Flood dam­aged river bank re­paired

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

Plants helped strengthen and re­pair the bank. AF­TER in­spect­ing his prop­erty af­ter the 2013 floods, Nick Ul­coq no­ticed the last­ing dam­age was not in his home, but on the river bank.

Over­look­ing the Bur­nett River, the flood­wa­ters had turned the bank into a cliff right by his or­chard trees.

But af­ter work by the Bur­nett Catch­ment Care As­so­ci­a­tion, the river next to his and many North Bur­nett prop­er­ties is re­turn­ing to health.

Project of­fi­cer at BCCA Louise New­man said many prop­er­ties over­look­ing the river were badly eroded from the 2013 floods.

“And if left un­treated it could po­ten­tially cut into the high value agri­cul­tural land,” Ms New­man said.

The group used satel­lite imag­ing to as­sess which ar­eas had the most dam­age, and of­fered to work with land­hold­ers to re­store the river banks.

About 20 prop­er­ties have been helped since 2013, but Ms Hall said restor­ing the river bank was far from an easy task.

“We get con­trac­tors to do the earth­works and then the rest of the work in­volves weed con­trol, fence build­ing and plant­ing the shrubs of plants,” she said.

About 5000 new plants have been planted and main­tained along the prop­er­ties, with the long-term goal of strength­en­ing the banks.

Ms Hall said although much of the dam­age was re­paired, the banks would not be to the level they were pre-floods un­til 10 years had passed.

“It’s a long-term project,” she said.

But it is one Mr Ul­coq is glad is hap­pen­ing.

“I thought noth­ing could be done,” Mr Ul­coq said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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