Nambucca Shire Council has received $50,000 from the States Estuary Program administered by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) for another project to improve the river environment near Stuart Island.
Matched with $50,000 from Council’s Environmental Levy fund, the grant has enabled Council to rehabilitate the river bank on Stuart Island which was displaying some significant erosion. Rock wall protection has recently been installed to address the erosion, this work will be followed with weeding and planting of appropriate native riparian tree species.
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The work has been carried out by Nambucca Valley Landcare, which has provided crucial advice for the planning and development phases of the project. An interesting stage of the project will be the installation of artificial fish habitat in the form of reef balls between the existing half tide wall and the island.
Mayor Rhonda Hoban said “We’ve had a bit of a focus on Stuart Island over the past couple of years, recognising the importance of this area to the environment, and its recreational and cultural significance.
“On the golf course side of Stuart Island, we have recently repaired significant erosion issues and will shortly be installing reef balls, which are large concrete balls to create fish habitat.”
“We’ll be recreating an estuary habitat that is aimed at increasing fish numbers without creating any hazards for boats.”
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“Working with the Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club management who operate on part of the island, we have ensured that disruption to the golfing activities on the Island have been minimised during works and the project has prevented further loss of the golf course land through erosion. As well as providing important riverbank habitat the project will contribute to reducing maintenance on the island by planting and mulching with native plants in appropriate locations”.
“This work compliments other improvements Council has been undertaking in the northern part of the island which is aiming to provide better facilities for Boating users and the general community” she said. In this regard she indicated that Council has been successful in receiving funding under the NSW Boating Now program which aims to enhance the boating experience by improving the capacity and amenity of boating infrastructure on NSW waterways. Specifically at Stuart Island, Council is working to replace the existing wharf, seal trailer parking areas, and provide upgrades to existing facilities and these works are well underway and due for completion in the next couple of months.
For more information, contact Council’s Strategic Planner, Mr Grant Nelson, on 6568 0248.
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