Orara Valley Rivercare project officer John Ogburn at the causeway near Karangi which will be opened up. Photo: BRUCE THOMAS 0
Orara Valley Rivercare project officer John Ogburn at the causeway near Karangi which will be opened up. Photo: BRUCE THOMAS 0

Fishway at Karangi



FISH in the Orara River, and the anglers hoping to catch them, will be pleased to hear the Orara Valley Rivercare Group is being given nearly $30,000.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) funding will go towards the construction of a fishway, which will open an extra 20 kilometres of the Orara River near Karangi, an area that is currently unpassable to fish.

"A section of the causeway will be cut out and a rock ramp will be added," Orara Valley Rivercare project officer John Ogburn said.

"This will allow fish to migrate upstream, and hopefully will increase fish stocks in the river."

Mr Ogburn said the project would be particularly beneficial for long-finned eel, striped mullet and the threatened eastern freshwater cod.

"It will also benefit recreational fishermen, with an increase in target species upstream," he said.

The funding is being provided as part of the NSW Government's Habitat Grant program, which DPI aquatic habitat rehabilitation manager Cameron Lay says is a good example of how recreational anglers' licence fees are invested to support the improvement of fish habitats.

"Rehabilitation of fish habitat will provide long-term sustainable benefits for native fish stocks, which will provide a substantial ongoing benefit for anglers for many years to come," Mr Lay said.

As well as the $27,500 provided by DPI, Coffs Harbour City Council will contribute up to $50,000, the NSW Department of Fisher- ies $45,000, and the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority $45,000.

The Orara Valley Rivercare Group will provide inkind support through weed control and revegetation.

The DPI funding is part of $360,000 which has been made available for 22 freshwater and saltwater fish rehabilitation projects throughout the state, with more than double that committed in money and in kind support from the successful applicants.

Other projects to receive funding include Molong Creek in the Macquarie catchment, Brunswick River in Mullumbimby, and Little Broadwater wetland in the Clarence catchment.



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