Working on local waterways to protect the reef
Sep 05, 2014
DATE: July5, 2014
The Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) has started rolling out the second year of a five year Australian Government Reef Program to work with land managers in the Burrum River and Tinana Creek catchments. The program is designed to help improve the connectivity and condition of riparian vegetation along rivers, creeks and wetlands, including threatened species habitat.
The “Better Banks for a Better Reef- Improving Riparian Condition in the Burrum” will address a range of land management issues such as weeds, vertebrate pests (feral pigs) and property management practices to help control erosion, run-off and sedimentation in waterways. In addition to helping to conserve and protect the region’s important ecological communities, the aim is to improve the quality of water flowing into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.
“We are targeting pest species such as cat’s claw creeper and madeira vine and will be using the most up to date techniques to reduce feral pig numbers. We are also looking to assist landholders to manage stock in riparian areas and wetlands. ” said BMRG’s Biodiversity Extension Officer for the Burrum/Tinana programme, Stacey Hodge.
Some projects are currently underway in the program area and there will be funding available through the Australian Government’s Systems Repair On-ground Grants for landholders in targeted priority areas.
“Collectively these actions will support water quality and land management practice improvement in these catchments and there is ample scope for land managers and community groups to become involved.” Added Mrs Hodge.
The Australian Government Reef Programme’s objective is to improve the quality of water flowing into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon and enhance the reef’s resilience to run off and climate change threats. The work being done in the Burrum and Tinana catchments is expected to add significantly to this aim.
For more information please contact BMRG on 4181 2999