Council's Queen Charlotte Vale Creek Royal Rehabilitation Project has been given the green light with the NSW Government's announcement that it will be funded under the latest round of the NSW Environmental Trust Restoration & Rehabilitation Grants Program. The recently acquired land along Queen Charlotte Vale Creek in Gormans Hill, Bathurst created a unique opportunity to rehabilitate 700 metres of this important waterway.
As part of the project the creekline will be fenced with wildlife friendly fencing to exclude stock, whilst target weeds such as willows (Salix sp.) and poplars (Populus sp.) will be controlled on both sides to reduce the competition and impact that these weeds have on the creek. The project also aims to revegetate the riparian zone along the creek with native species to stabilise the creek bank, as well as to provide habitat for local wildlife including the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) and the grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus). This section of Queen Charlotte Vale Creek was identified as of high conservation value in 2010 through the Bathurst Urban Waterways Management Plan as it is approximately 1km upstream from the confluence with the Macquarie Wambul River.
You can also get involved by attending an upcoming Community Tree Planting event, visit the Community Tree Planting events page for further details.