CMA releases draft Dunmunkle Creek action plan

WIMMERA Catchment Management Authority is asking the Dunmunkle Creek community to provide input into the draft waterway action plan for the creek.

The CMA has published the draft plan on its website this week for people to review.

A feedback form is included online at for input. The CMA is seeking feedback before June 5.

Consultants Water Technology developed the draft plan after two well-attended community meetings in February.

Wimmera CMA Operational Delivery Manager Luke Austin said community input was critical to the success of the plan and he hoped people would contribute online. People can also phone Bryana Bissett at Wimmera CMA on 5382 1544 to provide input.

Mr Austin thanked the numerous community members who had contributed so far.

“This plan makes recommendations on how the threats to Dunmunkle Creek can be best managed to protect the values of the creek. It also includes longer-term priority management actions for the CMA and its partners,” Mr Austin said.

“Now that we have the draft plan ready, we are really keen to hear from people living near the creek and get further input on how to best manage this important waterway.”

Dunmunkle Creek is a distributary of the Wimmera River and is a highly modified and channelised system.

It gets natural flows through a breakout from the Wimmera River north-west of Glenorchy during times of high flow. The creek flows through Rupanyup and continues north into the southern Mallee.

The study area of the action plan is from the Wimmera River near Glenorchy to Lawler Road, Boolite.
Waterway Action Plans aim to identify the existing condition of a waterway and guide appropriate management actions to maintain and improve its condition.

Action plans document values, such as remnant patches of native vegetation, recreational opportunities and agricultural uses. They also document threats which could include bank erosion and weed infestations.