Ac­tion to im­prove river

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

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.

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