Did you know that close to half of the food that makes up the diet of our native fish comes from healthy riparian zones either through insects or from fallen leaves and fine litter? And did you also know that fallen branches or snags from local River She-oaks and Eucalypts are essential for aquatic life such as our native fish species?
The ‘Rehabilitation of the Macquarie River Riparian Corridor’ projects planting stage is on the home stretch with over 180 community and student volunteers already giving their time to plant native trees, shrubs and grasses along a 1km stretch of the Macquarie River upstream of the Sydney Road crossing. Once mature, these native trees and shrubs will provide not only important habitat for our land-based wildlife but will also improve river health that is essential for aquatic life such as native fish and macro-invertebrates. With the tally of native trees, shrubs and grasses planted now at 1300, Council is aiming to plant 1500 trees by December 2019. But your help is needed!
Why not grab the family and join us at our Fish Habitat Tree Planting Day on Sunday 10th November 2019?
Commencing at 10am at the Baillie Street Open Space (Cnr Havannah Street and Sydney Road-Kendall Ave), adults and kids alike can assist in planting native trees and shrubs and other tasks that will improve the health of the Macquarie River and its riparian corridor. Council will also have a free BBQ lunch afterwards.
All equipment is supplied, and volunteers are encouraged to wear enclosed shoes and a wide brimmed hat, as well as sturdy gloves.
For further information please contact Bill Josh on 0407 256 791 or Kristie Kearney (Environmental Programs Coordinator) on (02) 6333 6285 or email.
The Rehabilitation of the Macquarie River Riparian Corridor Project is proudly funded by the NSW Governments Environmental Trust and Bathurst Regional Council.