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Markwood/Ovens River Complex

May 2024 update

A technical investigation of the Markwood / Ovens complex is currently underway, expected to be completed by the end of June 2024.

As part of this investigation, Water Technology are undertaking hydrological modelling as well as assessing existing CMA structures such as rock chutes.

The outcome of this technical investigation is the development of a Markwood / Ovens Management Plan that will set the long-term management objectives for this reach.  This document will be the basis for management decisions and will be used to support funding applications to explain to investors why funding is needed within the project area.

The CMA is aware there are a number of different land uses within the project area and a number of different priorities for land managers. As part of this investigation, a Project Steering Group has been established with landholder representatives from both the left and right banks of the Ovens River as well as representatives from Goulburn Murray Water and the Rural City of Wangaratta. This group provides the CMA with excellent feedback on community issues, but to ensure we are aware of any broader issues and priorities community consultation is being planned for late May 2024 (see dates below).

These sessions are open to all and are an opportunity to let the North East CMA and Water Technology know of any waterway issues you may have on your property, what you most value about waterways and your priorities for waterways within the project area.   

If you can’t make the community drop in sessions or if you want to let us know of any areas of concern now you can access an interactive online map where you can click a location and leave a comment. This map will be accessible until the end of May.

The project area begins at the confluence of Whorouly Creek and the Ovens River and continued until Tarrawingee (see map below).

More information about the upcoming community sessions is detailed below. If you have any queries about this project please contact Kelly Behrens, Manager Program Implementation on 0427 351 411 or kelly.behrens@necma.vic.gov.au


Download the flyer here

Download the Markwood Spillway Project Information Sheet - May 2024

Download the Markwood Ovens Project Information Sheet


A number of reports have been completed looking at the Markwood / Ovens river complex and both North East River Alliance (NERA) and non-NERA members have requested access to these reports. To ensure transparency these reports are uploaded to the NECMA website.

The reports have been assessed using the North East CMA Proactive and Informal Release Framework.