Waterway

GB CMA Support for Frontage Protection in the Fire Region

Wednesday 7 October, 2009
The Goulburn Broken CMA is offering landholders an $8 subsidy per meter for fencing along waterways burnt in the February 2009 fires. Riparian land is critically important to river health, for soil stability, sediment and nutrient capture, as well as providing food and habitat for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. River Health Team Leader for the Upper Goulburn Area, Christine Glassford, advises that "Recovery of vegetation along stream frontages following fire is even more crucial, given surface runoff is higher and faster, with greater capacity to move more soil and debris. Riparian land requires urgent protection to permit it time to recover unimpeded by impacts of stock."

The Goulburn Broken CMA is offering landholders an $8 subsidy per meter for fencing along waterways burnt in the February 2009 fires. Riparian land is critically important to river health, for soil stability, sediment and nutrient capture, as well as providing food and habitat for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. River Health Team Leader for the Upper Goulburn Area, Christine Glassford, advises that "Recovery of vegetation along stream frontages following fire is even more crucial, given surface runoff is higher and faster, with greater capacity to move more soil and debris. Riparian land requires urgent protection to permit it time to recover unimpeded by impacts of stock."

The Goulburn Broken CMA encourages landholders with properties impacted by the fire to contact the GB CMA to obtain waterway grant assistance. Installation of off-stream water and revegetation works are also subsidised components of waterway grants available to all that meet the grant criteria.

This higher level of grant subsidy support is made available through CFOC funding, which is expected to be available for a two year period, ending 30/6/2011.

Brochures providing greater detail on the grant process and eligibility can be obtained from the GB CMA from DPI and Shire Offices, or Bushfire Case Managers.

To obtain a copy or arrange a site meeting to discuss waterway grant works and/or other issues relating to waterway management, please contact staff in the Yea office on 5736 0100.

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For more information contact:

Marli Kelly on 0409 410 178