Work stays on track

River walk project on tar­get as vol­un­teers dig back in after big rain

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

THE stride of Gayn­dah’s Green Army was not bro­ken by re­cent rain, with the river walk project on track for a March fin­ish date.

Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers Aus­tralia su­per­vi­sor Agostino De Sousa said a team of nine was work­ing to re­store the 1.5km path along the river from the swimming pool to the car­a­van park.

“To­day we’re on re­pair and re­cov­ery mode from the big, beau­ti­ful rain we had (last week),” Mr De Sousa said.

“It’s a day’s re­pair or two on the month’s work we did.

“The swales (shal­low trenches) saved a lot of silt and soil from run­ning away, (but) were not quite deep or big enough.”

Mil­let and couch grass seeds sown three to six months ago had grown since the rain, he said, and fur­ther ground­cover would be in­tro­duced.

Work­ers were also re­mov­ing nox­ious weeds, such as the cas­tor oil plant and catspaw that reap­peared after the rain, ahead of plant­ing na­tive trees and shrubs.

Chris Bar­low, 19, said learn­ing how to save species and plant them had been part of his train­ing.

“This catspaw is climb­ing up the tree and will suck nu­tri­ents out of a liv­ing tree, and we would poi­son it to save the tree,” he said.

Con­struc­tion fol­lows a project funded through Nat­u­ral Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ar­range­ments to sta­bilise the banks of the Bur­nett River after mas­sive ero­sion caused by the 2013 floods.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

RE­JU­VE­NA­TION: Chris Bar­low redigs a shal­low trench to pre­vent ero­sion and en­cour­age even ir­ri­ga­tion of soil along Gayn­dah's river walk. Con­ser­va­tion Vol­un­teers Aus­tralia is restor­ing the walk after the 2013 floods.

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