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Kyffins Reserve works

Wednesday 4 December, 2013
The lake side track in Mulwala's Kyffins Reserve, and a limited area for camping, will be open to the public on December 6 in time for the Cod Classic event.

The lake side track in Mulwala's Kyffins Reserve, and a limited area for camping, will be open to the public on December 6 in time for the Cod Classic event.

The popular 55ha camping and recreation reserve by Lake Mulwala has been closed to the public since it was badly affected by a tornado on March 21 this year.

Corowa Shire Council has been working closely with NSW Rural Fire Service, Riverina Livestock Health and Pest Authority, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation to remove debris and undertake restoration works so the reserve can be reopened to the public.

The reserve has also been identified as eligible for support from the Sand Ridge Woodland Project.

This project is funded by the Australian Government's Biodiversity Fund and is a partnership between the Goulburn Broken CMA, Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation, Murray CMA and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Project works will include fencing areas off and establishing native groundcovers and understorey layers to help restore the vegetation that existed prior to the tornado and marking out distinct camping areas.

Strategic grazing will occur over summer, followed by direct seeding and seedling planting.

The Woka Wolla work team from Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation were contracted to construct the fencing, and will be assisting with weed and pest management and revegetation activities.

Aboriginal cultural sites within the reserve have also been assessed as part of the Sand Ridge Woodland Project and are in the process of being registered on the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS) to ensure ongoing protection.

Corowa Shire Council recognises and thanks all agencies involved in the restoration of the reserve and looks forward to the next stage of restoration.