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About the Mascotte Escape

The Mascotte Escape is used to deliver water for the environment to the locally significant Cockrans and Jimaringle creeks.

The Mascotte Escape was identified as one of the 28 escapes for upgrade and modernisation across the Murray footprint, including 14 NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) escapes that manage the delivery of water for the environment.

“The Mascotte Escape was identified as one of the 28 escapes for upgrade and modernisation across the Murray footprint.”

DPIE worked closely with Murray Irrigation to redesign the infrastructure to increase its capacity from 120 ML per day to 300 ML per day, and have it operating as part of Murray Irrigation’s remote-controlled network.

The upgrade capitalised on the benefits of the Commonwealth government’s Private Irrigation Infrastructure Operators Program (PIIOP), and Murray Irrigation’s partnership with DPIE presented an opportunity to achieve this upgrade in addition to other PIIOP works at the site.

Informative and exciting drone footage of the Mascotte Escape upgrade.

Positive outcomes

The increased flows aim to improve native vegetation and allow for healthy populations of water-dependent animals.

The escape can also be used to help mitigate hypoxic blackwater events by delivering oxygenated water to the creek and creating fresh pockets of water that are essential for the survival of native fish.