Environment Pillar Update
The Pillar met on April 8 at Barwon Water Building. Focus of the meeting was on the Barwon River and its environs.
Barwon River Advisory Committee (Christine Forster, MAC Chair)
Christine provided an overview of the MAC’s inception, its Terms of Reference, membership and work to date.
Barwon River Parklands (David Watson CCMA)
David provided an overview of the background to the Barwon River Parklands Project and updated the Pillar on recent activities of the newly convened inter-agency Working Group.
Aqueduct Park - Porronggitj Karrong (Kate Milburn Barwon Water)
Kate presented an overview of the 66 ha Porronggitj Karrong (Brolga Place) parkland site project, including the project timelines, key initiatives and the partnership between Barwon Water and Wadawurrung to explore traditional owner approaches to land and water management.
Sparrowvale Master Plan (Donna Smithyman COGG)
Donna delivered a presentation providing an overview of the 500 ha site, its history and hydrology including the Barwon River Barrage, and the master planning currently underway. The Pillar discussed the ecological and RAMSAR values on the site and its importance as a wetland habitat.
Securing our Future Water (Kate Sullivan Barwon Water)
Kate presented to the Pillar on the region’s long-term water demand and supply. The presentation discussed the water supply network, water demand and capacity forecasts (including and excluding Barwon Downs borefield extraction) and factors such as population increase and a drying climate. The presentation outlined the approach to meeting future challenges through integrated water management, managing demand, optimising and diversifying the existing supply networks and new water supply options. Kate explained Barwon Water’s intention to work alongside the community to test and explore all the options available to ensure the region’s future resilience and prosperity.
The presentations were extremely informative and provided a general update on each of the projects underway.
The Pillar supported a recommendation to the G21 Board to provide cash funding of $5,000 to the Barwon River Parklands project for the development of a business case.
Projects for focus during the year include:
- Renewable Energy (July Meeting)
- Waste – e-waste (Aug/ September meeting)
- IWM Northern and Western Growth Areas (Oct/ Nov meeting).