West Barwon Reservoir Spilling, downstream flooding and river health community meeting
Late last week (30 July), the Corangamite CMA, Barwon Water, Department of Transport and Colac Otway Shire met with 46 community members online to discuss localised flooding impacts, including road closures, associated with the recent wet weather.
At this stage the current weather and land conditions mean it is too wet to put machinery in place to commence remediation of the closed section of the Birregurra – Forrest Road and removal of key restriction points on the West Barwon river. Corangamite CMA and Department of Transport advised that work will commence as soon as practicable The meeting also saw a number of community queries discussed with regards to:
- timing of Birregurra – Forrest Road opening and ongoing detours / diversions
- stabilisation of the road
- biodiversity, fish and fauna studies
- overall health of the river
- operation of the West Barwon Reservoir
All agencies are continuing to work together and both the Corangamite CMA and Department of Transport will continue to share updates on the road repairs and river management over the coming weeks and months.
Both the Corangamite CMA and Department of Transport have established project pages to help provide further information to the community. Reservoir levels are also regularly updated on the Barwon Water website.
We’d encourage you to share these links with anyone in your community that may be interested and to also sign up to this enews to receive ongoing updates.
To stay informed on progress to reopen Birregurra-Forrest Road please visit the Regional Roads Victoria website
To stay informed of Upper Barwon River Health Improvement Works please visit the Corangamite CMA website