Clearwater Reserve project gets its final NECMA inspection
By TATE SPITERI
REPRESENTATIVES from the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) were at Myrtleford’s Clearwater Reserve on Friday for the final inspection of a Landcare project on the Ovens River.
The Myrtleford and District Landcare and Society Group (MDLSG) have worked on the reserve with the backing of NECMA since May 7, 2016.
“Our vision on this project is to enhance the entrance to Myrtleford on the Great Alpine Road, to provide access to a natural resource for the enjoyment of the community and to improve the biodiversity of the area for future generations,” MDLSG secretary Glenda Janas said.
The group received a grant from NECMA for revegetation over two stages and two years that included the planting of 1100 indigenous tube stock.
The weed control of Willows, Privet, Box Elder, Hawthorn, Prunus, Blackberry, Kikuyu, Caper spurge and Tradescantia was also included in the funding.
Thanks to the control a clear pathway to the river that was once inundated with privet, blackberry, household waste and other noxious weeds has already been created while five nest boxes have also been installed from the grants.
The nest boxes that will attract squirrel gliders and native birds were put in place at a working bee on June 11 with each marked by GPS coordinates to ensure they are able to be located and monitored in future.
The MDLSG in the second stage of the project have also been able to replant the top area of the banks and target willows by ringbarking larger trees, removing saplings and manually applying herbicide.
Five hundred trees including Redgum, Yellow Box and Ovens Wattle have also been planted along with 100 various shrubs.
Ms Janas said the volunteer support on the project as well as many others had been wonderful.
“We have been helped quite regularly by people in the community and the Scouts and Venturers as well,” she said.
“We really encourage families and young people to come along because it’s a form of education we can give them.”
Alpine Shire Council and Beechworth Landmates were also thanked for their contribution to the project.