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
- Revegetation works
- Fencing to reduce pedestrians access in key locations.
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.
17 May 2019
Weed removal started this week commencing at Oddies Creek. 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.