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Winding up the Willows
« on: February 01, 2015, 08:22:14 PM »
Winding up the Willows

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Rehabilitation work on one of Kyneton’s most popular recreation areas will step up a gear in February.

The North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) will begin removing the few remaining willows from the town-side of Kyneton’s Campaspe River Walk, between Mollison and Piper streets, on February 2. 

The removal is the latest stage in the North Central CMA’s Caring for the Campaspe project funded by the Victorian Government and will complete rehabilitation works volunteers have done in the area over the past 20 years. 

North Central CMA’s Angela Gladman said the removal work would take 11 days. 

“Late last year our contractors made cuts in the willows and painted them with a frog-friendly herbicide, specifically chosen for works along waterways,” Angela said. 

“They will now return to remove the trees, turning them into mulch to be used by the local volunteers when they replant the area with natives in spring.” 

Locals will have a chance to find out more about the project over two coming Saturdays. 

“I will be on site from 9am to 10.30am on January 31 and February 7 to answer any questions local residents have about the works being undertaken,” Angela said. 

“We are excited to be invited to help the Campaspe River and Land Management group volunteers on this project, and can’t wait to see the end results later in the year. 

“A big thankyou and well done to them, and to the Macedon Ranges Shire Council for their support.”     

Willow trees are not native to Australia.

They were introduced as a land-management tool in the early 1900s to control erosion along rivers and streams. 

However, it is now widely accepted that willows have a largely negative impact on Australian waterways by diverting flows (exacerbating erosion and flooding), utilising high volumes of water compared to native trees and reducing the natural aquatic and riverside habitat values, including that of the platypus. 

As a result all willows (except for Weeping and Pussy willows) are recognised by the Australian Weeds Committee as a Weed of National Significance and there is an expectation that natural resource managers around Australia, such as catchment management authorities, will undertake local planning and control activities to manage willow populations at a local scale.Sorry, only registered users can see this content. Please Login or Register.

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