Working together to create healthy rivers and strong communities

Funding Source: Murray-Darling Healthy Rivers Program Small Grants (Round 1)

Timeline: October 2021 – October 2022

Funding received: $50 000


Project Description

Boggy Creek and Fifteen Mile Creek form important wildlife corridors during the summer, providing terrestrial fauna with access to water in permanent spring fed pools and habitat for shelter and breeding in shade trees along the riparian corridor. This project will control invasive woody weeds and revegetate sections of the creeks to improve the diversity and density of midstorey species, to support healthy and resilient creek systems.

The project will focus on the control of blackberry (Rubus fruticosis) and invasive willow, including seeding pussy willow (Salix cinerea) and black willow (Salix nigra), and crack willow (Salix fragilis) emerging as juveniles on gravel bars causing changes to stream morphology and bank erosion. Other woody weeds such as Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), Cape broom (Genista monspessulana), Sweet Briar (Rosa rubiginosa) and Box Elder (Acer negundo) will be controlled concurrently.

The objective of the project is to improve diversity of the riparian vegetation, through control of targeted invasive woody weed species and planting of native indigenous shrubs to improve mid storey structure.

Outcomes

The outcomes that we will achieve with this grant funding include:

  • Weed treatment – 25km of waterway, equivalent to 50ha of frontage treated (assume 10m width, both sides of waterway). Budget is 30 days of spraying
  • Revegetation – 2000 shrub splanted (plants and guards)
  • Education activities and raising community awareness/participation – 1 community workshop, assume attendance of 30 landholders.

Landholder involvement

The grant funding received for this project is not large and we are trying to maximise the onground impacts of this funding. To this end, the landholders will be required to assist and work in partnership with the Landcare group to achieve the best onground outcomes. The Committee has defined a cost share arrangement of 30:70 (landholder: grant funding) for any weed control completed by contractors on the property.

Project Area

The project area is for this grant funding is Fifteen Mile Creek (from Hume Freeway to Myrrhee) and Boggy Creek (from Moyhu to Frascas Dam) and their tributaries.

Expressions of Interest

Those interested in applying for funding for their property should fill out an Expression of Interest Form at www.tinyurl.com/GVLG2021EoI or call Sally Day on 0437 136 162 for more information.

Round one of the Expression of Interest period closes on the 22nd November 2021.

This project is supported by the Greta Valley Landcare Group through funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.