Breathing New Life Into Mullum Wetlands
Published on 25 January 2024
A cleaner, healthier Mullum Wetlands will soon bring a range of benefits to Mansfield, following a major rejuvenation project set to begin next month.
The works will focus on improving water flow through the wetland system and restoring its amenity as a high-profile green space.
In planning the project, Mansfield Shire Council consulted with community members, including former Friends of Mullum Wetlands group member John Owen and the Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority to find the best solutions to current issues with the wetlands.
Council has now engaged Optimal Stormwater to undertake works including constructing a new inlet sediment sump and clearing the congested flow channels, inlets and outlets.
These works will result in reduced stagnation and weed growth, lower flood risks and better water quality in the wetlands and downstream. They will also allow more efficient ongoing management of sediment build-up.
Mayor Cr Steve Rabie spoke about the important health and environmental outcomes for the community.
“The Mullum wetlands are a significant feature right at the entrance to Mansfield, originally built with a huge community involvement. With new development occurring around the Mansfield township, it’s important we look after the wetlands which help to clean stormwater runoff from local streets. The wetlands also provide an important habitat for birds, animals and insects. We’re excited to see this work occurring to preserve a clean, rich environment in the Station Precinct that residents and visitors can come and enjoy,” he said.
The $120,000 project is funded from Council’s capital works budget.
Works are scheduled to begin on 12 February, taking approximately 6 weeks to complete subject to suitable weather conditions.
Some paths and walkways around the wetlands may be closed while works are underway, and construction equipment may be operating. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take care and follow any signage when in the area.
For any enquiries, contact Council at email@example.com or on (03) 5775 8555.