Over 500 native trees and shrubs, including bottle brush and swamp oak, were planted as a part of a community planting day. They play an important role in shoring up the riverbanks and preventing soil and other debris being washed into the river – improving the water quality.
The volunteers also removed invasive weeds from along 500 m of the riverbanks, providing the native trees space to grow and thrive. The trees overhanging the river provide an important source of food and shade for native fish, such as the Australian bass that call it home.
Over time, the project will also look to reintroduce a number of large snags to the river. These will provide fish with shade, shelter and food.