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Council adopts plan to manage urban waterways

Child at creek

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Mount Alexander Shire Council has adopted a plan to manage the 70 hectares of public land around urban waterways throughout Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton.

Council worked with two local Landcare groups – Friends of Campbells Creek and Castlemaine Landcare Group – along with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) providing strategic oversight into the plan.

The plan will guide Council and Landcare groups in managing the shire’s urban waterways over the coming years.

“Local Landcare groups have been working on this public land for decades and working with them has resulted in a thorough and well considered plan to manage these important areas,” said Kylie Stafford, Natural Environment Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The plan identifies opportunities to improve walking and cycling links, improve the visitor experience and undertake initiatives to address the water quality of the creeks,” she said.

The plan also provides a solid basis to seek financial and strategic support from other levels of government and facilitate education programs with local schools so they can learn about and interact with the waterways.

“A big part of our plan is to encourage the community to make the most of the areas along waterways,” said Ms Stafford.

“They are brimming with wildlife and are a fantastic place to explore and take in the natural beauty so close to town.

“Thanks to the feedback received during consultation we think the final version of the plan is balanced in its approach to protecting the natural environment, providing a positive experience for users and improving infrastructure.”

Council officers will now seek to attract further funding and resources to implement a number of initiatives over the life of the plan.

The Castlemaine Urban Waterways Management Plan is available on Council’s website.

Image: The plan aims to encourage people to get out and explore our local waterways.

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