Ovens River Restoration Works kick off after Easter

8 April 2014

WILLOWS and other woody weeds will be removed from the banks of the Ovens River at Riverside Park, Porepunkah, later this month.

Alpine Shire Council, in partnership with North East Catchment Management Authority, is undertaking the works as part of the Ovens River Restoration Project.

Environment Officer, Cameron Alexander, said the works would improve the health of the waterway and ultimately create a more attractive space for river users.

“Council recognise that the Ovens River and the riverside park are important to the community and to attract visitors,” he said.

“The willows on the southern bank have started to collapse into the water and are having a negative impact on the health of the river.

“They are also impacting on the recreational use of the waterway.

“Willows are identified as a Weed of National Significance and can quickly dominate the river bank if left unmanaged.

“The works are anticipated to take 3-4 days to complete, weather permitting, with revegetation works to follow.”

River restoration works will also take place along the Ovens River in Bright with some willows being removed between Canyon Lane and Federation Swing Bridge.

For more information contact Council’s Environment Officer Cameron Alexander on (03) 5755 0532.

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