Yanco Creek Modernisation Project

Invitation for registration of Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge Holders


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

The Yanco Creek Modernisation Project (YCMP) 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 is a series of initiatives aiming 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 YCMP 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
  • 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 will continue to consult with communities on the proposed Yanco Creek Modernisation Project to seek feedback on impacts, opportunities and work to address concerns. Learn more about the proposed YCMP projects and provide your feedback by clicking on the button below.

Project information

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)
  • 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 to 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

Invitation for registration of Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge Holders

Water Infrastructure NSW is currently investigating a range of infrastructure projects as part of the Yanco Creek Modernisation Project. Modernising infrastructure along the Yanco Creek system will enable improved water management and deliver better social, environmental and cultural outcomes for communities along the Yanco Creek system.

The project would involve a range of construction works at a number of locations on Yanco, Billabong, Colombo and Forest creeks, near towns such as Morundah, Jerilderie, Conargo and Wanganella.

In accordance with the Aboriginal cultural heritage consultation requirements for proponents (Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water 2010), Water Infrastructure NSW is seeking registrations of interest from Aboriginal people who hold cultural knowledge relevant to this large project area and the cultural and spiritual significance of the Yanco Creek system more generally.

Community consultation with Aboriginal people will assist us to prepare an Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report. Your feedback will also assist the Department of Planning Industry and Environment i its consideration and determination of the project. Consultation will also assist the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet in the consideration and determination of any subsequent Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit (AHIP) applications (if required).

Any Aboriginal people or organisations with relevant cultural knowledge can register in writing (email or letter) to:

Oliver Macgregor
Senior Archaeologist, 3Rivers Partnership 
Phone: 1300 081 047 
Email: oliver.macgregor@jacobs.com
Mail: PO Box 237, Civic Square ACT 2608

Any general enquiries concerning heritage management at Water Infrastructure NSW can be directed to:

Maydina Penrith
Senior Aboriginal Cultural Officer, Water Infrastructure NSW
Email: maydina.penrith@dpie.nsw.gov.au