JOHN Ogburn has a great understanding of the Orara River, and for more than a month he has basically called this area home.
Working with the Orara River Care Management group, Mr Ogburn has been overseeing restoration projects at the river, an area he says is of interest because it's near the city's water supply.
"Years ago this area was ripped up basically to build Coffs Harbour and this caused the river to split in two and suffer erosion so it was time to fix it," Mr Ogburn said.
The initial damage was caused in the 1900s and Mr Ogburn said it was important to highlight the improvements taking place in recent weeks.
What goes on
"Not too many people in the community know what goes on up there near the Orara River so we felt it was time to give them an idea of what's been going on."
Through gravel construction a group of 12 have been involved with putting pin structures in the river and then covering it with rocks.
Mr Ogburn said the project has involved a lot of heavy machinery work.
But once this was completed and revegetated, it would be a great improve- ment for the environment.
So far the project had cost $80,000 and Mr Ogburn said it was now almost complete.
"The project has been paid for through the catchment management and the funding project for rivers runs for two years," he said.
"We have basically finished all the work now, and the next project will include weed control and revegeta- tion up in the Bucca area."