Big plans for Little River weed control

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is working with the Taggerty Community Progress Group (TCPG) and Taggerty community to tackle blackberry and honeysuckle along the Little River.

Goulburn Broken CMA River Health Officer Sue Kosch said the first stage of work would involve creating tracks to provide access for spraying contactors along the northern side of the river from the highway bridge to the area upstream of the new suspension bridge. 

“Spraying should be completed in February,” Ms Kosch said.  “The TCPG has been successful in receiving funding from the Marysville and Triangle Community Foundation to mulch down the larger areas of dead weeds, which will happen in autumn.  This will be followed by a community planting day to revegetate the area with native species such as blackwood and Victorian Christmas bush.”

Ms Kosch said blackberry and honeysuckle grew vigorously and infested large areas quickly.

“If we can control the honeysuckle and blackberry and allow the native vegetation to grow back it will improve the condition of the river banks and provide valuable shelter and food for native animals and fish including platypus,” she said.

The weed control work will complement the walking track and landscaping activities undertaken within the Little River Reserve by Murrindindi Shire Council, with State Government bushfire recovery funding, and with the assistance and support of the Taggerty community.  

TCPG Project Manager Richard Evans welcomed the additional weed control. 

“The weed control works and planting will complete the beautification of the Little River Reserve, which has become a real asset for our town and one that the community is very proud of,” Mr Evans said. 

The project is funded through the Victorian Government’s Securing Priority Waterways (On Ground Works Program).

For more information about the project, contact Sue Kosch on 5797 4400.