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Landholders and river health reap rewards from river frontage work
« on: September 15, 2013, 07:42:17 PM »
Landholders and river health reap rewards from river frontage work
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 - Victoria Water

An evaluation on river frontage protection and improvement work in Victoria shows landholders believed waterway health had improved since the work, and they would recommend other landholders get involved.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) assists catchment management authorities so they can work with landholders to improve the condition of river frontages, or riparian land, through weed and pest animal management, revegetation and limiting stock access to the river bank through fencing and providing off-stream watering sites.

DSE Senior Policy Officer Peter Vollebergh said the evaluation is important to get a picture of how successful the work has been and get feedback from the landholders involved.

“River frontages are a very important part of the river’s ecology, but they also provide vital watering points to many landholders. The best way to make sure there is a balance between river health and water for stock is by working together,” Mr Vollebergh said.


“Some great work has been done with landholders to fence off river frontages, provide alternative water sources for stock, plant native vegetation and control weeds. Each year hundreds of kilometres of stream are fenced in partnerships between catchment management authorities and landholders.”

“The evaluation showed prior to works, survey respondents reported that stock had access to 86 per cent of works sites and after works, stock had access to only 15 per cent of sites.”

“74 per cent of landholders indicated they considered the condition of the waterway had improved as a result of the riparian works”.

Other key findings include:

Prior to works, respondents reported that 33 per cent of sites did not have any native tree or shrub cover. After the works all sites were found to have some cover of native trees and/or shrubs
76 per cent of landholders indicated there had been no loss of productivity across the property as a result of the river frontage works
The works have been maintained - where fencing was erected, the fencing was still preventing stock access to sites at 86 per cent of the sites
Landholders had been involved in long term management at 93 per cent of sites
“The majority of landholders indicated they would strongly recommend to other landholders doing river frontage protection works. They also indicated added benefits for example, they are losing less stock in the waterway,” Mr Vollebergh said.

“Overall the Riparian works evaluation project shows in general riparian works undertaken have been successful and are being maintained.”

The evaluation was commissioned by DSE and undertaken by the Department of Primary Industries during 2010/11 to evaluate a sample of frontage sites where on ground work had been completed.  To view the report, see Riparian (riverbank) Management.


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Re: Landholders and river health reap rewards from river frontage work
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2013, 06:48:05 PM »
Meanwhile in Queensland...............

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Re: Landholders and river health reap rewards from river frontage work
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2013, 06:59:39 PM »
You saw what they're doing at Bundalong, it's something Queenland should look at.  My nephew worked for DSE for the last few years directly involved in the project.  It was a good grounding for a young bloke who has now just finished Uni.

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Re: Landholders and river health reap rewards from river frontage work
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2013, 07:14:13 PM »
The only time Queensland will start fencing off rivers is when the river is stuffed and is a danger to livestock.

This may not be too far in the future, the CSG industry is already causing problems on the Condamine. Some industry specialists have the figure of 1 in 20 wells leak on completion of install, and up to 60% leak within 10-15 years.

Read this from the ABC and the mind will boggle on the scale of what is to come.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/specials/coal-seam-gas-by-the-numbers/


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Re: Landholders and river health reap rewards from river frontage work
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2013, 07:59:13 PM »
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-24/chinchilla-condamine-water-quality-report/3677838

Some further reading for those interested.

By now you may have guessed I'm not fan of CSG. Sorry for going off topic.

 

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