Located on the banks of the Murray River and intertwined by a network of smaller rivers and creeks, our local region is susceptible to flooding and experiences flooding events regularly.
We endeavour to provide support to community, and liase with relevant community groups to mitigate risk and aid recovery from these events. We also support communit
We also provide a channel for community to engage with relevant government agencies.
The below events are examples of our work within community during these times.
Flood events & response
2022 Hypoxic Blackwater Event
Over a six-month period from October 2022 - March 2023, we engaged a range of community members, government agencies and industry groups to communicate Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (CEWO) environmental water delivery actions being used o mitigate hypoxic black water conditions.
Communication and support activities involved one-on-one liaison with 86 individuals and regular email distribution to 54 individuals/community representatives and liaising with 14 agencies and industry groups.
Native Fish Protection
An ongoing reoccurrence due to flooding across river systems is the impact that hypoxic (low oxygen) blackwater has on native fish populations.
In times of flood, high river flows collect organic material from its banks and surrounding flood plains which leads to stress and death of native fish.
Native fish are a vital part of the river aquatic system, providing food for waterbirds,
WMLIG supports a number of community groups to mitigate the effect and scale of fish deaths. This includes working with community to construct, purchase and use aerators which
CSU Sonar Project
Latrobe University has also conducted sonar imaging of several sites to ascertain effectiveness of providing refugia for the fish population.
We would like to acknowledge the agencies and departments that have funded flood management projects