Regeneration efforts to boost Anglesea River

Posted 20 June 2016

RiverWater will again flow into the Anglesea River in a summer trial which, if successful, could continue until a long-term management plan is secured.

For almost 50 years, Victoria’s Alcoa power station pumped treated bore water into the nearby Anglesea River. That went dry after the coal-fired station closed in August last year.

But the immediate future of the river has been secured with a plan to pump water from an existing treated groundwater storage pond at Alcoa.

Victoria's Water Minister Lisa Neville said the solution would maintain adequate water levels for social, economic and environmental benefits.

“I understand how important the river is to the Anglesea community – which is why we have pushed so hard to ensure its long-term sustainability, and bolster its environmental and social value,” she said.

The short-term plan will run as a trial between November and March, and may continue indefinitely.

Additional water from the river may be extracted during spring – when river water levels are higher – for storage in the pond to ensure there is sufficient water available to discharge over the summer months.

Since the closure of the Anglesea power station in 2015, the government has been working with stakeholders and the Anglesea community to identify short and long-term management options for the river.

“We are shaping the future management of the Anglesea River and I want to thank everyone who has participated in this community consultation process,” Neville said.

“The Community Conversations forums continue to be an important vehicle for community discussion on a range of issues – including future land-use, water, planning and the long term vision for the Anglesea region.”

The government partnered with Barwon Water and Alcoa to implement the plan.