JULY 2 2021 | Farmers Make Room For Fish
Volunteers from the Australia’s fishing conservation charity, OzFish Unlimited, have teamed up with landowners, Tweed Landcare and Tweed Shire Council to plant two thousand native trees for native fish along the banks of Johansen Creek, south of Murwillumbah. In assisting the landholders, OzFish volunteers planted 600 native trees and shrubs along the banks of the creek located on Woodland Valley Farm. The native plantings will protect the bank from future erosion, filter runoff following heavy rain, regulate water temperature by providing shade and create a source of food for the native fish populations through attracting insects to the water’s edge. Originally a dairy farm that had experienced depleted and compacted soils, the owners Fabian and Jodie always wanted to see the farm return to a more sustainable and healthy state. The vegetation between land and river, commonly termed as the riparian zone, is vital to the health of our waterways. By relocating the cattle, we can allow the riparian zones to work their magic and do what they do best – create excellent fish habitat and protect our waterways.