The ‘Queen Charlotte Vale Creek Royal Rehabilitation Treatment Project’ is in full swing with the installation of over 900m of wildlife friendly rural fencing along the South Bathurst and Gormans Hill sides of Queen Charlotte Vale Creek, significant weed control works targeting invasive riparian species such as Willow, Blackberry, Poplar and African Boxthorn, and the planting of native riparian species by community volunteers.
The environmental rehabilitation project, which commenced in March 2020, aims to establish native riparian vegetation along 700m of Queen Charlotte Vale Creek by undertaking woody and herbaceous weed control, the installation of wildlife friendly rural fencing, and the planting of 4000 locally occurring native trees, shrubs and grasses.
The first stage of the project has seen the installation of over 900m of wildlife friendly rural fencing along the South Bathurst and Gorman Hill sides of Queen Charlotte Vale Creek. The fencing will play an important role in reducing the impacts of grazing livestock on riparian vegetation condition, aquatic habitat, and creek bank stability. The use of wildlife friendly rural fencing will also allow for local wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, bats and owls to be able to move through the site safely without being entangled in barbed wire which can often lead to injury or sadly death.
Throughout Summer, extensive woody weed control works were undertaken along the creek with a focus on invasive riparian species including Willow, Blackberry, Poplar and African Boxthorn.
Due to the sensitive nature of the site and its location 1km upstream from the junction with the Macquarie Wambuul River, best practice methods for weed control along waterways has been used with cut stump application and stem injection methods being applied to woody weeds, and mature poplars being retained until such time that the revegetation has matured ensuring creek bank stability and temporary habitat for native wildlife that do currently utilise the site in particular native bird species.
The eve of Autumn equinox saw the start of Community and Schools Planting Days for the project, coinciding with cooler conditions and good rainfall experienced across the Bathurst region. Adults and kids alike have been helping to plant native trees, shrubs and grasses along the banks of Queen Charlotte Vale Creek. Once mature this native riparian (waterway) vegetation will provide important habitat for local wildlife increasing biodiversity and improve the health of this very important waterway.
You can get involved by attending an upcoming Community Tree Planting event, visit the Community Tree Planting events page for further details.
To learn more about the project download the Queen Charlotte Vale Creek Royal Rehabilitation Treatment Project Factsheet here.
The Queen Charlotte Vale Creek Royal Rehabilitation Treatment Project is proudly supported by the NSW Government's Environmental Trust and Bathurst Regional Council.