Action to improve river
IT IS hoped restoration and planting along the lower-Richmond River would help to improve a ‘D+” environmental rating given to the catchment in 2014.
The low health rating given to the river system and degradation of water quality in the catchment was attributed to soil loss through bank erosion, absence of native riparian vegetation, drainage issues and unmanaged stock accessing the river. Flood events such as those experienced on the North Coast in April 2017 further exacerbated this degradation.
A field day will be held at Coraki Dog Park between 9:30 am-12:30 pm on Saturday.
The restoration and planting areas at Coraki (dog park and Memorial park) and Woodburn (opening of Rocky mouth creek and North east of the village) have high public amenity value and planting of koala food trees would help provide improved habitat.
Craig Rideout, Planning Officer with Richmond Valley Council said: “In order to reverse the decline in condition of the lower Richmond from bank slumping and soil loss, land managers must recognise the importance of native vegetation for naturally protecting riverbanks.
Council will conduct ongoing maintenance of the sites.