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Barongarook Creek

  • Barongarook Creek

Work to repair a flood damaged creek to begin in spring

Work to repair a flood damaged creek in Colac is expected to begin in Spring.

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Large round rocks will be strategically positioned along Barongarook Creek in areas that suffered the most damage in last year's flood.

The one-in-20-year flood event took out a considerable chunk of the creek bank near the Scout Hall and damaged the footbridge linking the Lions Park to the common area.

A new bridge will be installed once the work is completed.

Corangamite Catchment Management Authority is leading the project in partnership with Colac Otway Shire Council.

Corangamite CMA Board Chair Alice Knight says around 180 lineal metres of rock beaching installed in total, on both sides of the creek.

Ms Knight say the rock beaching has been designed in an attractive stepped boulder formation, while the less visible sections would be standard rock beaching.

“The stepped boulders create secure spaces for native shrubs and grasses to grow, which not only makes the creek bank visually appealing but adds to the environmental values of the area.”

“The rock beaching will add extra stability to the areas of the creek where the floodwater hits the hardest, which is typically where the stream bed curves.”

Work will start in late spring 2017, weather dependent.