Ovens cook­ing with grant funds

Myrtleford Times - - News - By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.

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