Photo: Martin Fuller, CEO West Gippsland CMA, Harriet Shing, Victorian Water Minister, Cameron FitzGerald, Managing Director Southern Rural Water
Last week Southern Rural Water and West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority welcomed Harriet Shing to the Maffra weir, where she announced a $10 million investment into healthy waterways of the Central and Gippsland Region Sustainable Water Strategy.
The funding will help endangered and significant native fish species travel upstream and downstream along the Macalister River, thanks to a new fishway to be constructed at the Maffra Weir.
The fishway will connect 34 kilometres of waterway, allowing fish like the Australian Bass, the culturally significant River Blackfish and the endangered Australian Grayling to travel to high-quality river habitats within the system.
Design of the fishway is expected to be complete in late 2024, with construction finished by end of 2027.