Erosion to be tackled

By Country News

The second stage of foreshore erosion protection works began at Lake Mulwala last week to prevent further damage.

Following the completion of the first stage in 2015 along Bank St in Yarrawonga, the second stage will be completed along River Rd during the planned draw-down of Lake Mulwala from May to July.

Goulburn-Murray Water customer infrastructure and assets manager Marc Lon Ho Kee said the lake foreshore at Yarrawonga had been subject to significant erosion in the past, mainly due to wave action.

‘‘Despite repeated attempts using rock beaching and other techniques, erosion has continued to be a concern for the foreshore area; this project will protect the foreshore and safeguard from further environmental damage,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re creating a long-term solution that will reduce maintenance costs, ensure the ongoing enjoyment and safety of recreational users, and protect water quality and environmental values.’’

An estimated 160m of works are due to be completed in this stage with a shared gravel path in the area temporarily fenced off for the duration of construction.

‘‘While the main purpose of Lake Mulwala is to provide water to NSW and Victorian farmers, we recognise it’s a popular spot for recreational activities such as fishing, boating, walking and bird and wildlife watching,’’ he said.