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Landowners can help rehabilitate the Orara River

IF you own land alongside the Orara River, you can be involved in the latest stage of the waterway's rehabilitation.

The Orara River Rehabilitation Project was established in 2003 to restore the natural structure of the river, remove weeds and encourage native revegetation, reduce erosion and improve the waterway's overall health and water quality.

“This is now the fifth year of this very successful program and much has already been achieved,” Orara River rehabilitation project officer, Sandy Eager, said.

“Removal of the camphor laurels is particularly important as they tend to progressively dominate whole environments to the detriment of native vegetation, which means there's less habitat for native species.

“The project aims to have stretches of the river meeting target conditions, which include the exclusion or management of the impacts of stock, control of weeds, regeneration of native vegetation and addressing water channel degradation and artificial barriers that prevent the movement of fish.

“It's particularly important at this stage that we take the opportunity to link in with existing work to improve the conditions of the riverbank and water quality and to start work along new reaches of the river and its tributaries.”

For more details, contact Sandy Eager on Mondays or Tuesdays on 6648 4668, or 0429 680465.



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