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Published Date 22 Nov 2013

LANDS ACQUISITION ACT 1989

PRE-ACQUISITION DECLARATION

1.     Acquisition

In accordance with the Lands Acquisitions Act 1989, I am considering the acquisition of the interests in land specified in paragraph 3 for the public purpose described in paragraph 4.  The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is the acquiring authority.

2.     The land

The land is two properties. The first property is described as part of Crown Allotment 34A in Title Plan TP271612P, identified in Schedules 1 & 2. The second property is described as part of Crown Allotment 29A in Title Plan TP743798R, identified in Schedules 1 & 3. Both properties are located in the Parish of Gunbower West, Victoria. These properties are located on Eastons Road and Taylors Road respectively, adjacent to Gunbower National Park, approximately 8 kilometres south-east of Cohuna, Victoria, as set out in Schedule 1.

3.     The interests in the land

This declaration relates to the acquisition of two easements for flooding, the first identified as “E-1” in Schedule 2 and the second identified as “E-1” in Schedule 3, in the land specified in paragraph 2.

4.     The public purpose

The public purpose of the acquisition is to enable the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to give directions for, and to manage, the release of water from the Gunbower Creek into the Gunbower Forest for environmental watering purposes.

5.     Suitability for development for use for a public purpose

The land is located on the boundary of the Gunbower Forest and forms part of the natural floodplain. As a result, it is suitable for the public purpose described in paragraph 4.

6.     Particulars of proposed development for use

The proposed releases will be from Gunbower Creek into the Gunbower Forest at a rate of up to, but not exceeding, 1,650 megalitres in any period of 24 hours measured at the Hipwell Rd Regulator, for a minimum of 90 days, six out of every 10 years on a rolling basis.

7.     Reasons why the land appears to be suitable for the proposed development for use

The land specified in paragraph 2 is suitable for the use described in paragraph 6 because it borders the Gunbower Forest.  The easement specified in paragraph 3 will provide security for the proposed environmental watering of Gunbower Forest in the event that water released from Gunbower Creek encroaches on and inundates the land.

Signed by Ned Rokvic (Delegate of the Special Minister of State), 18/11/2013

Schedule 1
This image shows thje location of the two easements for flooding. Both easements are located in the Parish of Gunbower, Victoria, and are adjacent to Gunbower National Park.

Schedule 2

This image shows the extent of the first easement for flooding. The easement relates to part of the property described Crown Allotment 34A in Title Plan TP271612P.

Schedule 3

This image shows the extent of the second easement for flooding. The easement relates to part of the property described as Crown Allotment 29A in Title Plan TP743798R.

 

Note: This Pre-Acquisition Declaration signifies that the Murray–Darling Basin Authority is considering an acquisition of the interest in land specified in paragraph 3. It does NOT mean the interest in land has been acquired.