Remediation approach for Boundary Creek and Big Swamp environments
Barwon Water welcomes the direction from the Minister for Water in relation to a legally enforceable remediation plan for the Boundary Creek and Big Swamp environments impacted by past groundwater extraction at Barwon Downs, under Section 78 of the Water Act 1989.
Managing Director, Tracey Slatter said this not only provides added assurance to the community but legally enshrines Barwon Water’s intention to remediate Boundary Creek and Big Swamp as part of its application to Southern Rural Water to renew the Barwon Downs borefield licence.
“Barwon Water is keen to cooperate with the Section 78 notice and the licence application process to get the right outcomes,” Ms Slatter said.
“We are also committed to working closely with the local community, key agencies and technical experts in the years ahead as we work towards achieving this,” Ms Slatter said.
“We have been consulting with the community and key stakeholders to help Barwon Water design the remediation plan including identifying what the success criteria might be.”
At the request of community members, three independent technical experts were invited to contribute to the process. These experts will work with Barwon Water’s existing technical consultant and the remediation working group to refine the remediation concept and address any important information gaps before finalising the plan.