Water

Lake Buffalo expansion to be discussed at public forums

By Rodney Woods

The proposed expansion of Lake Buffalo will be the focus of community forums hosted by State Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy in the new year.

Mr McCurdy said the information sessions would detail the state opposition's call to refer the expansion of Lake Buffalo to the National Water Grid Authority.

“Since it was announced there has been a lot of interest from the community about the need to refer Big Buffalo to the Federal Government,” Mr McCurdy said.

“These forums will provide further information on the proposal and will include a question and answer session.”

Lake Buffalo has reached 100 per cent capacity every year since 2003.

Mr McCurdy said Big Buffalo would investigate increasing the existing dam capacity of 23 900 Ml — just six per cent of the mean annual flow of the Buffalo River — and connecting it to Lake Nillahcootie via a pipeline.

“I’m asking the Andrews Labor Government to reverse its panicked and unsupported ‘no dams’ policy and refer the expansion of Lake Buffalo to the Federal Government for investigation,” he said.

“Big Buffalo has been on the cards for a long time in north-east Victoria.

“We believe there is an opportunity — while the Federal Government is looking for big, nation-shaping projects — to see whether it can stack up.”

The public forums will be held at:

Bright: Bright Community Centre, 1 Railway Ave on Wednesday, January 15 at 7 pm.

Cobram: Presto Pasta and Pizza, 4 Mookarii St on Monday, January 20 at 7.30 pm.

Yarrawonga: Burkes Hotel, 96 Belmore St on Tuesday, January 21 at 7.30 pm.

Wangaratta: Charlie’s Restaurant & Bar, 76A Reid St on Wednesday, January 22 at 7.30 pm.

Myrtleford: Myrtleford RSL, 34 Smith St on Thursday, January 23 at 7 pm.

Moyhu: Moyhu Soldiers Memorial Hall, 24 Bartley Street on Monday, January 27 at 7.30 pm.

Whitfield: Mountain View Hotel, 4 King Valley Rd on Tuesday, January 28 at 7.30 pm.

For more information, phone Mr McCurdy’s electorate office on 5721 6155.