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Hollands Creek to benefit from further funding

Thursday 19 April, 2012
The local Tatong Community and Hollands Creek will benefit from the recent announcement of further funding to continue works to protect the endangered Macquarie perch and enhance stream health.

The local Tatong Community and Hollands Creek will benefit from the recent announcement of further funding to continue works to protect the endangered Macquarie perch and enhance stream health.

Wayne Tennant, Manager Strategic River Health at the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) explains "The funding, from the Murray Darling Basins Demonstration Reach Initiative will compliment funds already provided to the Goulburn Broken CMA through the Victorian Government's Healthy Waterways Initiative."

"The Goulburn Broken CMA will utilise the funds to continue the work along Hollands Creek to enhance its condition to protect a remnant population of Macquarie perch which exists within the upper and mid reaches" said Mr Tennant.

"This funding builds on the success of previous work and actions being undertaken by the community, which resulted in significant on-ground works along Hollands Creek. It recognises the achievements of the community over the past three years."

"The high priority status and major asset of the Hollands Creek Demonstration Reach is the presence of the endangered Macquarie perch (Macquaria australasica). These dark-grey or bluish–grey fish have a rounded tail, large, white eyes, and prominent pores on the snout and are restricted to only a few remaining stream reaches within the catchment.

The program, which has been in place for over three years, has seen a range of work being implemented, including fencing, revegetation, pest plant control, habitat creation, monitoring and community activities.

Anyone wishing to become involved are requested to contact the Goulburn Broken CMA on 03 5820 1100. To find out more please visit Holland's Creek Demonstration Reach

Photograph of a Macquarie perch.  Source:  MDBA, Photo:  Gunther Schmida
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