Rehabilitating the Fish River

A stretch of the Fish River, adjacent to the O’Connell Bridge and Hassall Park, will be rehabilitated to create a healthier riparian corridor, and improve habitat for native fauna including the endangered Booroolong Frog.

Willows and other noxious weeds will be controlled within the riparian zone using best practice techniques. These willows will then be replaced by a range of native riparian plants including River Sheoaks (Casuarina cunninghamiana), River bottlebrush (Callistemon sieberi), Tea trees (Leptospermum myrtifolium) and Wattles (Acacia dealbata).

The longstem planting technique will be trialled and monitored for potential use in other local revegetation projects. This technique is used to establish native plants along riverbanks as the plants have greater stability in flood events, access to nutrients and water, and compete better with weeds. A community planting day will also be held in Hassall Park to assist with the tree planting.

This project has been funded by the Central Tablelands Local Land Service and the Central West Councils Environment and Waterway Alliance.

For further information please contact Council’s Recreation Section on 6333 6285.

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Photograph: Planting works along the Fish River, O’Connell.