Concerns over Corowa to Ovens junction Murray River draft erosion management plan

Proposed restrictions on some Murray River boating activities to manage erosion have been described as being based on false information.

I have no problem about making decisions based on sound advice but to me this is not based on sound advice

Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy

Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said a trial he believed would start next Easter would ban wake boarding and wake surfing between Bundalong and Corowa and prove disastrous for tourism in the region.

But a NSW Roads and Maritime Services spokeswoman would not reveal specific proposals contained in the Corowa to Ovens junction Murray River draft erosion management plan, due to be released publicly on December 1.

Mr McCurdy said on the evidence he’d read, most erosion was caused by the rise and fall of river levels, not wake boating.

“I have no problem about making decisions based on sound advice but to me this is not based on sound advice,” he said.

Mr McCurdy and member for Benambra Bill Tilley plan to meet NSW Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister Melinda Pavey on November 23 to voice their concerns and seek more detail about the draft plan.

Mr Tilley said the boating industry feared “this is the thin edge of the wedge, has been decided with little consultation and affects more Victorians than it does those across the river who are making this call”.

The RMS spokeswoman said the multi-agency draft plan committee that formed 12 months ago aimed to find the best balance of environmental concerns against popular water activities.

“The draft plan acknowledges there are a number of factors which contribute to erosion levels in this section of the river, including the regulation of water levels, and contains a number of water and land-based proposed actions, which may be implemented as a trial which would be monitored and reviewed,” she said.