Pro­tect wildlife, keep pets leashed

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Peo­ple are be­ing urged to keep their pets on a leash while walk­ing around Lake Be­nalla to pro­tect any wildlife that may be stranded in pools dur­ing the cur­rent draw­down.

The Goul­burn Bro­ken Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (CMA) is work­ing with Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil to draw­down Lake Be­nalla to con­trol the nox­ious weed cabomba, which is a se­ri­ous threat to wa­ter qual­ity, hu­man safety, lake aes­thet­ics and plants and an­i­mals.

Aus­tralian Platy­pus Con­ser­vancy re­searchers have been mon­i­tor­ing the lake’s platy­pus pop­u­la­tion dur­ing the draw­down.

Gen­er­ally platy­pus will move to other ar­eas as the wa­ter level changes, how- ever, if a mem­ber of the pub­lic no­tices a stranded platy­pus they should re­port it to 5157 5568 or www.platy­pus.asn.au; they should not at­tempt to move the platy­pus them­selves as the males have very poi­sonous spurs.

The lake is be­ing low­ered to ex­pose the cabomba to air and dry it out.

This is the most ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient way to get rid of the weed and is safer than us­ing sprays or other chem­i­cals.

Goul­burn Bro­ken CMA is work­ing with Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil and Goul­burnMur­ray Wa­ter on the project, which is funded by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Land­care Pro­gram.

Drained: Lake Be­nalla will be drained to ad­dress in­va­sive aquatic weeds. Pic­ture: Rene Martens

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