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Looking after our one of city's most important waterways

Monday 10 July 2023

Bungambrawatha Creek is an important natural asset, linking the hilly ranges in the north of our city with the Murray River. There have been repeated requests from the community regarding the management of Bungambrawatha Creek, and Council has recognised the need to better understand the diversity of community views about future management options.

During the development of the Murray River Experience and Botanic Gardens Master Plans, the community expressed a desire to look at ways the creek might be returned to a more natural state, whilst continuing to ensure it acts effectively as a part of our stormwater management system.

AlburyCity engaged Alluvium Consulting, a leader in the provision of catchment and river analysis and advice, to investigate the constraints and opportunities of this important corridor.

The consultants undertook an assessment of the Bungambrawatha Creek catchment and has identified ways to improve the function of the system while enhancing the biodiversity values and activation along the creek.

They also assessed channelised concrete sections within the catchment to understand the feasibility of naturalisation, taking into consideration biodiversity outcomes, cost, as well as potential impacts to the function of any treatments within the channel.

The creek was divided into 11 separate management zones, with the report outlining a specific set of actions relevant to each zone.

The community are now invited to review the report and provide their feedback via online survey or in person Information Sessions before Tuesday 25 July 2023.

The Community Information Sessions will be held:

  • Tuesday 25 July - 10.30am - 12.30pm, Pioneer Park (corner of Urana Road and Pearsall Street), Albury
  • Saturday 29 July - 10.00am - 12.00pm, Gertrude Colquhoun Park, 1 Creek St, Albury
  • Thursday 27 July - 9.00am - 10.00am, AlburyCity Offices, 553 Kiewa St, Albury

AlburyCity Mayor Kylie King said the report looks at ways to enhance the creek whilst preserving its function as a part of the city's stormwater management system.

"The report looks at sensitive ways to make the creek more visually appealing, creating spaces for local habitat, and investigating how the area can be used for recreation," Mayor King said.

"But most importantly, it also takes into consideration how it currently protects our community during heavy rain events, and how this could be improved into the future."

The full report can be found on the AlburyCity website.