Local community groups have banded together to restore Tenterfield Creek with the project set to commence over the next few months.
It will cover 3km of Tenterfield Creek and surrounding park land from Manners Street bridge to Naas Street, with bank stabilisation, revegetation, weed control and prevention of excess sedimentation to be being carried out.
The project is a partnership between Tenterfield Council and OzFish Unlimited, The Bird Watching Institute and Moombahlene Local Aboriginal Land Council.
OzFish Unlimited, that works with community groups to make local fishing grounds healthy, vibrant and more productive, is inviting Tenterfield locals to get involved.
OzFish Director of Habitat, Cassie Price said this would achieve even more. “Now that we have Council onboard and behind this project, it is just as important to get the manpower behind it also,” she said.
“We’re calling on locals to become a member of their local OzFish Tenterfield Chapter and get involved in clean up and planting days. They are great ways to get your hands dirty and give back to your local community”.
Tenterfield Creek has been in dire need of rehabilitation for some time. Locals have reported sections of banks eroding, an increase of weeds and reduced sightings of platypus, native fish and birds.
Ms Price said “This project will improve water quality and restore fish habitat and that means better fishing for Tenterfield locals. It will also benefit the whole community through improvement of activities such as bird watching, nature walking and even canoeing.”
OzFish Unlimited is a not-for-profit charity to improve the health of their rivers, lakes and estuaries and shore up the future of fishing across Australia.