Protecting Rivers - Lorne (2023)

Protecting the Camden Haven River by widening the bushland riparian corridor and creating an impressive wildlife corridor!

Local Lorne landholders Tom Ferrier and Jane McIntyre are protecting the Camden Haven River by widening the bushland riparian corridor and creating an impressive wildlife corridor! The project involved simply moving the fence running along the river out by another 15m. Restricting stock from accessing the area will allow native seed from the adjacent bush to germinate, in time creating a much wider buffer. There is already natural regeneration occurring. The existing bush is very good quality and has been maintained via weed management for decades. This project will ensure a resilient riverbank, ensure water entering the river is high quality and widen an already very biodiverse site.

This is one of 29 biodiversity projects that aim to enhance biodiversity and improve water quality around farm dams, wetlands, rivers and rainforest. This project is jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments under the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund.

Fenceline pulled out to widen buffer zone. Regeneration of bush is already occurring post removal of stock.

Benefits of Excluding Stock from Waterways

Better Stock Management – Using a well-designed off-stream watering (trough) system and fencing infrastructure, stock is move easily moved, there are fewer stock losses on unstable banks or boggy, waterlogged soil. On off-stream watering system goes hand in hand with a rotational grazing system to effectively manage pastures.  Stock have easy access to cleaner, cooler trough water. Riparian vegetation stabilises topsoil and restricting stock prevents soil being dislodged and trampled. Riparian vegetation provides shade and shelter for stock. All these benefits improve overall farm productivity.

Higher Biodiversity – Native vegetation around rivers, channels, streams, dams and wetlands provide homes for a vast array of wildlife. From insects and frogs, right through to sea eagles, owls and platypus. Higher biodiversity equals healthier more resilient landscape and farm (or property).

Reduce Erosion- Native vegetation amours the bank of a river, edge of a dam or head of a gully. The mid-section and toe of a riverbank are vulnerable during flooding. However, a combination of deep-rooted trees, mid-storey shrubs and a dense groundcover of native species help to keep the soil together during high flow.

Cleaner Water- Native vegetation acts as a filter, reducing nutrient and sediment runoff entering our waterways.  Removing stock from waterway prevents tracks and pugging along the waters edge that leads to erosion and soil runoff into our waterways. Fencing also prevents faeces entering our waterway.   

Cooler Water – Native vegetation armouring our waterways reduces evaporation and promotes higher moisture levels in the soil.  Over hanging trees, sedges, lilies and grasses shade water. This reduces evaporation and cools water. This fresh, clean water can be used as stock water with an off-stream watering setup

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