Lake Victoria Annual Report 2008-09
Lake Victoria is a naturally occurring shallow freshwater lake approximately 60 kilometres downstream of the Murray–Darling Junction in south–western New South Wales, close to the South Australian and Victorian borders. Since 1928, Lake Victoria has been operated by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) as a regulated, offriver storage as part of the River Murray System. Lake Victoria is owned and operated by the South Australia Water Corporation (SA Water), on behalf of a joint venture comprising the Australian, New South Wales, Victorian and South Australian Governments. SA Water's program of works is funded and directed by the MDBA on behalf of the four asset controlling governments.
Regulation of the Lake over the last 70 years has contributed to the erosion and exposure of Aboriginal cultural material on the lakeshore and surrounding cliffs, in particular Aboriginal burial grounds. Since 1994 substantial works have been built to protect all known burials from wave and wind erosion, and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared to support an application under Section 90 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NSW) to allow continued disturbance of non–burial Aboriginal objects by regulation of the Lake.
Publishing date: 04 March 2010