The re-imagination of a disused water treatment plant and 2 ponds has resulted in a new haven for both fish and fishing enthusiasts.
Dunyak Moira (meaning fishing lake in Yorta Yorta language) was created in partnership between Goulburn Valley Water and the Burnanga Indigenous Fishing Club. It is now home to 65 advanced fish, and thousands of fingerlings.
The project involved a unique blend of innovation and environmental restoration.
ERV contributed 6 truckloads of surplus root balls to the project. The root balls came from large trees damaged in the June 2021 flood and storm event. The root balls form part of habitat for fish on the lagoon floor.
Steven Nash is the Manager of Operations at Goulburn Valley Water. "One of the core aspects is to create a habitat for fish," Steven explains. "We've really seen the benefits once we filled the pond with water, we have not lost one big fish and they’re breeding."
Corey Walker, President of the Burnanga Indigenous Fishing Club, stressed the cultural significance of the project. "The health and wellbeing benefits are massive, particularly coming out of COVID,” said Corey. “Getting the younger people out in the natural environment to really soak up the fresh air."
As these lagoons continue to flourish, they represent not just a recreational spot but a reminder of community efforts. With collaboration, unexpected spaces can become sanctuaries of biodiversity and natural beauty.
Watch the video below to learn more.