, included a category for environmental protection.

“The work that’s been undertaken at Hattah Lakes over the past decade has been a truly collaborative effort, involving the local community, many community organisations, and partner agencies,” Ms Peart said.

The Mallee CMA coordinated the environmental watering program, on behalf of the Victorian Government and in partnership with the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

The environmental infrastructure built at Hattah Lakes during 2012-13 was funded through the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s The Living Murray Program, which is funded by the Victorian Government and other Basin states. The constructing authority was Goulburn-Murray Water.

“The Hattah project is a good example of how environmental works and measures can offer more accessible and efficient ways to achieve environmental outcomes in wetlands and floodplains along the Murray River,” Ms Peart said.

“Using water more efficiently means environmental outcomes can be achieved without further significant economic impact on communities.”

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