Work stays on track
River walk project on target as volunteers dig back in after big rain
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.
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.