Lo­cals to be given say on bio­di­ver­sity

Alpine Observer - - Alive -

UPPER Ovens Val­ley Land­care Group (UOVLG) is invit­ing peo­ple to head along to a com­mu­nity event in Bright next week­end to give their thoughts on lo­cal bio­di­ver­sity.

In con­junc­tion with North East Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity ( NECMA), the ses­sion will take place at pop­u­lar Ovens River lo­ca­tion Jacks Hole, at the end of Tyn­tyn­der Lane.

UOVLG pres­i­dent Peter Jacobs said mem­bers were keen to hear from the com­mu­nity on what lo­cal bio­di­ver­sity fea­tures in the Ovens Val­ley are im­por­tant to them, to then as­sess pri­or­i­ties for fu­ture work in the area.

“It’s im­por­tant to us that our work is tar­geted to pro­tect and en­hance the places that are im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity,” UOVLG pres­i­dent Peter Jacobs said.

“Land­care has put a lot of vol­un­teer hours into weed man­age­ment and re-veg­e­tat­ing parts of the Ovens River over the past decade.

“Now we’re de­cid­ing where we need to fo­cus fu­ture ef­fort and we need in­put from the com­mu­nity to help us with that.”

As well as hav­ing a say on im­por­tant bio­di­ver­sity val­ues, peo­ple at­tend­ing will have the op­por­tu­nity to hear lo­cal his­to­rian An­drew Swift talk about how his­toric min­ing has in­flu­enced bio­di­ver­sity.

Craig Hart will speak on the forces that de­ter­mine the path of the Ovens River and how this im­pacts on sur­round­ing veg­e­ta­tion and peo­ple can also view NECMA’s re­cent bank sta­bil­i­sa­tion work and hear about why the work was nec­es­sary.

UOVLG will pro­vide a barbecue lunch for those in at­ten­dance on June 16.

If the weather is very wet the event will be held in the Se­nior Cit­i­zens Hall in Bright with any changes to be an­nounce­ment via the UOVLG Face­book page.

The ses­sion will get un­der­way at 11am.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion please con­tact Michelle Kent on 0417 256 728.

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