Maintenance set to commence at Mildura South Wetlands

Published on 05 February 2018

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Work is scheduled to commence at the Mildura South Wetlands this week to remove overgrown vegetation, aimed at increasing flow and improving the health of the wetlands.

The Mildura South Wetlands are one of three major constructed wetlands in Mildura designed to collect stormwater from surrounding urban areas which is filtered and cleaned by the wetlands vegetation before being released into the natural environment.

A small amount of vegetation removal will also occur at the Bob Corbould Wetland.

The planned works will see built up silt and overgrown Combugi and Spiny rush removed by excavator and will take approximately two weeks to complete.

During this time, the vegetation and silt will be stockpiled around the wetlands to allow the material to dry out before being taken to the Mildura Landfill. Nearby residents may notice odours from the drying vegetation for a short period of time.

Councillor for Environment & Farming Sustainability Anthony Cirillo said these works are vital in ensuring the wetlands continue to function effectively.

“Over time, contaminants such as dirt and silt build up in the wetland and when this happens, we need to remove overgrown vegetation and build up to improve the health of the wetland, prevent stagnant water and reduce odour,” Cr Cirillo said.

“Residents may notice some unfavourable odours for a short period, as well as changed traffic conditions and limited access to walking paths, however we ask for their understanding given the importance of these works.”

Anyone seeking further information about these works may contact Council’s Environmental Sustainability team on 03 5018 8100.

 

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