Funds for wa­ter­way fenc­ing

Shepparton News - Country News - - WATER -

In­creased fi­nan­cial sup­port is avail­able for land­hold­ers along Hughes Creek and Seven Creeks to help con­trol stream-side stock graz­ing.

The creeks con­tain im­por­tant pop­u­la­tions of na­tion­ally threat­ened Mac­quarie perch and Seven Creeks also con­tains a self­sus­tain­ing pop­u­la­tion of trout cod in a sec­tion be­tween Polly McQuinn’s Reser­voir and Galls Gap Rd.

‘‘We have in­creased fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for fenc­ing on these wa­ter­ways to make it eas­ier for land­hold­ers to do the work re­quired to man­age stream­side frontages on their prop­er­ties to im­prove na­tive fish habi­tat and wa­ter qual­ity,’’ Goul­burn Bro­ken Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity ri­par­ian and river chan­nel man­ager Jim Cas­tles said.

‘‘We can also dis­cuss op­tions for an al­ter­na­tive wa­ter source for stock to make it eas­ier for land­hold­ers on these wa­ter­ways to man­age their prop­er­ties.

‘‘We un­der­stand that ac­cess to wa­ter for stock is im­por­tant, and we are keen to dis­cuss op­tions with land­hold­ers to guar­an­tee a re­li­able source of wa­ter.

‘‘A se­cure wa­ter sup­ply is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant as we face what is shap­ing up to be a dry year.

‘‘It is also im­por­tant that we work with land­hold­ers to pro­tect these im­por­tant na­tive fish pop­u­la­tions to give them ev­ery chance of sur­viv­ing in these creeks.’’

The Goul­burn Bro­ken CMA has been work­ing with lo­cal land­hold­ers, com­mu­nity and fish­ing groups along the Seven and Hughes creeks for many years to im­prove and pro­tect stream-side and in­stream

Grants are avail­able to land­hold­ers to pro­vide wa­ter­ing points along Hughes Creek and Sev­ens Creeks. habi­tat for na­tive fish.

‘‘Hughes and Seven creeks are un­reg­u­lated streams and have both ex­pe­ri­enced low or no flows in parts over re­cent years, which puts mas­sive pres­sure on the na­tive fish pop­u­la­tions they con­tain.

‘‘We re­ally need to in­crease work on these wa­ter­ways to pro­tect na­tive fish, and the sup­port of ad­join­ing land­hold­ers is ab­so­lutely crit­i­cal in achiev­ing this.’’ ■ If you have a prop­erty ad­join­ing Seven Creeks or Hughes Creek, and you would like a no-obli­ga­tion visit from a Goul­burn Bro­ken CMA river health of­fi­cer to dis­cuss the man­age­ment of these wa­ter­ways, please call Goul­burn Bro­ken CMA on 5822 7700.

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