Yanco Creek Modernisation Project

Water Infrastructure NSW is investigating two projects within the Yanco Creek system as part of the Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Measures (SDLAM) program:

  1. Yanco Creek Modernisation Project, and
  2. Yanco Creek Offtake Project.

The Yanco Creek Modernisation Project is investigating the modernisation of infrastructure to enable smarter use of water in the Yanco Creek system – including Yanco, Billabong, Colombo and Forest creeks.

What is the Yanco Creek Modernisation Project?

The Yanco Creek Modernisation Project (YCMP) is a series of initiatives that aim to improve water management as part of commitments within the Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Mechanism (SDLAM) program.

The SDLAM program is being delivered by the NSW Government with funding provided by the Australian Government under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The Yanco Creek Modernisation Project aims to:

  • create a community and government partnership;
  • maintain and improve flows;
  • keep the Yanco, Billabong, Forest and Columbo Creeks flowing;
  • be smart in the use of available water;
  • modernise ageing infrastructure, and
  • ensure project benefits for irrigators, town water supplies, native fish, water birds, culture and heritage, and recreational use.

A range of options are being investigated to improve water management in the Yanco Creek System including:

  • environmental water efficiency
  • Billabong Creek re-regulation weirs
  • Yanco Creek / Mundoora Anabranch reconfiguration
  • Forest Creek return flows via Piccaninny Creek
  • improved flow measurement
  • review of irrigation escapes flows
  • improved use of technology
  • improved riparian management

The NSW Government is consulting with communities on the proposed Yanco Creek Modernisation Project to seek feedback on impacts, opportunities and work to address concerns.

Project Benefits

The Yanco Creek Modernisation Project is focused on delivering equivalent and/or improved environment outcomes through infrastructure and smarter use of water.

Some of the expected benefits in the Yanco, Billabong, Forest, Colombo Creeks and Murrumbidgee systems include:

  • more efficient delivery of environmental water;
  • improved fish passage (e.g. new fish ladders);
  • improved knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultural heritage;
  • improved connection to country by Traditional Owners;
  • an economic, training and employment boost during Yanco SDLAM Programs for local communities;
  • improved levels of services (e.g. more flexible timing to irrigation scheduling); and
  • a reduced risk of further non-strategic water market purchases from the Southern Connect Basin to meet NSW Basin Plan commitments.

Many projects within the Yanco Creek Modernisation Project are investigating the construction and restoration of fish passages between water bodies that will enable native fish to safely bypass obstacles such as weirs and fish barriers. By re-establishing these travel corridors, species will have greater connectivity to habitat and breeding areas.

Wanganella Swamp
Wanganella Swamp

The project team is currently seeking community input into the suite of proposed projects. To find out more about the YCMP and the proposed projects go to our public consultation page.