Environmental Streambank Works
There is approximately 940 metres of river streambank between Union Bridge and the Noreuil Park Mooring point. A large portion of the streambank has environmental weeds with some riparian vegetation. The project involves improving the vegetation along four 100 metre sections of the Murray River streambank. Works to be undertaken include:
- Removal of the weed (complete)
- Rock and log revetment work
- Fencing to reduce pedestrians access in key locations (scheduled September 2019)
- Revegetation works (scheduled winter 2020) .
The streambank between Union Bridge and Oddies Creek (see below) includes the first three sections while the last section is yet to be determined.
What is happening and when?
The streambank rehabilitation works will include the removal of a number of woody weed species and the stabilisation of the streambank using a variety of rock and log treatments. The native trees such as river red gums will be retained and protected. Works are scheduled to start in May or June when the river levels are low, however the rock and log material required for the project will be stockpiled on site from April. Following a weed control program, the area will be revegetated with native riparian (river) species.
Example of log revetment work (before and after) prior to re-vegetating
Why are these works important?
The area has a large population of willows, desert ash, elms and privet. These are considered weeds and there are strong environmental reasons for their removal. Willows in particular pose a serious threat to our waterways.
Replacing non-native vegetation with indigenous plants will help to:
- improve the health of the river environment
- improve the visual amenity of the river
- foster biodiversity
- create better habitat for platypus, fish, frogs, insects, birds and other wildlife.
Example of log and rock revetment work prior to re-vegetating
How will these works affect me?
The works along Oddies Creek will impact access to the walking path at times with diversions in place while works are undertaken. Some parts of the off-leash area will also be fenced off to prevent access at times. An area of the Oddies Creek car park will be closed while materials are brought onto the site in large trucks.
For your safety, please follow the signage and directions of staff and contractors. Thank you in advance for your patience as we work to make our foreshore an even better place to visit.
20 September 2019
Fencing has been installed to direct pedestrians to designated areas of the streambank.
28 June 2019
Jute mat has been installed in some of the key areas along the streambank. The area has also been spray seeded (green colour) which, when established, will assist with minimising erosion.
14 June 2019
Rock and log revetment works was completed this week. Log "pins" were installed to stabilise the large logs. The streambank shaping is also complete with jute matting and spray seeding scheduled for the next few weeks.
7 June 2019
Rock and log revetment works has commenced this week with a a large number of large logs placed and rocks installed. Log pinning is scheduled to commence next week.
31 May 2019
Weed removed works have been completed this week in readiness for the log and rock revetment work.
24 May 2019
Weed removal commenced this week with the first section being cleared adjacent to Oddies Creek junction. Weeds have been mulched and stockpiled. Large logs have been transported to site and will be placed along the river streambank to assist in minimising erosion.
17 May 2019
Temporary fencing has been erected ready for commencement of works next week.