Help of land­hold­ers needed for river health

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

LAND­HOLD­ERS with frontages on the Seven Creeks are be­ing en­cour­aged to get in­volved in a Goul­burn Bro­ken Catch­ment Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity ( CMA) project to im­prove the health of the wa­ter­way.

River Health of­fi­cer Sue Kosch said the Goul­burn Bro­ken CMA would be work­ing with land­hold­ers and the com­mu­nity to im­prove the ri­par­ian and in-stream health of the creek, with the aim of im­prov­ing habi­tat for na­tion­ally threat­ened Mac­quarie perch and trout cod.

“The Seven Creeks is a very im­por­tant part of the land­scape, so it’s im­por­tant that we pro­tect and im­prove the con­di­tion of the creek to help en­sure the on­go­ing sur­vival of these two na­tion­ally threat­ened fish species and the other na­tive species that de­pend on it for food and shel­ter,” she said.

Fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives are avail­able for a range of on­ground works in­clud­ing fenc­ing, al­ter­na­tive wa­ter­ing sites and reveg­e­ta­tion.

The Goul­burn Bro­ken CMA will also un­der take in-stream habi­tat works in strate­gic ar­eas to in­crease habi­tat for fish and other aquatic species.

“We are aim­ing to fill in some of the ‘gaps’ in the na­tive veg­e­ta­tion along the creek to re­con­nect the ri­par­ian zone, and carry out in-stream habi­tat en­hance­ment works to cre­ate more refuge pools, which pro­vide vi­tal shel­ter, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing low-flow events as were ex­prienced last sum­mer,” Ms Kosch said.

“In­creas­ing the cover of na­tive veg­e­ta­tion in the ri­par­ian zone and the qual­ity of in­stream habi­tat will help im­prove the over­all con­di­tion of the creek and the Mac­quarie perch and trout cod pop­u­la­tions within it.”

The Seven Creeks To­wards 2040 Project is funded through the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Re­gional Ri­par­ian Ac­tion Plan.

To find out more about the project, in­clud­ing grants avail­able for land­hold­ers, visit www. gbcma. vic. gov. au or con­tact Sue Kosch on 5797 4400.

THREAT­ENED: A Mac­quarie Perch, one of the pro­tected na­tive species of fish that can be found in Seven Creeks.

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