PHCC and landowners working together to protect Murray River foreshore


Landholder Cameron Kay with PHCC project officer Jordon Garbellini and fencing contractor Matt Kirkham on the Murray River foreshore.
Landholder Cameron Kay with PHCC project officer Jordon Garbellini and fencing contractor Matt Kirkham on the Murray River foreshore.

ENGAGEMENT from a new influx of landholders is aiding the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council’s (PHCC) natural resource management work to protect and improve the foreshore on the Murray River.

PHCC chairman Andy Gulliver said the uptake by landholders had exceeded expectations and enabled a better outcome for the overarching Rivers 2 Ramsar project, which aims to create linkages in the landscape to improve wildlife corridors.

“We have support from local landholders for many years and are fortunate to have additional landowners taking opportunities to work with us to enable even better outcomes along this important section of the river,” he said.

“Every landowner represents an additional link in the long chain across the landscape from our upper catchments to our Ramsar-listed wetlands.”

PHCC is leading a landscape scale riverbank erosion control program as part of its Rivers 2 Ramsar initiative that will protect 360ha of foreshore along the Murray River.

The project spans 33 land parcels and 27km of foreshore.

Landowner Cameron Kay said with the help of PHCC, he hoped to repair fences burnt in the January fires.

“We’re able to contain our stock and restrict access to the riverbanks,” he said.

“We are also able to eradicate weeds on the riverbank.

“We are also revegetating the riverbanks with native plant species.”