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On Saturday 21st January 2023 AIDA held a community forum at the Aireys Community Hall on the topic of the health of the Painkalac Creek and its estuary, how it might be impacted by the frequent artificial openings and its suitability for recreational activities. The forum was a resounding success with approximately 120 attendees – both AIDA members and others from the community.

Click the following links for the poster for the forum, to access Surf Coast Shire Fact Sheets on flooding of the creek, on roles and responsibilities in managing the creek estuary, and on frequently asked questions about the process and history of artificial opening of the estuary mouth, and finally to access the speakers’ Power Point presentations.

The poster AIDA Community Forum Jan 2023 and fact sheets Painkalac Fact Sheet-Estuary-Flooding were circulated to members before the forum.

The invited speakers came from the following organisations, and they have very kindly provided copies of their Power Point presentations (see links below):

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, Prof David Kennedy, Director, Office for Environmental Programs

ESTUARY WATCH – Rod Brooks, Local Coordinator

EstuaryWatch presentation

CORANGAMITE CATCHMENT AUTHORITY (CCMA) – Jayden Woolley, Estuary & Environmental Water Manager

CCMA presentation AIDA community forum

BARWON WATER – Jarod Scott, Coordinator Systems, Waterways & Catchments

Barwon Water AIDA Painkalac Presentation – 21 Jan 2023

SURF COAST SHIRE – Sharna Whitehand, Community Emergency Management & Resilience

Council Presentation – AIDA Painkalac Forum – 21 Jan 2023

GREAT OCEAN ROAD COAST AND PARKS AUTHORITY (GORCAPA) – Alex McDonald, Environment Manager, and Scott Hives

Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority presentation – AIDA Forum 21.01.23 FINAL

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