Flood damaged river bank repaired
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.