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Waterway Grants

Thursday 22 December, 2005
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority has launched a waterway grants scheme targeting Landholders who live along the Broken River.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority has launched a waterway grants scheme targeting Landholders who live along the Broken River.

Cash grants are available to people who live along the Broken River who are willing to take on regeneration projects in their own backyard.

Regeneration projects could include fencing, re-vegetation or creating off-stream watering points for stock.

The purpose of the grants scheme is to improve the water quality and health of the Broken River.

Another aim is to improve stream stability protecting productive land and reducing sediment input. The aim is also to improve streamside vegetation while creating a better quality habitat to restore the food chain.

Projects are undertaken between the GBCMA and the Landholder. The extent of the GBCMA’s input depends on the scale of the project and the environmental benefits it may provide.

The process begins with an inspection between the Landholder and a Waterways Vegetation Officer.

The Broken River flows through Swanpool and Benalla before joining the Goulburn River in Shepparton. It provides water for irrigation, industry, stock and human consumption.

Over the past 150 years, the health of the Broken River has suffered through vegetation clearing and the impacts of an increasing population.

As a result, water quality has been degraded, frontage vegetation damaged, barriers have been created affecting fish migration patterns, exotic vegetation has grown and flows have been altered.

To find out more about the grants scheme or advice on river health, contact a vegetation officer in your area – Shepparton 5820 1100 or Benalla 5761 1611

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