Council has been successful in receiving funding from the NSW Environmental Trust for the project titled “Rehabilitation of the Macquarie River Riparian Corridor”. The project is to be completed over a three year period, commencing in February 2019.
The project aims to rehabilitate riparian vegetation condition along approximately 1km of the Macquarie River upstream of the Sydney Road crossing.
The project will reduce the impacts of introduced weed species through a control program. This will be achieved by targeting exotic woody and herbaceous weeds (such as Willows, Poplars, and Blackberry) that are currently competing with native species. Controlled weeds will then be replaced with a range of native riparian trees, shrubs and grasses. These works will significantly increase the extent of habitat along the river for a wide range of native fauna species, improve river health and reduce erosion. If your looking to revegetate your own section of the river, a "how to" guide has been developed for the Macquarie River in Bathurst. A copy of the guide can be found here.
You can also get involved by attending an upcoming Community Planting Evebt, visit the Community Tree Planting Events page for further details.