Barwon Water submits scope of works to inform Boundary Creek and Big Swamp Remediation Plan to Southern Rural Water
In mid-September, 2018, Barwon Water received a Section 78 Ministerial Notice pursuant to Section 78 of the Water Act 1989, directing the corporation to develop and implement a remediation plan for the Boundary Creek and Big Swamp environments
In accordance with that notice, Barwon Water submitted its scope of works to Southern Rural Water by December 20.
The scope of works outlines the area that will be covered by the remediation plan, the environmental values to be included and the necessary environmental assessments and methodology proposed to develop the remediation plan.
In developing the scope of works, Barwon Water has:
- identified all appropriate hydrogeological, hydrological and geochemical assessments to support the development of the remediation plan.
- incorporated ideas and feedback gathered from the community via Barwon Water’s Boundary Creek and Big Swamp remediation working group (including the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority).
- shared a draft scope of works with Southern Rural Water’s independent technical review panel for feedback.
- considered the State Environmental Protection Policy (Victorian Waters).
In addition, the Boundary Creek and Big Swamp remediation working group has also benefitted from the advice of three independent technical experts who they nominated to support them in their discussions. The scope of works document also incorporates input from these technical experts.
Further, Barwon Water has also proposed that a review of the scope of works be undertaken by the working group’s nominated technical experts.
Based on these further inputs, and any further feedback from Southern Rural Water’s independent technical review panel, Barwon Water may refine the scope of works and provide any updated information to Southern Rural Water.
The Boundary Creek and Big Swamp remediation community and stakeholder working group has been informed of this approach and will be provided ongoing updates.
The group is made up of representatives from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA), Colac Otway Shire Council, LAWROC, PALM (People for a Living Moorabool), Upper Barwon Landcare Group, Boundary Creek landowners, Traditional Owners and other interested community members.