Thousands of native fish can now 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 completed Koondrook fishway provides 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.
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.
The fishway will dramatically improve connectivity for fish movement and migration and help boost native fish numbers in the creek.
It also adds 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 fishway was funded with a combination of $4.6M from the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) and $1.45M from Victorian Government – Building Works capital stimulus package 2020 – Waterway Environmental Works component and in partnership with Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) who brought their construction and project management expertise to the project.