AWMA environmental regulators and fishways will provide vital flow control solutions at a number of iconic sites within the Murray-Darling Basin.The Gunbower Koondrook-Perricoota River Red Gum Forests is one of the six icon sites identified under the Living Murray Initiative. The Murray River flows between the forest, with Gunbower on the southern side and Koondrook-Perricoota on the northern side of the river. Together, they form the second largest River Red Gum Forest in Australia with a total area of 50,000ha. Recognised for their many environmental, social and economic values, both forests are currently undergoing progressive works aimed to mimic natural flooding regimes, manage high flows and achieve ecological benefits.
Major works within the Gunbower Forest aim to increase the frequency of flooding to river red gums by diverting water from Gunbower Creek via an existing irrigation channel into an arm of Spur Creek. The proposed option will involve the construction of a new environmental regulator and levees on Gunbower Creek.
The AWMA water management structures will have the flexibility to be operated under a number of flow scenarios, in accordance with seasonal conditions and available water. A range of penstocks and fishway control structures were designed, manufactured and installed by AWMA to meet the site specific requirements. A new range of AWMA portable actuators was also supplied.
This project is a joint initiative of the North Central Catchment Management Authority, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Goulburn-Murray Water and Parks Victoria.
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Client: Goulburn-Murray Water
Asset Owner: Goulburn-Murray Water
Value: $2 Million
- Gumbower Forest Flood Enhancement Works
- The Living Murray Programs
- Department of Sustainability and Environment