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Tullaroop Catchment

Tullaroop Catchment Restoration Project

The Tullaroop Catchment Restoration Project targets the Tullaroop catchment area upstream of Tullaroop Reservoir, a declared potable water supply catchment on Dja Dja Wurrung Country..

The main waterways in the catchment include Birch’s and Creswick creeks, which join to form Tullaroop Creek. Tullaroop Creek is a southern tributary of the Loddon River.

Tullaroop Reservoir provides potable water for the township of Maryborough (population 8,000). Birch’s and Tullaroop Creeks are listed as priority waterways in the North Central CMA’s Regional Waterway Strategy and support regionally significant species such as river blackfish and platypus.

The project builds on previous Victorian government investment into waterway health by working with Central Highlands Water and other partner agencies, Traditional Owners and the community by delivering recommendations outlined in the Tullaroop Integrated Catchment Management Plan (ICMP).


Guided by a Technical Working Group and Community Reference Group, this project seeks to improve the health and continuity of native vegetation along targeted riparian land through the installation of fencing to prevent stock access to the riparian zone, removal of high threat weeds and re-establishment of native vegetation.

Through the involvement of Traditional Owners, these works will reduce sedimentation, allow fringing vegetation to establish and protect stream banks, leading to improved conditions for river blackfish and platypus and cultural values.

The project also promotes community engagement through citizen science activities, such as Waterwatch water quality monitoring and water sampling for eDNA research into platypus and river blackfish populations.