GOULBURN BROKEN WETLANDS - Seasonal Watering Proposal 2017-2018 - Goulburn Broken CMA

 
GOULBURN BROKEN WETLANDS - Seasonal Watering Proposal 2017-2018 - Goulburn Broken CMA
Goulburn Broken Wetlands

  GOULBURN BROKEN
        WETLANDS
Seasonal Watering Proposal 2017-2018
GOULBURN BROKEN WETLANDS - Seasonal Watering Proposal 2017-2018 - Goulburn Broken CMA
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Publication details

Published by:
Jo Wood
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
PO Box 1752, Shepparton 3632

© Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, 2017.

Please cite this document as: GB CMA (2017). Goulburn Broken Wetlands Seasonal Watering Proposal 2017-
2018. Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Shepparton.

Disclaimer:

This publication may be of assistance to you, but the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority does
not guarantee that the publication is without flaw of any kind or is wholly appropriate for your particular
purposes and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequences which may arise from you
relying on information in this publication.

It should be noted that specific reference to funding levels in this strategy are for indicative purposes only. The
level of Government investment in this plan is contingent on budgets and government priorities.

For further information, please contact:
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
P.O. Box 1752, Shepparton 3632
Phone: (03) 5822 7700
Website: www.gbcma.vic.gov.au

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This proposal identifies the environmental water requirements of seven wetlands in the Goulburn Broken
Catchment in 2017-2018 under a range of climatic scenarios to protect, enhance or maintain their environmental
values and health.

The seven wetlands covered by this proposal are: Black Swamp; Doctors Swamp; Kinnairds Wetland; Moodie
Swamp; Gaynor Swamp; Stockyard Plain and Reedy Swamp. Gaynor Swamp and Stockyard Plain have not been
included in previous proposals.

Key stakeholders including Park Victoria, Goulburn-Murray Water, the Victorian Environmental Water Holder
and the Goulburn Broken Wetland Technical Reference Group and Goulburn Broken Wetland Management
Group were consulted during the development of this proposal. Key stakeholders will continue to be consulted
during the implementation of the proposal and any water deliveries that may occur also. Community groups and
the wider public will be informed of environmental water delivery decisions and outcomes during the
implementation of the proposal consistent with the Goulburn Broken Environmental Water Communication
Action Plan. The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Board was also consulted during the
development of the proposal and its priorities. Difficulties in obtaining meeting times with Yorta Yorta Nation
Aboriginal Corporation means the group were consulted after the proposal was finalised.

The wetlands covered by this proposal did not receive any environmental water in 2016-2017. Natural flooding
in late winter/ early spring of 2016 filled the wetlands to full supply/ flood level. Summer rainfall events kept the
wetlands topped up over the warmer months, keeping them wet until early autumn 2017. All priority watering
actions for wetlands in 2016-2017 were met from natural flooding events. The wetlands responded well to the
natural flooding events with some flora and fauna species recorded at the sites for the first time. These species
included: Sloanes Froglet at Doctors Swamp; Blue-billed Duck and Myriophylum simulans at Moodie Swamp; and
Freckled Duck at Black Swamp.

Due to this flooding Black Swamp, Doctors Swamp, Kinnairds Wetland, Moodie Swamp and Reedy Swamp
exceeded their maximum wetting regimes and entered into a prolonged wetting phase. Priorities for 2017-2018
are to promote the desired drying periods for Black Swamp, Doctors Swamp, Kinnairds Wetland, Moodie Swamp
and Reedy Swamp. Currently Black Swamp and Kinnairds wetland are dry, Doctors Swamp, Moodie Swamp and
Reedy Swamp are still holding water. Water may be delivered to Moodie Swamp in autumn 2018 if the desired
drying period has been met. Gaynor Swamp and Stockyard Plain are currently dry and may receive
environmental water in autumn 2018.

Key risks associated with the proposed delivery of environmental water to all seven wetlands in the Goulburn
Broken Catchment include: the resource manager being unable to deliver the required flow rates; improving
conditions for non-native species; and the environmental water account being overdrawn. Additional site
specific risks include: works on the delivery channel at Gaynor Swamp not being completed in time for the
proposed environmental water delivery in autumn 2018; and not receiving the necessary private landholder
approval to deliver environmental water to Stockyard Plain.

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Environmental water required to support the 2017-2018 are shown in the summary table below.
                                                                  Drought Scenario – Dry Scenario                           Average to Wet Scenario

 WETLAND       ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES             AREA     PRIORITY 1        PRIORITY 2     PRIORITY 3       PRIORITY 1        PRIORITY 2           PRIORITY 3
                                                    (Ha)
                                                           Volume required      Volume          Volume       Volume required       Volume        Volume required
                                                            for April-May      required        required       for April-May       required      for April-May 2018
                                                                 2018          for April-      for April-          2018           for April-
                                                                               May 2018        May 2018                           May 2018

  Moodie     Maintain diversity of native wetland   180          NA               500                              NA                500          300ML - This is
  Swamp      flora consistent with cane-grass EVC                                                                                                    under the
               and maintain populations of Rigid                                                                                                 assumption that
                Water Milfoil and Slender Water                                                                                                  the wetland will
               Milfoil. Provide opportunities for                                                                                                 have received
                 waterbird breeding especially                                                                                                     some natural
                             Brolga.                                                                                                                  inflows.

  Gaynor       Improve the diversity of native      303          NA                                 1000           NA                            500 ML - This is
  Swamp        wetland flora species consistent                                                                                                     under the
                with the mosaic of EVCs and                                                                                                      assumption that
               maintain habitat for waterbird                                                                                                    the wetland will
                    refugia and breeding.                                                                                                         have received
                                                                                                                                                  some natural
                                                                                                                                                     inflows.

 Stockyard     Improve the diversity of native      16.5         NA                                 1000           NA                             500ML - This is
   Plain       wetland flora species consistent                                                                                                      under the
                with the mosaic of EVCs and                                                                                                      assumption that
               maintain habitat for waterbird                                                                                                    the wetland will
                    refugia and breeding.                                                                                                         have received
                                                                                                                                                   some natural
                                                                                                                                                      inflows.

  Doctors    To maintain the diversity of native    200          NA                           500 * This           NA                500        300ML This would
  Swamp       wetland flora species consistent                                                would be a                                         be a partial fill.
              with Red Gum Swamp and Plains                                                   partial fill
               Grassy Wetland EVCs. Provide
                opportunities for waterbird
                         breeding.

  Totals                                                     Wetlands to        500 ML         2500 ML         Wetlands to         500 ML              1600 ML
                                                             remain dry –                                      remain dry –
                                                            dependent on                                      dependent on
                                                            how long they                                     how long they
                                                           hold water from                                   hold water from
                                                             2016 floods.                                       2016 floods

The maximum amount of water required is approximately 2500ML under a Drought-Dry scenario under
Priority 3. This assumes works have been conducted at Gaynor Swamp in time for delivery of water and
adjoining landowners to Stockyard Plain are in agreeance of the delivery of environmental water to the site.

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CONTENTS

Executive summary ................................................................................................................................................. ii
Glossary and acronyms ......................................................................................................................................... vii
Introduction and system overview ......................................................................................................................... 1
   Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................ 1
   Purpose ............................................................................................................................................................... 1
   System Overview ................................................................................................................................................ 1
       Black Swamp ................................................................................................................................................... 4
       Doctors Swamp ............................................................................................................................................... 6
       Gaynor Swamp................................................................................................................................................ 8
       Kinnairds Wetland .......................................................................................................................................... 9
       Moodie Swamp ............................................................................................................................................. 11
       Reedy Swamp ............................................................................................................................................... 13
       Stockyard Plain ............................................................................................................................................. 16
Engagement .......................................................................................................................................................... 18
   Shared Benefit Considerations ......................................................................................................................... 21
Environmental Objectives and Flow Recommendations ...................................................................................... 22
Seasonal Review ................................................................................................................................................... 27
   2016-2017 Ecological Review ........................................................................................................................... 27
   Current Ecological Conditions ........................................................................................................................... 29
   Key Observations .............................................................................................................................................. 29
Scenario Planning ................................................................................................................................................. 32
   Scenario Planning Overview ............................................................................................................................. 32
       Climatic Outlook for 2017-2018 ................................................................................................................... 32
       Priority Watering Actions 2017-2018 ........................................................................................................... 33
       Scenario Planning ......................................................................................................................................... 36
       Shared Benefits Outcomes ........................................................................................................................... 37
Delivery Constraints.............................................................................................................................................. 38
Increasing Knowledge ........................................................................................................................................... 39
   Monitoring ........................................................................................................................................................ 39
   Reporting .......................................................................................................................................................... 39
   Knowledge Gaps and Limitations ..................................................................................................................... 40
Risk Management ................................................................................................................................................. 40
Approval and Endorsement .................................................................................................................................. 42
References ............................................................................................................................................................ 43

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Appendix ............................................................................................................................................................... 44

Table 1. Listed wetland dependent fauna recorded at Black Swamp. ................................................................... 5
Table 2. Listed wetland dependent flora recorded at Black Swamp. ..................................................................... 5
Table 3. Listed wetland dependent fauna recorded at Doctors Swamp. ............................................................... 7
Table 4. Listed wetland dependent flora recorded at Doctors Swamp. ................................................................. 7
Table 5. Listed wetland dependent fauna recorded at Gaynor Swamp. ................................................................ 8
Table 6. Listed wetland dependent flora recorded at Gaynor Swamp. .................................................................. 8
Table 7. Listed wetland dependent fauna recorded at Kinnairds Wetland. ......................................................... 10
Table 8. Listed wetland dependent flora recorded at Kinnairds Wetland. ........................................................... 10
Table 9. Listed wetland dependent species recorded at Moodie Swamp. ........................................................... 12
Table 10. Listed wetland depended flora recorded at Moodie Swamp. .............................................................. 12
Table 11. Listed wetland dependent fauna recorded at Reedy Swamp. .............................................................. 14
Table 12. Listed wetland dependent flora recorded at Reedy Swamp................................................................. 14
Table 13. Listed wetland dependent fauna recorded at Stockyard Plain. ............................................................ 17
Table 14. Listed wetland dependent flora recorded at Stockyard Plain. .............................................................. 17
Table 15. Seasonal watering proposal development and implementation consultation process........................ 20
Table 16. Shared benefit opportunities for Goulburn Broken Wetlands 2017-2018. .......................................... 21
Table 17. Ecological and hydrological objectives for Black Swamp in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. ............ 22
Table 18.Ecological and hydrological objectives for Doctors Swamp in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. ........ 23
Table 19.Ecological and hydrological objectives for Gaynor Swamp in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. ......... 23
Table 20. Ecological and hydrological objectives for Kinnaird Wetland in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. ..... 24
Table 21. Ecological and hydrological objectives for Moodie Swamp in the Goulburn Broken Catchment......... 25
Table 22. Ecological and hydrological objectives for Reedy Swamp in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. .......... 25
Table 23. Ecological and hydrological objectives for Stockyard Plain in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. ........ 26
Table 24. Environmental water priorities under differing climate scenarios for 2016-2017. .............................. 27
Table 25. Historical and predicted hydrological events in Goulburn Broken Wetlands. ...................................... 28
Table 26. Environmental objectives for wetlands in 2017-2018. ......................................................................... 33
Table 27. Predicted water requirements for 2017-2018. ..................................................................................... 34
Table 28. Scenario planning for the Goulburn Broken Catchment Wetlands 2017-2018. ................................... 36
Table 29. Potential shared benefits for Goulburn Broken Wetlands for 2017-2018. ........................................... 37
Table 30. Possible delivery constraints for environmental water to Goulburn Broken Wetlands 2017-2018. .... 38
Table 31. Risk assessment and mitigation strategies for Goulburn Broken Wetlands 2017-2018. ...................... 41

Image 1. Click on the image to watch a flyover of Black Swamp in the 2016 Floods. ............................................ 4
Image 2. Click on the image to watch a flyover of Doctors Swamp in the 2016 floods.......................................... 6

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Image 3. Click on the image to watch a flyover of Kinnairds Wetland in the 2016 floods. .................................... 9
Image 4. Click on the image to watch a flyover of Moodie Swamp in the 2016 floods........................................ 11
Image 5. Click on the image to watch a flyover of Reedy Swamp in the 2016 floods. ......................................... 13
Image 6. Click on the image to watch a flyover of Stockyard Plain in the 2016 floods. ....................................... 16
Image 7. Dusky Moorhen nest at Moodie Swamp November 2016 (J. Wood GB CMA). ..................................... 29
Image 8. Myriophyllum simulans at Moodie Swamp January 2017 (J. Wood GB CMA). ...................................... 30
Image 9. A Brown Tree Creeper and fledglings (K. Ward GB CMA). ..................................................................... 31
Image 10. A field of Billy Buttons at Doctors Swamp (J. Wood GB CMA). ............................................................ 31
Image 11. Rainfall and temperature outlook - April/June 2017 (Image courtesy of BOM). ................................. 32
Image 12. Current and historic water storage levels for Lake Eildon ................................................................... 32

Graph 1. Red line indicates flows of over 20,000ML in the Goulburn River and inundating Reedy Swamp. ....... 15
Graph 2. Graphical representation of priority watering requirements for 2017-2018. ....................................... 35

Figure 1. Goulburn and Broken Wetlands that currently receive environmental water. ....................................... 2
Figure 2.Goulburn Wetlands with the addition of Gaynor Swamp and Stockyard Plain ........................................ 3

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GLOSSARY AND ACRONYMS

Catchment Management Authority (CMA) – statutory                     Seasonal Allocation – the volume of water allocated to a water
authorities established to manage regional and catchment             share in a given season, expressed as a percentage of total
planning, waterways, floodplains, salinity and water quality.        entitlement volume.

CMA – Catchment Management Authority                                 Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) – an
                                                                     independent statutory body responsible for holding and
Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) – Part of             managing Victorian environmental water entitlements and
the Department of the Environment) holds and manages the             allocations (Victorian Water Holdings).
water entitlements purchased through the Restoring the
Balance water recovery program                                       Water entitlement – the right to a volume of water that can
                                                                     (usually) be stored in reservoirs and taken and used under
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning                  specific conditions.
(DELWP) – Victorian government department responsible for
protecting the environment, responding to climate change and         Water holdings – environmental water entitlements held by the
supporting sustainable population growth.                            Victorian Environmental Water Holder.

Environmental water entitlement – an entitlement to water to         Waterway Manager – agency responsible for the environmental
achieve environmental objectives in waterways (could be an           management of waterways (includes Catchment Management
environmental entitlement, environmental bulk entitlement,           Authorities and Melbourne Water).
water share, Section 51 licence or supply agreement).
                                                                     Waterways – can include rivers, wetlands, creeks, streams,
Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999          floodplains and estuaries.
(EPBC 1999) – establishes a legal framework to provide for the
protection and management of nationally and internationally
important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage
places, defined in the Act as ‘matters of national environmental
significance’.

Ecological Vegetation Class (EVC) – a standard unit for
classifying vegetation types in Victoria.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA)
– statutory body established in 1997 as the peak natural
resource management body in the Goulburn Broken
catchment.

Gigalitre (GL) – one billion (1,000,000,000) litres.

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) – a statutory corporation
established under the provisions of the Victorian Water Act,
managing around 70 per cent of Victoria’s stored water
resources, 50 per cent of Victoria’s underground water supplies
and Australia’s largest irrigation delivery network.

High-reliability entitlement – legally recognised, secure
entitlement to a defined share of water, as governed by the
reserve policy (full allocations expected in most years).

Low-reliability entitlement – legally recognised, secure
entitlement to a defined share of water, as governed by the
reserve policy (full allocations are expected only in some years).

Macrophytes – an aquatic plant that grows in or near water and
is emergent, submergent or floating.

Megalitre (ML) – one million (1,000,000) litres.

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INTRODUCTION AND SYSTEM OVERVIEW

INTRODUCTION

Environmental entitlements are available to be called out of storage when needed and delivered to streams or
wetlands to protect and enhance environmental values and health. These entitlements are held by the Victorian
Environmental Water Holder (VEWH), the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH) and the
Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).

Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) are responsible for determining environmental watering
requirements for streams and wetlands and developing and submitting Seasonal Watering Proposals to the
VEWH. CMAs are also responsible for managing the delivery of environmental water to these sites in accordance
with the VEWHs Seasonal Watering Statements.

Seasonal Watering Plans are based on each of the CMAs Seasonal Watering Proposals. The plans describe the
desired environmental water use for rivers and wetlands across Victoria for the coming financial or water year.
The VEWH negotiates access to environmental water managed by the CEWH and the MDBA and then prepares
a Seasonal Watering Statement, authorising CMAs to undertake agreed watering activities. Where possible, the
VEWH, CEWH and the MDBA coordinate delivery and management of environmental water.

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Goulburn Broken Wetlands Seasonal Watering Proposal is to:

    Identify the environmental water requirements for Black Swamp, Doctors Swamp, Gaynor Swamp,
    Kinnairds Wetland, Moodie Swamp, Reedy Swamp and Stockyard Plain in the coming year under a range
    of climatic scenarios to protect, enhance or maintain their environmental values and health.
    To inform the development of environmental water priorities in the VEWHs Seasonal Watering Plan.

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

The Goulburn Broken Catchment extends from the northern outskirts of Melbourne to the Murray River on the
NSW border and covers 204 million hectares, or 10.5 per cent of Victoria’s total land area (DNRE, 2002). Within
the catchment, approximately 2000 natural wetlands have been recorded including a number of wetlands
formally recognised for their conservation significance. This includes the Ramsar listed Barmah Forest, ten
wetlands of national significance listed in A Directory of Important Wetlands (EA, 2001) and 111 wetlands of
Bioregional Significance identified for the National Land and Water Resource Audit (CoA, 2002).

Of the natural wetlands in the catchment only six have, to date, had the ability to receive environmental water.
These are Barmah Forest, Black Swamp, Doctors Swamp, Kinnairds Wetland, Moodie Swamp and Reedy Swamp
(Figures 1 and 2). A separate watering plan is being written for Barmah Forest and is not considered in this
proposal. Two new watering sites are being proposed for 2017-2018 environmental watering. This includes
Gaynor Swamp near Corop and Stockyard Plain near Waranga Basin (Figure 2).

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Figure 1. Goulburn and Broken Wetlands that currently receive environmental water.
Image taken from VEWH Seasonal Watering Plan 2016-17

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Figure 2.Goulburn Wetlands with the addition of Gaynor Swamp and Stockyard Plain

Image taken from VEWH Seasonal Watering Plan 2016-17 and modified by GB CMA.

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BLACK SWAMP
Black Swamp is a 16.5 hectare red gum swamp managed by Parks Victoria (Image 1). Environmental water can
be delivered by a channel connected to the swamp from the Nine Mile Creek. Black Swamp is listed as
bioregionally significant in the National Land and Water Resource Audit (CoA, 2002).

Image 1. Click on the image to watch a flyover of Black Swamp in the 2016 Floods.

Environmental flows can only be delivered to the swamp when flows in the Nine Mile Creek exceed 100ML/day
(GBCMA, 2010). This regularly occurs during the irrigation season (August – May). The wetland may only receive
water in wet years due to river regulation. Environmental water may be called upon to enhance natural
inundation events or during dry periods if the wetland undergoes prolonged drying to ensure the success of bird
breeding events or to provide optimal growth conditions for water dependent vegetation such as the EPBC
(1999) listed River Swamp Wallaby-grass (Amphibromus fluitans). Black Swamp also meets a number of criteria
under Schedule 8 of the Basin Plan – Criteria for identifying an environmental asset. This includes criteria 1b, 3a
(i), 4c and 5a &b (refer to appendix 1 for criteria description).

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Black Swamp provides habitat for a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial fauna and flora species. To date 67
wetland dependent species have been recorded at the site. Of these species 14 are listed as threatened (see
table 1), including Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa), which was recorded at the swamp for the first time in
December 2016.

Table 1. Listed wetland dependent fauna recorded at Black Swamp.
 Common Name                  Scientific Name           EPBC           FFG          VROTS

 Australasian Bittern         Botaurus poiciloptilus    Endangered     Listed       Endangered

 Australasian Shoveler        Anas rhynchotis                                       Vulnerable

 Australian Little Bittern    Ixobrychus dubius                        Listed       Endangered

 Balions Crake                Porzana pusilla                          Listed       Vulnerable

 Eastern Great Egret          Ardea modesta                            Listed       Vulnerable

 Eastern Long-necked Turtle   Chelodina longicolis                                  Data Deficient

 Freckled Duck                Stictonetta naevosa                      Listed       Endangered

 Glossy Ibis                  Plegadis falcinellus                                  Near Threatened

 Hardhead                     Aythaya australis                                     Vulnerable

 Intermediate Egret           Ardea intermedia                         Listed       Critically Endangered

 Magpie Goose                 Anseranas semipalmata                    Listed       Near Threatened

 Nankeen Night Heron          Nycticorax caledonicus                                Near Threatened

 Royal Spoonbill              Platalea regia                                        Vulnerable

 White-bellied Sea Eagle      Haliaeetus leucogaster                   Listed       Vulnerable

Flora at Black Swamp is diverse with 76 wetland dependent species having been recorded since 2008. Only four
species listed as threatened have been recorded at Black Swamp and are shown in table 2. Black Swamp contains
a significant population of the EPBC (1999) listed River swamp Wallaby-grass (Amphibromus fliutans) which
emerges in autumn. Water Nymph (Najas tenufolia), which is classified as Rare in Victoria was first recorded at
Black Swamp in February 2016.

Table 2. Listed wetland dependent flora recorded at Black Swamp.
 Common Name                  Scientific Name          EPBC          FFG     VROTS

 River Swamp Wallaby-grass    Amphibromus fluitans     Vulnerable            Poorly Known

 Riverine Bitter-cress        Cardmine moirensis                             Rare

 Water Nymph                  Najas tenuifolia                               Rare

 Winged Water-starwort        Callitriche umbonata                           Rare

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DOCTORS SWAMP
Doctors Swamp is a 200 hectare red gum swamp managed by Parks Victoria (Image 2). It is listed as bioregionally
significant in the National Land and Water Resource Audit (CoA, 2002) and is considered one of the most intact
red gum swamps in Victoria (Cook et al., 2010).

Image 2. Click on the image to watch a flyover of Doctors Swamp in the 2016 floods.

Environmental water can be delivered to the swamp via an inlet on the Cattanach Canal when it is running at
2500 ML/day or above. Flow in the Cattanach Canal is influenced by the operation of Waranga Basin. During
spring flow can be inconsistent, which limits delivery opportunities. Flow is often more consistent during
summer, autumn and winter providing greater delivery opportunities. The surrounding catchment is largely
unmodified, so the wetland receives a near natural flood regime. Consequently, the wetland may only require
environmental water during extended dry periods or to enhance natural inundation events to ensure the success
of bird breeding events or to provide optimal growth conditions for water dependent vegetation. Doctors
Swamp meets a number of criteria outlined in Schedule 8 of the Basin Plan – Criteria for identifying an
environmental asset. This includes criteria 1b, 2c, 4c and 5a&b (refer to appendix 1 for criteria description).

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Doctors Swamp provides habitat for 55 wetland dependent fauna species. Eight of these species are listed as
threatened and are shown in table 3.
Table 3. Listed wetland dependent fauna recorded at Doctors Swamp.
 Common Name             Scientific Name             EPBC   FFG      VROTS

 Australasian Shoveler   Anas rhynchotis                             Vulnerable

 Blue-billed Duck        Oxyura australis                   Listed   Endangered

 Brolga                  Grus rubicunda                     Listed   Vulnerable

 Eastern Great Egret     Ardea modesta                      Listed   Vulnerable

 Hardhead                Aythaya australis                           Vulnerable

 Musk Duck               Bizura lobate                               Vulnerable

 Nankeen Night Heron     Nycticorax caledonicus                      Near Threatened

 Royal Spoonbill         Platalea regia                              Vulnerable

Diversity of wetland dependent flora at Doctors Swamp is high with 85 species having been recorded since 2008.
Eight species are listed as threatened and are show in table 4.
Table 4. Listed wetland dependent flora recorded at Doctors Swamp.
 Common Name                      Scientific Name           EPBC     FFG     VROTS

 Grey Spike Sedge                 Eleocharis macbarroni                      Poorly known

 Long Eryngium                    Eryngium paludosum                         Vulnerable

 Narrow-fruited Water-starwort    Callitriche palustris                      Poorly known

 Open Marshwort                   Nymphoides geminate                        Rare

 Riverine Bittercress             Cardamine moirensis                        Rare

 Slender Water-ribbons            Triglochin dubia                           Rare

 Smooth Nardoo                    Marsilea mutica                            Poorly known

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GAYNOR SWAMP
Gaynor Swamp is a 303 hectare cane grass dominated wetland located 7 km south-east of Corop. The wetland
is on public land managed by Parks Victoria and is listed under A Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia
(EA, 2001) under the Wallenjoe Wetlands. The wetland is valued for its rarity, species diversity and waterbird
habitat (GBCMA, 2012). When wet, it supports thousands of waterbirds, including international migratory
species and the threatened Brolga (Grus rubicunda). A structure to facilitate the delivery of environmental water
to the wetland has been designed and is expected to be constructed by autumn 2018.

Gaynor Swamp is situated in a landscape that is dominated by paleo saline soils which creates increased salt
levels at the site compared to other wetlands in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. Saline water can also enter
the swamp via Lake Cooper during times of flood.
Because of these higher salt concentrations, different species of fauna can be found utilising the wetland.
Species such as the Red-necked Avocet (Recurvirostra novaehollandiae) have been recorded at the Swamp upon
draw down when salinity levels are at their highest. Gaynor Swamp meets a number of criteria outlined in
Schedule 8 of the Basin Plan – Criteria for identifying an environmental asset. This includes criteria 1b, 3b, 4c and
5a &b (refer to appendix 1 for criteria description).
To date 66 wetland dependent fauna species have been recorded at Gaynor Swamp. Of these species 18 have
been listed as threatened (see table 5).

Table 5. Listed wetland dependent fauna recorded at Gaynor Swamp.
 Common Name                   Scientific Name                  EPBC           FFG         VROTS

 Australasian Bittern          Botaurus poiciloptilus           Endangered     Listed      Endangered

 Australasian Shoveler         Anas rhynchotis                                             Vulnerable

 Australian Little Bittern     Ixobrychus dubius                               Listed      Endangered

 Blue-billed Duck              Oxyura australis                                Listed      Endangered

 Brolga                        Grus rubicunda                                  Listed      Vulnerable

 Brown Quail                   Coturnix ypsilophora australis                              Near Threatened

 Caspian Tern                  Hydroprogne caspia                              Listed      Near Threatened

 Eastern Great Egret           Ardea modesta                                   Listed      Vulnerable

 Freckled Duck                 Stictonetta naevosa                             Listed      Endangered

 Glossy Ibis                   Plegadis falcinellus                                        Near Threatened

 Hardhead                      Aythaya australis                                           Vulnerable

 Intermediate Egret            Ardea intermedia                                Listed      Critically Endangered

 Latham's Snipe                Gallinago hardwickii                                        Near Threatened

 Little Egret                  Egretta garzetta nigripes                       Listed      Endangered

 Musk Duck                     Bizura lobata                                               Vulnerable

 Royal Spoonbill               Platalea regia                                              Vulnerable

 Whiskered Tern                Chlidonias hybridus javanicus                               Near Threatened

 White-bellied Sea Eagle       Haliaeetus leucogaster                          Listed      Vulnerable

54 wetland dependent flora species have been recorded at Gaynor Swamp since 2008. Of these species only two
are listed as threatened and are shown in table 6.

Table 6. Listed wetland dependent flora recorded at Gaynor Swamp.

 Common Name            Scientific Name                                 EPBC      FFG         VROTS

 Salt Paperbark         Melaleuca halmaturorum subsp. Halmaturorum                Listed      Vulnerable

 Spiny Lignum           Muehlenbeckia horrida subsp. horrida                                  Rare

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Goulburn Broken Wetlands

KINNAIRDS WETLAND
Kinnaird Wetland is a 96 hectare red gum swamp managed by Goulburn-Murray Water and Moira Shire (Image
3). Water can be delivered to the wetland via the Murray Valley 5/3 (MV 5/3) channel which outfalls into the
Muckatah Main drain and flows directly into the wetland.

Image 3. Click on the image to watch a flyover of Kinnairds Wetland in the 2016 floods.

The delivery of environmental water depends upon irrigation demands and can only occur when there is spare
channel capacity. Past environmental water allocations have seen agreements between Goulburn-Murray Water
and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority to allow the MV 5/3 channel to operate after the
irrigation season has closed. This has allowed efficient and effective environmental water delivery to the swamp.
Due to significant changes to natural flow paths in the surrounding catchment and the regulation of the Broken
Creek, the wetland may only receive flood water during wet years (flooding and high rainfall). Therefore, the
wetland may require environmental water to provide a more natural flooding regime and enhance natural
inundation events to ensure the success of bird breeding events or to provide optimal growth conditions for
water dependent vegetation. Kinnairds wetland has a diverse number of fauna and flora species. Kinnairds
Wetland meets a number of criteria outlined in Schedule 8 of the Basin Plan – Criteria for identifying an
environmental asset. This includes criteria 1b, 3b, 4b&c and 5a&b (refer to appendix 1 for criteria description).

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A total of 83 wetland dependent fauna species have been recorded at the site. Of these species, 19 are listed as
threatened and are shown in table 7. Kinnairds Wetland is a significant wetland for Royal Spoonbill (Platalea
regia) breeding.

Table 7. Listed wetland dependent fauna recorded at Kinnairds Wetland.
 Common Name               Scientific Name                     EPBC            FFG       VROTS

 Australasian Bittern      Botaurus poiciloptilus              Endangered      L         Endangered

 Australasian Shoveler     Anas rhynchotis                                               Vulnerable

 Ballions Crake            Porzana pusilla                                     L         Vulnerable

 Blue-billed Duck          Oxyura australis                                    L         Endangered

 Brolga                    Grus rubicunda                                      L         Vulnerable

 Brown Quail               Coturnix ypsilophora australis                                Near Threatened

 Eastern Great Egret       Ardea modesta                                       L         Vulnerable

 Freckled Duck             Stictonetta naevosa                                 L         Endangered

 Glossy Ibis               Plegadis falcinellus                                          Near Threatened

 Hardhead                  Aythaya australis                                             Vulnerable

 Intermediate Egret        Ardea intermedia                                    L         Critically Endangered

 Latham's Snipe            Gallinago hardwickii                                          Near Threatened

 Little Egret              Egretta garzetta nigripes                           L         Endangered

 Magpie Goose              Anseranas semipalmata                               L         Near Threatened

 Nankeen Night Heron       Nycticorax caledonicus                                        Near Threatened

 Pied Cormorant            Phalacrocorax varius                                          Near Threatened

 Royal Spoonbill           Platalea regia                                                Vulnerable

 Whiskered Tern            Chlidonias hybridus javanicus                                 Near Threatened

 White-bellied Sea Eagle   Haliaeetus leucogaster                              L         Vulnerable

Wetland dependent flora at Kinnairds Wetland is diverse with a total of 85 species having been recorded at the
site since 2008. Of these species, seven are listed as threatened and are shown in table 8. Kinnairds Wetland
has the largest known recorded population of the EPBC (1999) listed Rigid Water Milfoil (Myriophyllum
porcatum).

Table 8. Listed wetland dependent flora recorded at Kinnairds Wetland.
  Common Name              Scientific Name                        EPBC             FFG       VROTS

 Bluish raspwort           Haloragis glauca f. glauca                                        Poorly Known

 Rigid Water-milfoil       Myriophyllum porcatum                  Vulnerable       Listed    Vulnerable

 Riverine Bitter-cress     Cardmine moirensis                                                Rare

 Slender Water-milfoil     Myriophyllum gracile var. lineare                       Listed    Endangered

 Small-flower Mud-mat      Glossostigma cleistanthum                                         Vulnerable

 Variable Spike-sedge      Eleocharis minuta                                                 Endangered

 Winged Water-starwort     Callitriche umbonata                                              Rare

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MOODIE SWAMP
Moodie Swamp is a 180 hectare cane-grass wetland managed by Parks Victoria (Image 4). It is listed under A
Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia (EA, 2001) as part of the Broken Creek.

Image 4. Click on the image to watch a flyover of Moodie Swamp in the 2016 floods.

Water can be delivered to the swamp via a water delivery channel from the upper Broken Creek. Currently
Moodie Swamp has a Commonwealth Environmental Water Office schedule in place for up to 1GL for a three
year period (2015-16, 16-17, 17-18) plus the ability to trade water into the Broken System can allow the VEWH
or CEWH to trade volumes in to meet demands in the Broken system where available. There has been no survey
or modelling of catchment conditions to determine changes to the natural frequency and duration of flooding
events at Moodie Swamp. However, it is likely the frequency and duration of flooding at Moodie Swamp has
been reduced by the regulation of the Broken River and Broken Creek (SKM, 2006). Therefore, the wetland may
require environmental water to provide a more natural flooding regime and enhance natural inundation events
to ensure the success of bird breeding events or to provide optimal growth conditions for water dependent
vegetation.

Moodie Swamp meets a number of criteria outlined in Schedule 8 of the Basin Plan – Criteria for identifying an
environmental asset. This includes criteria 1b, 3b, 4a&c and 5a&b (refer to appendix 1 for criteria description).

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Moodie Swamp provides important Brolga (Grus rubicunda) breeding habitat and other wetland dependent
species. Since monitoring of the site began in 2008, 65 species of wetland dependent fauna have been recorded
at the site. Of these species 16 are listed as threatened and are shown in table 9. The Blue-billed Duck (Oxyura
australis) was first recorded at the site in December 2016.

Table 9. Listed wetland dependent species recorded at Moodie Swamp.
 Common Name               Scientific Name                     EPBC            FFG        VROTS

 Australasian Bittern      Botaurus poiciloptilus              Endangered      Listed     Endangered

 Australasian Shoveler     Anas rhynchotis                                                Vulnerable

 Blue-billed Duck          Oxyura australis                                    Listed     Endangered

 Brolga                    Grus rubicunda                                      Listed     Vulnerable

 Brown Quail               Coturnix ypsilophora australis                                 Near Threatened

 Caspian Tern              Hydroprogne caspia                                  Listed     Near Threatened

 Eastern Great Egret       Ardea modesta                                       Listed     Vulnerable

 Glossy Ibis               Plegadis falcinellus                                           Near Threatened

 Hardhead                  Aythaya australis                                              Vulnerable

 Intermediate Egret        Ardea intermedia                                    Listed     Critically Endangered

 Musk Duck                 Bizura lobata                                                  Vulnerable

 Nankeen Night Heron       Nycticorax caledonicus                                         Near Threatened

 Pied Cormorant            Phalacrocorax varius                                           Near Threatened

 Royal Spoonbill           Platalea regia                                                 Vulnerable

 Whiskered Tern            Chlidonias hybridus javanicus                                  Near Threatened

 White-bellied Sea Eagle   Haliaeetus leucogaster                              Listed     Vulnerable

Flora at Moodie Swamp continues to change as a more natural wetting and drying regime occurs with the
assistance of environmental water. Monitoring in 2008 indicated that Cane grass (Eragrostis infecunda) was a
dominant species within the wetland. Since the wetlands watering regime has changed and it has begun to show
signs of an aquatic herb land. The wetland has 42 species of wetland dependent flora and includes a large
population of the EPBC (1999) listed Rigid Water Milfoil (Myriophyllum porcatum). Of these species ten are listed
as threatened and are shown in table 10.

Table 10. Listed wetland depended flora recorded at Moodie Swamp.
 Common Name               Scientific Name                        EPBC           FFG        VROTS

 Bluish raspwort           Haloragis glauca f.glauca                                        Poorly known

 Dwarf Brooklime           Gratiola pumilo                                                  Rare

 Groundsel                 Senecio campylocarpus                                            Rare

 In-land Club-sedge        Isolepis australiensis                                           Poorly known

 Rigid Water-milfoil       Myriophyllum porcatum                  Vulnerable     Listed     Vulnerable

 Riverine Bitter-cress     Cardmine moirensis                                               Rare

 Slender Water-milfoil     Myriophyllum gracile var. lineare                     Listed     Endangered

 Slender Water-ribbons     Triglochin dubia                                                 Rare

 Wavy Marshwort            Nymphoides crenata                                    Listed     Vulnerable

 Winged Water-starwort     Callitriche umbonata                                             Rare

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Goulburn Broken Wetlands

REEDY SWAMP
Reedy Swamp is a 130 hectare palustrine, temporary freshwater swamp on the Goulburn River (Image 5). The
site is managed by Parks Victoria and is listed under A Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia (EA, 2001)
as part of the Lower Goulburn River Floodplain listing.

Image 5. Click on the image to watch a flyover of Reedy Swamp in the 2016 floods.

Reedy Swamp meets a number of criteria outlined in Schedule 8 of the Basin Plan – Criteria for identifying an
environmental asset. This includes criteria 1b, 3a&b, 4c and 5a&b (refer to appendix 1 for criteria description).

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Reedy Swamp is an important colonial waterbird breeding site and drought refuge. Since monitoring began in
2008, 104 wetland dependent species have been recorded of which 24 are listed as threatened (Table 11). It is
also an important stopover site for migratory birds such as Sharp-tailed (Calidris acuminata) and Marsh (Tringa
stagnatilis) Sandpipers.

Table 11. Listed wetland dependent fauna recorded at Reedy Swamp.
 Common Name                        Scientific Name                   EPBC    FFG         VROTS

 Australasian Shoveler              Anas rhynchotis                                       Vulnerable

 Australian Little Bittern          Ixobrychus dubius                         Listed      Endangered

 Ballions Crake                     Porzana pusilla                           Listed      Endangered

 Blue-billed Duck                   Oxyura australis                          Listed      Endangered

 Brolga                             Grus rubicunda                            Listed      Vulnerable

 Brown Quail                        Coturnix ypsilophora australis                        Near Threatened

 Caspian Tern                       Hydroprogne caspia                        Listed      Near Threatened

 Common Long-neck Turtle            Chelodina longicolis                                  Data Deficient

 Eastern Great Egret                Ardea modesta                             Listed      Vulnerable

 Flat-headed Galaxias               Galaxias rostratus                                    Vulnerable

 Freckled Duck                      Stictonetta naevosa                       Listed      Endangered

 Glossy Ibis                        Plegadis falcinellus                                  Near Threatened

 Hardhead                           Aythaya australis                                     Vulnerable

 Intermediate Egret                 Ardea intermedia                          Listed      Critically Endangered

 Latham's Snipe                     Gallinago hardwickii                                  Near Threatened

 Lewin’s Rail                       Lewinia pectoralis                        Listed      Vulnerable

 Little Egret                       Egretta garzetta nigripes                 Listed      Endangered

 Murray River Turtle                Emydura macquari                                      Vulnerable

 Musk Duck                          Bizura lobata                                         Vulnerable

 Nankeen Night Heron                Nycticorax caledonicus                                Near Threatened

 Pied Cormorant                     Phalacrocorax varius                                  Near Threatened

 Royal Spoonbill                    Platalea regia                                        Vulnerable

 Whiskered Tern                     Chlidonias hybridus javanicus                         Near Threatened

 White-bellied Sea Eagle            Haliaeetus leucogaster                    Listed      Vulnerable

Reedy Swamp contains a mosaic of Ecological Vegetation Classes including Tall Marsh, Floodway Pond Herbland
and Rushy Riverine Swamp. 85 wetland dependent flora species have been recorded at the site since 2008. Of
these species five are listed as threatened and are shown in Table 12.

Table 12. Listed wetland dependent flora recorded at Reedy Swamp.
 Common Name                 Scientific Name                          EPBC          FFG        VROTS

 Annual Bitter-cress         Cardamine paucijuga s.l                                           Vulnerable

 Groundsel                   Senecio campylocarpus                                             Rare

 Sand Rush                   Juncus psammophilius                                              Rare

 Small Scurf Pea             Cullen parvum                            Endangered    Listed     Endangered

 Woolly Knotweed             Persicaria lapthifolia (floccose form)                            Poorly known

Environmental water can be delivered to Reedy Swamp via Central Goulburn Channel 12 (CG 12), which outfalls
into Shepparton Drain 3. Shepparton Drain 3 can then be diverted into Reedy Swamp. The delivery of
environmental water depends upon irrigation demands and can only occur when there is spare channel capacity.

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Goulburn Broken Wetlands

Past environmental water allocations have seen agreements between Goulburn-Murray Water the Goulburn
Broken Catchment Management Authority and Parks Victoria to allow the previous delivery channel CG 19/12
to remain open after the irrigation season. This has allowed efficient and effective environmental water delivery
to the swamp.

Goulburn River flows sufficient to naturally inundate the swamp are approximately 20,000 ML/day (or 8.5m)
(Graph 1). Natural inundation from Goulburn River into Reedy Swamp occurred twice in 2016 (Graph 1). The
wetland usually requires environmental water during extended dry periods or to enhance natural inundation
events to ensure the success of bird breeding events or to provide optimal growth conditions for water
dependent vegetation.

Graph 1. Red line indicates flows of over 20,000ML in the Goulburn River and inundating Reedy Swamp.

Graph taken from BOM water data website (www.bom.gov.au/waterdata) and modified by GB CMA.

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Goulburn Broken Wetlands

STOCKYARD PLAIN
Stockyard Plain is cane grass dominated wetland located north east of Waranga Basin and is approximately 200
hectares (Image 6). The wetland is on both public (managed by DELWP) and private land and is of bioregional
significance listed under the National Land and Water Resource Audit (CoA, 2002).

Image 6. Click on the image to watch a flyover of Stockyard Plain in the 2016 floods.

The wetland is valued for its rarity and waterbird habitat (DPI, 2010) When wet, it provides important breeding
habitat for the threatened Brolga (Grus rubicunda). Infrastructure exists to allow the delivery of environmental
water to the wetland. However, before this can occur agreements with the private landholders need to be
established. Stockyard Plain meets a number of criteria outlined in Schedule 8 of the Basin Plan – Criteria for
identifying an environmental asset. This includes criteria 1b, 3b, 4a&c and 5a&b (refer to appendix 1 for criteria
description).

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Stockyard Plain is a highly diverse site with 42 wetland depended fauna species having been recorded. Of these
species, seven are listed as threatened and are shown in Table 13.

Table 13. Listed wetland dependent fauna recorded at Stockyard Plain.
 Common Name             Scientific Name            EPBC          FFG        VROTS

 Australasian Bittern    Botaurus poiciloptilus     Endangered    Listed     Endangered

 Australasian Shoveler   Anas rhynchotis                                     Vulnerable

 Brolga                  Grus rubicunda                           Listed     Vulnerable

 Eastern Great Egret     Ardea modesta                            Listed     Vulnerable

 Hardhead                Aythaya australis                                   Vulnerable

 Pied Cormorant          Phalacrocorax varius                                Near Threatened

 Royal Spoonbill         Platalea regia                                      Vulnerable

Stockyard Plain has 40 wetland dependent flora species. Of these species, four are listed as threatened and are
shown in Table 14.

Table 14. Listed wetland dependent flora recorded at Stockyard Plain.
 Common Name                   Scientific Name             EPBC            FFG       VROTS

 Rigid Water-milfoil           Myriophyllum porcatum       Vulnerable      Listed    Vulnerable

 River Swamp Wallaby-grass     Amphibromus fluitans        Vulnerable                Poorly known

 Riverine Bitter-cress         Cardmine moirensis                                    Rare

 Sand Rush                     Juncus psammophilius                                  Rare

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Goulburn Broken Wetlands

ENGAGEMENT

This plan was prepared by the Goulburn Broken CMA with input from the Goulburn Broken Wetland Technical
Reference Group, Goulburn Broken Wetland Management Group, Goulburn-Murray Water and Parks Victoria.

The primary stakeholders that are engaged under this proposal are:

    Agencies involved in delivering the environmental water which includes Goulburn Murray Water, the
    Victorian Environmental Water Holder and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder.
    Relevant land managers including Parks Victoria, Goulburn-Murray Water and Moira Shire.

Goulburn-Murray Water is the key delivery agency and once the final proposal for 2017-2018 is agreed,
communications with Goulburn-Murray Water will be aimed at making clear what the intended environmental
delivery plans are and their intended purpose. Throughout the delivery season, there will be regular
communication directly with the water resource management group to organise environmental water deliveries
and understand the potential delivery opportunities and constraints.

The Victorian Environmental Water Holder will use the proposal to assist with the development of the
Seasonal Watering Plan 2017-2018. Water allocated is to be delivered in accordance with the plan, and if
required will be used to seek agreement from other water holders for the use of their water.

The Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder may have allocated water to sites within the Seasonal
Watering Plan, based on this proposal. Routine communication on the delivery of water under the plan will be
via the Victorian Environmental Water Holder.

Parks Victoria is the land manager for all wetlands identified in this proposal with the exception of Kinnairds
Wetland, which is managed by Goulburn-Murray Water and the Moira Shire and Stockyard Plain is part privately
owned and partly managed by Department of Environment Land Water and Planning. Following the approval of
the proposal by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority Board the CMA will liaise with the land
managers on its content, seek their advice on its implementation and seek formal written approval from them
to implement the proposal.

The secondary audience is those potentially affected by or interested in the delivery of environmental water to
wetlands. This group includes wetland advisory groups and the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation.
Wetland advisory groups were consulted during the development of the seasonal watering proposal. Difficulties
in obtaining meeting times with Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation means the group were consulted
after the proposal was finalised.

To assist with the environmental water management program, the Goulburn Broken CMA established the
Goulburn and Broken Environmental Water Advisory Groups to provide advice on planning environmental water
use (including seasonal watering proposals and water management plans) and on any environmental health
trends occurring in the rivers, creeks and wetlands. The group was established in April 2012 and is comprised of
community members who range from differing geographic locations along the Goulburn and Broken Rivers or
adjacent to wetlands. The group also includes representatives from key agency partners (such as Goulburn-
Murray Water). In 2017-2018 the group will be informed and consulted on the seasonal watering proposals
development.
The Goulburn Broken Wetland Technical Reference Group is made up of consultants from Rakali Consulting and
academia from Monash and La Trobe Universities. Wetland sites were visited by the group in January 2017 to
discuss environmental water options for 2017-2018 delivery. The group assisted with the development of
environmental water priorities for wetlands for 2017-2018.

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Goulburn Broken Wetlands

The Goulburn Broken Wetland Management Group is made up of both industry and community members
including Parks Victoria, Goulburn Murray Landcare Network, Goulburn-Murray Water, Moira Shire, City of
Greater Shepparton, Victorian Environmental Water Holder and Yorta Yorta. This group was informed about
wetland environmental water priorities in February 2017.

In addition, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority will inform the broader community about
the decision to provide environmental water to wetlands and what it is trying to achieve. The Goulburn Broken
Catchment Management Authority will also seek to build a public understanding of how natural wetland flood
regimes have changed and how we are using environmental water to improve wetland health. This will be
achieved through media articles and talks directly with special interest groups and school groups.

A draft plan was also submitted to the board members of the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management
Authority on the 21st April 2017.

Table 15 outlines the consultation process the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management authority has and will
undertake during the development and implementation of this seasonal water proposal. All communication
activities will be undertaken in accordance with the communication and media protocols of the VEWH.

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Table 15. Seasonal watering proposal development and implementation consultation process
        Who           Engaged on the 2017-        Engagement            Engaged longer term strategies that have informed the 2017-18 seasonal watering proposal
                      18 seasonal watering          methods
                            proposal                               Environmental Water               Engagement         Regional Waterway            Engagement
                                                                    Management Plans                  Methods                strategy                  methods

 Program Partners     Goulburn Murray         Formal advisory     Goulburn Murray Water        Formal advisory         Goulburn Murray         Formal advisory
                      Water                   groups                                           groups                  Water                   groups
                                                                  Parks Victoria
                      VEWH                    Direct engagement                                Direct engagement       Parks Victoria          Direct engagement
                                                                  Department of
                      Parks Victoria                              Sustainability and                                   Department of
                                                                  Environment (now                                     Environment and
                                                                  DEWLP)                                               Primary Industries
                                                                                                                       (now DEWLP)

 Recreational Users   Field and Game          Formal advisory     Field and Game               Formal advisory         Community               Formal advisory
                                              groups                                           groups                  reference group         groups
                      Trellys Fishing and
                      Hunting                 Direct engagement                                                        VR Fish                 Direct engagement

                                                                                                                       Goulburn Valley
                                                                                                                       Association of
                                                                                                                       Angling Clubs

                                                                                                                       Australian Trout
                                                                                                                       Foundation

                                                                                                                       Trellys Tackle World

                                                                                                                       Native Fish Australia

                                                                                                                       Future Fish
                                                                                                                       Foundation

 Environment          Goulburn Murray         Formal advisory     Goulburn Murray              Formal advisory         N/A                     N/A
 Groups               Landcare Network        groups              Landcare Network             groups

                      GVeg                                        GVeg

                      Turtles Australia

                      Kinnairds Wetland
                      Advisory Committee

 Landholders          Land owners that        Direct engagement   N/A                          N/A                     N/A                     N/A
                      adjoin wetlands that
                      receive environmental
                      water and use the
                      delivery channel

 Traditional Owners   Yorta Yorta             Formal advisory     Yorta Yorta                  Formal advisory         Yorta Yorta             Direct engagement
                                              groups                                           groups
                                                                                                                       Tangurung Clans
                                              Direct engagement

 Local Councils       City of Greater         Formal advisory     Moira Shire                  Formal advisory         Mansfield Shire         Direct engagement
                      Shepparton              groups                                           groups                  Council

                      Moira Shire             Direct engagement                                Direct engagement

 Consultants          Rakali Consulting       Direct engagement   Rakali Consulting            Direct engagement       Riverness               Direct engagement

 Advisory Groups      Goulburn Broken         Direct engagement   Goulburn Broken              Direct engagement       N/A                     N/A
                      Wetland Management                          Wetland Management
                      Group                                       Group

                      Goulburn Broken         Direct Engagement   N/A                          N/A
                      Wetland Technical
                      Reference Group

 Student Groups       Katandra West           Direct engagement   N/A                          N/A                     N/A                     N/A
                      Primary School          with all schools

                      Congupna Primary
                      School

                      Dookie Primary School

                      Tallygaroopna Primary
                      School

                      Invergordon Primary
                      School

                      Lemnos Primary
                      School

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