Study but no action on blocked Lake Gillear drain

Still blocked: Ben Holloway is among the Allansford farmers whose paddocks have been flooded because of the blocked Lake Gillear drain. Picture: Christine Ansorge
Still blocked: Ben Holloway is among the Allansford farmers whose paddocks have been flooded because of the blocked Lake Gillear drain. Picture: Christine Ansorge

There’s no joy for the Warrnambool Motorcycle Club and Allansford farmers about getting the Lake Gillear drain cleared in the near future but a study of the whole drain system is in the pipeline.

The club and Allansford farmers are still trying to find a government agency that will clear the blocked drain under Buckleys Road at Allansford to ease rising water levels that have flooded paddocks and threaten to encroach upon the club’s motorcycle track.

But the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority (GHCMA) said the drain crossing was part of the Nullawarre Drainage System that would be a pilot project for the Victorian Rural Drainage Strategy. The strategy aims to enable landholders to choose how to manage their drainage systems into the future.

GHCMA chief executive Adam Bester said the pilot will include hydrological modelling to find where the main flow constrictions were, how drainage works might improve the system and the development of a drainage management plan to form the foundation for gaining approvals for undertaking works.

“We will be working with landholders, Moyne Shire and Warrnambool City Council and other relevant agencies on the project to ensure all stakeholders can contribute to the project. This will include the Warrnambool Motorcycle Club,” Mr Bester said.

But he said the GHCMA was not the land manager responsible for the drain crossing.

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