Central Goldfields Shire Council and Central Highlands Water have formed a partnership to replenish the water levels at the Goldfields Reservoir in Maryborough.
The water is being pumped from Central Highlands Water’s available groundwater resources and is being released to a channel that flows into the Goldfields Reservoir, through a cost-recovery arrangement with Central Goldfields Shire Council.
The Goldfields Reservoir is a recreational water asset managed by Central Goldfields Shire and is not part of Maryborough’s drinking water supply.
Central Goldfields Shire Council, Mayor Chris Meddows-Taylor, said, “The community had shared concerns about the low water levels at the Goldfields Reservoir.
“The Goldfields Reservoir is a wonderful community recreational asset and we thank Central Highlands Water for their role in replenishing the water levels.
“Not only is the Goldfields Reservoir looking its best for both residents and visitors to enjoy, it also means it can be enjoyed for fishing, boating and swimming.”
Central Highlands Water’s Managing Director, Paul O’Donohue, said, “We are pleased to partner with Central Goldfields Shire Council and we have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Council to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to this initiative.
“This initiative is a great example of how our partnership with the Central Goldfields Shire Council supports key objectives of the Maryborough Integrated Water Management Plan.”
Providing this water can support and enable the liveability and well-being of the community through improving open spaces and water bodies.
“We will continue to work closely with Council to deliver inflows in a sustainable way, ensuring appropriate drinking water supply levels are maintained for Maryborough and District as well as assisting the long-term recreational and amenity benefits to the users of the Goldfields Reservoir,” Mr O’Donohue said.
This initiative aligns with a range of Victorian Government policies encouraging organisations to work together to make best use of available water for both community and environmental benefit.