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Muckatah plaque restored

By Country News

A plaque commemorating the opening of the first stage of the Muckatah Surface Water Management Scheme at Kinnairds Wetland near Numurkah has been replaced after it was lost during the 2014 fires.

Numurkah resident, and a key figure in developing the Muckatah Surface Water Management Scheme, Allen Canobie noticed the plaque was missing earlier this year and alerted Moira Shire Council.

The council and Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority worked together to track down the original wording and on November 26, the Moira Shire Environment Sustainability Advisory Committee installed the replacement sign.

The Muckatah Surface Water Management Scheme was constructed in 1999 to provide drainage to about 60000ha of the Muckatah catchment.

Part of the design included constructing a drainage area to allow water from the main drain to flow through the northern and eastern sections of Kinnairds Wetland and restore the natural wetting and drying regime to this important area.

This created a wetland area that, as well as supporting wildlife, provides minor flood retardation and reduces nutrient and sediment discharge into nearby Broken Creek.

The works now also allow water for the environment to be delivered to the wetland.

The scheme was awarded an Australian Engineering Excellence Award and a national Banksia Environment Award.

Walking and cycling tracks and birdwatching areas have since been built at the wetland, which is now a popular eco-tourism destination for locals and visitors.

The original plaque was unveiled by then Prime Minister John Howard on August 5, 1999.