May 2007 - Announcement of meeting at the Moorook Institute to discuss developing a management plan etc - download it here.

Then Minister for the River Murray, Karlene Maywald visit helps with planting - date?


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In September 2007, the Yatco Wetland Landcare Group, with the Loxton to Bookpurnong Local Action Planning group and the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board, applied for funding through the National Plan for Water Security to support the infrastructure adjustments needed to de-couple irrigation requirements from the wetland system. 


In October 2007 advice was received from the local Federal Member for Barker, the Hon Patrick Secker MP, that this application had been successful.  The announcement confirming this included the following statements of note in this context:


“The Australian Government will provide funding of $3.3 million from the $5.9 billion modernising irrigation in Australia programme to improve river operations in the South Australian Murray through implementation of the Yatco Lakes Wetland Management and Pump Relocation project.


Currently the Yatco Lakes Wetland system is permanently inundated to provide water to irrigators who pump directly from the lagoons.


Under this project, Australian Government funding will contribute to the costs associated with disconnecting irrigators who currently pump directly from Yatco Lagoon, and connecting them to the main River Murray channel. This will enable the management of the Yatco wetland system to be returned to a more natural cycle of drying and wetting.”   




Press release - Friday, 12 October, 2007


'Yatco wetland water savings project statement'

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Press release - July 11, 2011 


'High flows breath life into river … and yabby population!'

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Then South Australian Premier Mike Rand and Minister for the River Murray, Karlene Maywald visit - December 2007

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