Fore­shore is look­ing ‘bet­ter’

Southern Riverina news - - News -

The Tocumwal fore­shore ‘facelift’ got un­der­way last week with fan­tas­tic re­sults.

Un­der the Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil Tree Man­age­ment Plan 13 un­sta­ble trees were re­moved from the fore­shore area and the re­main­der were trimmed to re­duce the risk of fall­ing branches.

Un­der the plan a sec­ond boat ramp will be in­stalled in the new year to­gether with re­gen­er­a­tion work on the en­tire area and at­tached walk­ing tracks.

Ber­ri­gan Shire gener- al man­ager Rowan Perkins said a large sec­tion of the fore­shore had been fenced off since a gum tree fell in Septem­ber 2010 and the root sys­tem of a num­ber of re­main­ing trees had rot­ted, giv­ing them a life ex­pectancy of less than five years and were at se­ri­ous risk of fall­ing.

The Tocumwal Fore­shore Com­mit­tee of Man­age­ment as­sisted in the plan­ning of the pro- ject which has sig­nif­i­cantly changed the face of the Fore­shore - just in time for the busy sum­mer sea­son.

The dead and dy­ing trees have been re­moved and work will be­gin in the new year on re­gen­er­at­ing the grass and flora around the boat ramps.

‘‘Al­ready it looks much bet­ter,’’ Mr Perkins said.

‘‘The re­sults speak for them­selves, there is a lot more space and most im­por­tantly it is sig­nif­i­cantly safer for use by the gen­eral pub­lic.’’

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