Ovens cooking with grant funds
UPPER Ovens Valley Landcare Group has obtained almost $50,000 in funding for a number of major projects.
A biodiversity riparian project will soon start near the intersection of the Buckland and Ovens rivers thanks to a $31,500 grant while $15,000 was also secured for work along the Germantown Reserve between the Germantown and Tawonga Gap bridges.
UOVLG president Peter Jacobs said riparian restoration work at the foot of Mount Buffalo will be delivered over a two-year period.
“The vegetation there were the Buckland comes in to the Ovens is an area that needs some attention,” he said.
“There are a lot of weeds and thick grasses in there and it’s been hard for tress to reestablish while rabbits have also impacted on the area.
“We’re just really looking to improve the condition of that corridor so that it makes a nice connection between Mt Buffalo National Park and the riparian areas along the river and the state forest on the other side.
“Firstly we’ll be doing some weed control work and some rabbit control work then replanting with some species that are indigenous to the area.”
Mr Jacobs said a tour of the site will take place on Tuesday, October 24 from 5.30pm for interested residents while people can also get involved in projects set for the Germantown Reserve.
Mr Jacobs said the Friends of Germantown Streamside Reserve will hold two spring maintenance working bees over the coming months.
The first is on Sunday (October 22) from 8.30am and the second is planned for December 3.
“The areas targeted include the picnic ground, the boardwalk, the rest area and the walking track,” Mr Jacobs said.
“The aim is to reduce the intrusion of spring growth of weeds, manual eradication of some weeds and removal of rubbish.
“The friends group for that reserve have been quite active doing some great work there and the recent funding from North East Catchment Management Authority will only help improve the reserve.”
Mr Jacobs said volunteers are recommended to wear appropriate clothing including long pants and boots and hand gear.
The UOVLG will also hold a free information session and walk during the Spring Festival on October 29.
The walk will start from the Bright Arboretum at 10.30am and will be followed by a barbeque lunch by the Ovens River from 12.30pm.
Guest speakers will be Peter Jacobs, Peter O’Donnell, Peter Stokie and Rob Duncan who will give talks on various topics associated with UVOLG and the ecology of the Ovens River.
IN THE BANK: Upper Ovens Landcare members Kate Farrell, Peter Stokie and Rob Duncan are thrilled to have secured significant funding for ongoing projects.