River re­vamp al­most com­plete as pic­nics be­gin

Alpine Observer - - News -

BY ALEX CRAIG

TWO years ago Steve Gar­diner of the Mt Beauty Car­a­van Park no­ticed that fam­i­lies were hav­ing prob­lems gain­ing ac­cess to the river by Em­bank­ment Drive, near the en­try to the Peb­ble Beach walk­ing track, op­po­site the Park.

“The area was very over­grown with black­ber­ries and other weeds, and the ground was rut­ted so they had trou­ble get­ting push­ers over the ground,” he said.

Mr Gar­diner de­cided to clean up the river­bank a lit­tle and this started a di­a­logue with var­i­ous lo­cal author­i­ties which re­sulted in the es­tab­lish­ment of a new pic­nic area by the Kiewa River.

After a meet­ing in­volv­ing Mr Gar­diner, the Up­per Kiewa Val­ley Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion ( UKVCA), the Alpine Shire, the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning ( DELWP) and the North East Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity ( NECMA), the Alpine Shire has agreed to man­age the river­front area from Peb­ble Beach to the beach op­po­site the car­a­van park.

“With the help of the Alpine Shire, I am now be­ing en­cour­aged to not only go in and re­move weeds, but to leave the na­tives and plant more na­tives next year,” Mr Gar­diner said.

“There has been in­put from com­mu­nity mem­bers, es­pe­cially lo­cal builder Mike Smith who sup­plied equip­ment and ex­per­tise in re­mov­ing black­ber­ries.

“VicForests gave us $2000 to help with beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the area, and the UKVCA and the lo­cal Cham­ber of Com­merce have sup­plied funds for some pic­nic ta­bles.”

The UVCA has also vol­un­teered to look after the fi­nances.

“The ta­bles and benches were sup­plied very promptly by Don Shields of Pore­punkah, and are ex­pected to be prop­erly in­stalled this week, and we hope that the lo­cal scouts and the pri­mary and se­condary schools will help with the new plant­ings when the time comes,” Mr Gar­diner added.

“Hope­fully ev­ery­thing will be in place within a week or so, and ready to be used by lo­cals and vis­i­tors over the com­ing hol­i­days.”

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