Rehabilitation works at Ayr Creek

Bass Coast Shire Council is continuing works to prevent flooding and rehabilitate Ayr Creek in Inverloch.

Earthworks are currently underway within the wetland located to the north of Royal Parade.

Excess silt has been removed from the site with the majority of the wetland remaining undisturbed, and there has been minimal removal of native vegetation and little wildlife disturbance.

The West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) is assisting with water quality sampling to ensure there are no negative environmental impacts.

All rehabilitation works will be conducted in accordance with the recently completed Ayr Creek Management Plan.

EcoProjects Australia Pty Ltd began works last week and they are scheduled to be completed by late March 2017, depending on weather and ground conditions.

The rehabilitation works will include:

  • De-watering of the Royal Parade wetland
  • Construction of retarding basin near the Bass Highway
  • Swale and instream pool construction
  • Installation of culverts and headwalls
  • Re-shaping of channel and construction of grade control structures
  • Completion of works in the Royal Parade wetland inlet and outlet zones
  • Modification of the Royal Parade wetland outlet pit
  • Outlet structure works downstream of Royal Parade
  • Revegetation, subject to weather conditions.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said Council has developed a Management Plan for the Ayr Creek Reserve to guide the management over the next five-years.

“The plan will improve and protect the aspects of the reserve which the community value.

“The development of the plan has involved a collective effort of a number of departments and individuals including the South Gippsland Conservation Society and the Inverloch Residents and Ratepayers Association.

“We appreciate that these works may present an inconvenience to users within this section of Ayr Creek and we ask for your patience during these times. Our Contractor will make every effort to minimise these disruptions.”

Please note, these works are not related to the Ayr Creek lagoon where the mouth of the creek meets the beach.

Council has spoken to the responsible authority, WGCMA, about this occurrence.

For any queries, please contact Council’s Infrastructure Delivery Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.