Overview

Overview

Background

Lower Murray Urban and Rural Water Corporation (LMW) proposes to undertake the Victorian Murray Floodplain Restoration Project (VMFRP) which consists of nine discrete sub-projects:

  • Gunbower
  • Guttrum-Benwell
  • Vinifera
  • Nyah
  • Burra Creek
  • Hattah Lakes North
  • Belsar-Yungera
  • Wallpolla Island
  • Lindsay Island.

The Lindsay Island Floodplain Restoration Project aims to return a more natural flood regime to improve the ecological condition across approximately 5,289 hectares of the Murray River Floodplain at Lindsay Island and Lake Wallawalla.

The Wallpolla Island Floodplain Restoration Project aims to return a more natural flood regimes to 2,672 hectares.

The works proposed for these projects will include:

  • Large and small regulators
  • Containment structures
  • Drop structures
  • Temporary cofferdams
  • Spillways
  • Culverts
  • Pump  suction  line
  • Hardstand areas
  • New access tracks and realignments/upgrades to existing access tracks; and
  • Borrow pit sites will be established to supply fill material in order to support construction.

As per the Minister’s Decision, one environment effects statement (EES) process will be undertaken to assess the potential environmental effects of both the Lindsay Island and Wallpolla Island projects.

Process

Scoping requirements

The scoping requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the environment effects statement (EES).

Draft scoping requirements for this EES were on public exhibition from 23 April to 14 May 2021.  You can view the draft scoping requirements at Engage Victoria.

After considering public submissions on the draft scoping requirements, the Minister for Planning will issue final scoping requirements.

Consultation plan

LMW has prepared a consultation plan for the EES, outlining the opportunities and approaches for its community engagement during the preparation of the EES.

The addendum below provides further details of specific consultation activities planned.

The plan and addendum may be updated as required during the preparation of the EES. If updates are made, the updated versions will be posted on this page.

Technical reference group

The department has convened an inter-agency Technical Reference Group (TRG) to advise the proponent and the department, as appropriate, on scoping and adequacy of the EES studies during the preparation of the EES, as well as coordination with statutory approval processes.


The organisations represented on the Technical Reference Group are:

  • DELWP – Impact Assessment
  • DELWP – Loddon Mallee Region
  • DAWE
  • DJPR - Earth Resources Regulation
  • Department of Transport
  • Aboriginal Victoria
  • Heritage Victoria
  • First People of the Millewa-Mallee Aboriginal Corporation
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • Campaspe Shire Council
  • Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Mallee Catchment Management Authority
  • North Central Catchment Management Authority
  • Parks Victoria
  • Lower Murray Water
  • Goulburn Murray Water
  • Environment Protection Authority.


TRG representatives are supported by internal experts on specific aspects of the EES studies.

Minister's decision

On 06 December 2020 the Minister for Planning required LMW to prepare a single environment effects statement (EES) under the Environment Effects Act 1978 to assess the potential environmental effects of the both the Lindsay Island and Wallpolla Island projects.

More information

Proposed Lindsay Island Floodplain Restoration Project and Wallpolla Island Floodplain Restoration Project queries:

EES process queries:

Impact Assessment Unit
☎ Phone: (03) 9392 5503
✉ Email: environment.assessment@delwp.vic.gov.au

Documents

All supporting documents can be found here.