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Rural Waterway Management

Completed Projects



 Current Rural Waterway Management Projects

  • Gravel extraction in light of potential channel avulsion (Current)
    Project: Field monitoring of sediment accumulation in Happy Valley Creek, Myrtleford, to assess aggradation and flood potential.
    Client: Alpine Shire Council

  • Impacts of Sediment Liberation from Weirs on Waterway Functioning (2017 - Current)
    Project: Monitoring pre and post-weir opening to determine the geomorphic and ecological effects (with the Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management).
    Client: Melbourne Water, VIC.

  • Lower Goulburn River Inter-Valley Transfer Assessment (2017 - Current)
    Project: Assessment and evaluation of approaches to optimising IVTs flow deliveries with least impact/greatest benefit for ecosystem functioning
    Client: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (Cottingham and Associates), VIC.

  • Flow retention for ecosystem services and the influence of flow - Environmental Watering Key Requirements (2017 - Current)
    Project: Development of a desktop and field-based approach to assessing flow retention relative to discharge to inform ecosystem functioning
    Client: Charles Sturt University, NSW.

  • Long Term Intervention Monitoring Project, Physical Habitat, Goulburn River (2013 - Current)
    Project: Ongoing monitoring of bank condition and physical habitat (hydraulic modelling) to assess the effectiveness of environmental water deliveries.
    Client: Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder.

Completed Rural Waterway Management Projects

  • Channel Migration Assessment - Ovens River, Bright (2019)
    Consideration of several geomorphic hotspots to recommend tailored setback buffer distances to ensure future channel migrations do not impact pine plantation growth in a plantation located adjacent to an active section of the Ovens river.
    HVP Plantations

  • Evidence Review- North East Victoria (2019)
    Scientific literature review of geomorphic, hydrologic, ecological and social research tailored to several key management issues in North East Victoria. Evidence was ranked in accordance to its scientific merit and locality, with final summaries used to inform future funding for management.
    North East Catchment Management Authority

  • Physical Form Assessment of Goulburn River banks as a result of increased Inter-Valley Trade (IVT) (2018-2019)
    Utilizing drone technology to monitor bank condition on the Goulburn River to determine the influence of increased IVT flow on physical form and riparian vegetation.
    Client: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (Cottingham and Associates), VIC.

  • Opportunities for Stackey Gully in light of development, Bright, Victoria (2018)
    Waterway realignment options and corridor width assessments incorporating flood, stability, historical and access/recreational considerations.
    Client: Alpine Shire Council

  • Benefits of decommissioning Nicholson Dam (2018)
    Project: Determining the social, ecological, geomorphic and economic benefits of the removal of an on-line, former water-supply dam
    Client: Gippsland Water (Sub-Consultant to Jenni Hale, Ecological Consulting), VIC.

  • Development of Guidelines for Waterway Management (2018)
    Project: Development of a decision tool for assessment and application of waterway works for the State of Queensland.
    Client: Queensland, Department of Natural Resources and Mines (Sub-Consultant to Water Technology), QLD.

  • Conceptual Design for Box Creek (2018)
    Project: Development of a conceptual design for a boulder bed creek through a planned development near Wollongong.
    Client: Ecoplanning, NSW.

  • Ecosystem Processes and Functions for Long Term Water Plans (2017)
    Project:  Technical input to the development of strategic water plans for NSW that recognise physical and ecological linkages
    Client: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW.

  • Investigation into the effects of channel obstructions on flooding (2017)
    Project:  Technical oversight and community engagement for hydraulic modelling and flood issues associated with an anabranch of the Ovens River, Myrtleford, VIC.
    Client: Alpine Shire Council, VIC.

  • Wetland Inundation Assessment, Lower Goulburn Wetlands (2017)
    Project:  Assessment of the relationship between river flow and wetland inundation and values
    Client: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, VIC.

  • Lower Goulburn River: observations on managing water releases in light of recent bank slumping (2013)
    Project: Report prepared on observations on managing water releases in light of recent bank slumping by Peter Cottingham and Associates (Cottingham P., Vietz G., Roberts J, Frood D., Graesser A., Kaye, J. and Shields A.)
    Client: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority

  • Fluvial geomorphology study of the Thomson River System (2011)
    Project: Provision of expertise in geomorphic impacts of changing flow regimes and processes and assessing potential for avulsion.
    Client: Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder. Geomorphologist, Melbourne Water (subcontractor to Alluvium consulting)        

  • Guidelines for operation of River Murray System storages to examine and take account of possible effects (2010)
    Project: Development of guidelines to examine and take account of any possible environmental, geomorphic, water quality, and cultural heritage effects associated with exercising the MDBA’s powers or functions in regard to river operations.
    Client: Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder. Murray Darling Basin Authority.        

  • Bruthen Creek stability and management 2008
    Project: Assessment of structures, channel form and geomorphic processes occurring throughout the highly incised channel of Bruthen Creek, Corner Inlet, West Gippsland.
    Client: West Gippsland Catchement Management Authority.        

  • Reach-scale river geomorphic character assessment method for the Murray Darling Basin to inform the Sustainable Rivers Audit (2007-2008)
    Project: Member of team developing and pilot testing a reach-scale geomorphic character (physical form) assessment for the Murray Darling Basin as a component of the Sustainable Rivers Audit.
    Client: Murray Darling Basin Authority.     

  • Review of River Murray erosion control techniques (2007)
    Project: Member of expert panel team reviewing the geomorphic and hydraulic effectiveness of techniques and strategies used to control bank erosion on the River Murray between Hume and Yarrawonga.
    Client: Department of Natural Resources, NSW.     

  • South Australian stream condition assessment (2003)
    Project: Development and application of a geomorphic categorisation approach for assessing baseline condition and trajectories of change in numerous catchments of South Australia. Includes GIS analysis and field inspection of geomorphic condition indicators.
    Client: Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Board.

  • Goulburn-Broken River Health Strategy (2003)
    Project: Member of technical panel responsible for identification of condition and threats relating to river stability and form to assist prioritisation and strategy development.
    Client: Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.

  • Thomson River waterway action plan (2002-2003)
    Project: Responsible for all aspects of production of the Thomson River Waterway Action Plan including population of the RiVERS priority management program.
    Client: West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

  • Wimmera Catchment Management Authority works program (2001-2002)
    Project: Responsible for the 2001/2002 works program including technical designs, on-site supervision financial management and client and community liaison.
    Client: Wimmera Catchment Management Authority.    

  • Harrow Creek, Queensland, Diversion Rehabilitation Concept and Design (2002)
    Project: Responsible for technical and managerial aspects, analysis and design for eroded channel at Peak Downs Mine, Queensland. Included geomorphic, hydraulic (HEC RAS) and environmental investigations, detailed design and drawings (12D).
    Client: Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance. 

  • Wimmera River geomorphic investigation – sediment sources, transport and fate (2001)                    
    Project: Determination of implications resulting from geomorphic changes in the Wimmera River. Responsible for hydrologic, hydraulic and sedimentologic investigations.
    Client: Wimmera Catchement Management Authority.

  • Semarang Flood Control Project, Indonesia (based in Central Java, Indonesia) (1999)
    Project: River designer involved with hydraulic modelling (HEC RAS), identification of sediment sources and fate and construction issues, as well as environmental and social issues relating to river management.
    Client: Asian Development Bank.        


  • Cooma Creek Flood Mitigation Project (1999)
    Project: Responsible for all aspects of tender documentation, contract supervision, computer modelling (HEC RAS), design and surveying for the one kilometre section.
    Client:  Cooma-Monaro Shire Council NSW.