Bird

Farmers praised for creek works

Monday 16 February, 2004
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority has praised landholders on the Broken, Boosey and Nine Mile Creeks for their efforts to protect and enhance the creek environs.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority has praised landholders on the Broken, Boosey and Nine Mile Creeks for their efforts to protect and enhance the creek environs.

In the past 12 months, 48 landholders in high priority areas adjoining the Broken Boosey State Park and Natural Features Reserves have taken up waterway and environmental grants.

The grants offered by the Goulburn Broken CMA and the Department of Primary Industries are for fencing of the creek and remnant native vegetation, revegetation with native plants and off stream watering points. The Natural Heritage Trust also provided funding through World Wide Fund for Natures’ Grassy Ecosystem Community Grants.

Goulburn Broken CMA chairman Stephen Mills, said when complete, the works will protect more than 300 hectares of remnant vegetation, including many endangered species.

To date, works have occurred on 33 properties including 35 km of fencing and the installation of 42 off stream watering points to protect more than 200 ha of endangered vegetation.

Mr Mills said Government agencies were joining forces to tackle weeds in the Broken Boosey Reserve system and farmers in high priority areas along the creeks are being offered advice on weed eradication on their properties. Another priority is the removal of barriers to native fish passage.

The Broken Boosey Reserve System was formed in 2002. It comprises more than 2000 ha of land adjoining the Broken, Boosey and Nine Mile Creeks and is home to a large number of endangered plant and animal species including the nationally endangered Small Scurf-pea, the Grey-crowned Babbler and Bush Stone—Curlew.

*Landholders interested in undertaking environmental works on their properties should call the Goulburn Broken CMA (03) 58 222288 as funding may be available.

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For more information telephone Jim Castles at the GB CMA on (03) 58 222288.