Murray banks on Green Army help


Green Army team members are helping landholders repair Murray River banks.
Green Army team members are helping landholders repair Murray River banks.

PARTNERSHIPS between Green Army teams, the Shire of Murray, Department of Lands, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) and local landholders are helping restore the banks of the Murray River.

PHCC chairman Andy Gulliver said the organisation’s engagement of private landholders and support from the Department of Lands to work on Crown land along the river was the key to restoring the riverbanks.

“The Green Army is working on riparian zones identified for priority actions under the Mid-Murray River Action Plan, prepared by the PHCC,’’ he said.

“We have been able to gain access with the Department of Lands and private owners to these hard-to-reach riverbanks, which is essential to improving the health of the river and create corridors for wildlife.’’

Crown land makes up the majority of the Murray River’s foreshore buffer zone and most of it is affected by weeds, which impact on nearby private and public landholdings.

PHCC is using contractors and Green Army teams.