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Barwon Water has today submitted its proposed plan for the remediation and environmental protection of Boundary Creek, Big Swamp and the surrounding environment to Southern Rural Water (SRW) for consideration.

On 11 September 2018, Southern Rural Water (SRW), as the Minister for Water’s delegate, issued Barwon Water a direction notice under Section 78 of the Water Act 1989 to submit and implement a legally enforceable remediation plan for Boundary Creek, Big Swamp and the surrounding environment impacted by groundwater pumping at Barwon Downs.

SRW will now review and assess the proposed Remediation and Environmental Protection Plan against the agreed scope and will be guided by expert advice from its Independent Technical Review Panel, and by community perspective from its Barwon Community Leaders Group.

Upon acceptance of the Plan by SRW, Barwon Water must finalise the Plan (including any changes required by SRW). Barwon Water will be expected to begin to implement the Plan by 1 March 2020.  The progress of implementation will be subject to ongoing reporting to SRW.

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