Making a plan for Ayr Creek
Bass Coast Shire Council is seeking community feedback on the draft Management Plan for Ayr Creek in Inverloch following issues such as flooding.
A Council managed drainage reserve approximately nine hectares in size, Ayr Creek is public land with a constructed waterway and wetland.
Community members and the South Gippsland Conservation Society have made a significant contribution to caring for the reserve over many years to make it the valued environmental, social and recreational asset it is today.
The reserve supports significant environmental values, including revegetation and wildlife, and is popular for recreation, including walking and cycling.
A constructed wetland provides nutrient and sediment management, and the creek must be managed to maintain its drainage function to avoid flooding of surrounding properties.
Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said recent management issues have included flooding and subsequent flood mitigation works, which have led to adverse environmental outcomes and water quality issues in the estuary. Other potential threats include sedimentation, erosion and pest plants.
“A whole of system approach is needed and can be achieved through development of an integrated management plan for the reserve, to prioritise activities within the reserve and to balance conflicting objectives,” Cr Crugnale said.
“The Management Plan will ensure comprehensive consideration of the values, assets, threats and opportunities for the reserve and provide a detailed five-year action plan to protect these values. The Plan will address threats including erosion, sedimentation, pest plants and poor water quality.”
The objectives of this Plan are to:
Manage expectations and communication with all stakeholders through the development of the plan
Develop clear goals for management, through appropriate participation of stakeholders
Identify the values, assets, threats and opportunities and priorities for management activities within the reserve, including maintenance
Provide a concise integrated plan to cover all aspects of management of the values of the reserve
The draft Plan will be available for public comment and discussion at an open house event, before a final Plan will be prepared ready for implementation. The open house will be held on 5 May at the Inverloch Community Hub from 3.00pm to 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and see what is planned for Ayr Creek and have their say.
The draft Plan will also be available on Councils webpage at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/ayrcreek from Tuesday, 26 April.
For further details, please contact Council’s Environment Officer, Diana Whittington, on 03 5671 2125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.