WATER frontage inspections will start along Gunbower Creek on Monday to improve water quality and reduce health and wellbeing risks to the community and environment.
Department of Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) senior riparian investigator Brian Gamble said officers would inspect a series of water frontage licences and Crown land parcels along Gunbower Creek and its lagoons over the next few weeks.
‘‘The inspections will allow our officers to meet licence holders to ensure everyone is doing their part in keeping our precious riparian land along Gunbower Creek healthy for the whole community to enjoy,’’ Mr Gamble said.
‘‘Inspections will take place in the Torrumbarry/Patho region of Gunbower Creek. These inspections are a continuation of the first phase of assessments conducted in 2016.
‘‘We will work with land owners to ensure they adhere to licence conditions and so we can focus on protecting the environment and improving water quality in the Gunbower Island area.
‘‘Minor breaches to licences and other associated activities may seem insignificant but collectively they lead to significant long-term detrimental impacts on ecosystems including decreased water quality in Gunbower Creek and adjacent Gunbower State Forest.
‘‘Taking care of the riparian land along Gunbower Creek and its lagoons is vital so that it can support the environmental, social, cultural and economic values it is providing to the wider community.
‘‘By properly maintaining riparian land, particularly Crown frontage, it improves the health of waterways which means improved water quality and reduced health risks to the community.’’