Yanco Offtake - improved environmental outcomes
- A substantially revised Yanco Creek Offtake Sustainable Diversion Limits Adjustment Mechanism (SDLAM) project, moving away from the original plan that proposed to raise the existing water level upstream of Yanco Weir by up to 2.5m (under normal operating conditions), to focussing on a range of smaller scale options.
- view the Yanco Offtake - improved environmental outcomes package fact sheet (PDF, 1927.03 KB).
Reconnecting the Murrumbidgee (fish passage)
- Constructing fish passage infrastructure at the five main weirs in the Murrumbidgee system, including:
- Berembed Weir
- Gogeldrie Weir
- Hay Weir
- Maude Weir
- Redbank Weir.
- view the Reconnecting the Bidgee (fish passage) package fact sheet (PDF, 218.03 KB).
Addressing cold water pollution
- Installing infrastructure, which could include compressors, pipelines and diffusers, to reduce cold water pollution for more than 510 km downstream of Burrinjuck and Blowering dams to help the recovery of native fish populations and improve water quality.
- view the Addressing cold water pollution package fact sheet (PDF, 219.93 KB).
Fish friendly water extraction
- Installing fish screens at irrigation offtakes and pumps along the Murrumbidgee River, to reduce fish losses and reduce cleaning costs to farmers while increasing on-farm efficiency.
- view the Fish friendly water extraction package fact sheet (PDF, 219.61 KB).
Gooragool and Mantangary lagoons
- Potentially purchasing 1,200 hectares of land, including the Mantangary Lagoon, to improve native fish passage, secure vital refuge and breeding habitat for native animals and enable First Nations communities to manage land and water.
- view the Gooragool and Mantangary Lagoons proposal fact sheet (PDF, 240.17 KB).
Balranald Weir/Yanga Lake
- Modifying the existing Balranald Weir to facilitate targeted filling of Yanga Lake and refurbishing, upgrading or decommissioning structures within Yanga National Park to direct water to Yanga Lake.
- view the Balranald Weir/Yanga Lake package fact sheet (PDF, 215.93 KB).
Learn more about the program with this recording of the information session from 8 November 2021.
Questions and answers
View answers to a range of questions asked by stakeholders during the webinar series, meetings and other interactions.
Communities will be at the heart of the Better Bidgee program, and we are committed to working in partnership to develop the program to deliver outcomes, with broad community support.
We will provide numerous opportunities for local communities and stakeholders to have their say on the design of the program and throughout the development and delivery phases of any projects. This feedback will be a key input into decision making and will help shape the program’s future design.
We are also keen to hear any alternative or additional ideas local communities may have to deliver economic, cultural and environmental outcomes for local communities and the environment across the Murrumbidgee system.
We will be contacting local communities soon to discuss the proposed ideas making up the Better Bidgee program. Upcoming engagement and partnering opportunities will be listed on this webpage and also on our stakeholder engagement page.
Engagement with First Nations people
We recognise and acknowledge the unique relationship and deep Connection to Country that First Nations people have as the Traditional Owners and first peoples of Australia.
The wisdom and experience of local First Nations communities will play a critical role in informing the development and approach to the Better Bidgee program. We have a dedicated engagement team who will guide our engagement with these communities, and we look forward to working with them to deliver real, tangible and widely accepted outcomes.