Thousands of native fish will be able to freely move between the Murray River and the rich habitat of Gunbower Creek due to a funding boost from the sale of water for the environment.
The Koondrook fishway will provide constant passage to native fish such as the iconic vulnerable Murray cod and threatened golden perch from the river into the creek for the first time in more than a century.
Key partners including the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH), North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA), the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Goulburn Murray Water have agreed to take the proposed Koondrook fishway into a detailed design and costing phase, and then through to construction.
Fish studies have shown that large numbers of native fish accumulate at Koondrook Weir trying to access the creek, but they cannot get past the weir.
A fishway will dramatically improve connectivity for fish movement and migration and help boost native fish numbers in the creek.
It will also add significant value to the fantastic wins we are already seeing with environmental flows and native fish recovery – such as Murray cod spawning in the Gunbower Creek and the critical fish food provided by flows through the Gunbower Forest
The Victorian Environmental Water Holder has committed proceeds from a recent sale of 10,000 ML of its 2018-19 water allocation for the environment into construction of the new fishway.