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Hooray for the Yea River, Hooray for the Funding

Wednesday 22 August, 2012
 

 

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is excited to announce that the "Hooray for the Yea" project has been successful in securing funding for 4 years thanks to support from the Victorian Government. This project will be aimed at supporting landholders and community groups to enhance the condition of the Yea River.

The Yea River is identified as a priority waterway for the Goulburn Broken CMA in the Regional River Health Strategy. The Yea River is the second largest tributary of the Upper Goulburn River and has important environmental, recreational and economic values. The Yea River is also significant as it is thought to have one of the last populations of the critically endangered fish – the Macquarie Perch. Threats to this river include decreasing water quality, siltation, presence of willows and other weeds of national significance, and the lack of a wide continuous strip of native vegetation.

Kirsten Roszak, River Health Officer at the Goulburn Broken CMA said "This is an exciting opportunity for landholders and the broader community to play an active role in enhancing the condition of this important river".

"This is very much to be a community driven project and I am looking forward to consulting and working with the community".

Activities supported through the Hooray for the Yea project may include stock exclusion fencing, off-stream watering points, planting of native vegetation, stabilization and weed control. As part of the project, we also hope to conduct a survey to measure fish populations and will be undertaking a stream walk to assess the overall condition of the river.

The Goulburn Broken CMA will hold a community forum in the coming months, date and location to be advised, and everyone is invited to come along and have input into the direction of the project. Landholders will be also contacted to organise a site visit of their section of the Yea River, but are encouraged to contact the CMA office if they would like someone to visit their property sooner.

To find out more about the Goulburn Broken CMA and its programs please visit www.gbcma.vic.gov.au or phone our Yea office on 03 5736 0100.

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