17 March 2017
From March 2017 until December 2017, a large portion of the Sunday Creek frontage will be cleared of woody weeds including Blackberry and Hawthorn.
The Broadford Land Management Group has secured $10,000 from the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s Regional Riparian Action Plan Waterways of Community Priority grants program to complete the project.
In partnership with Mitchell Shire Council and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the project will see weeds removed along approximately 550m of Sunday Creek frontage from Whiteman’s Reserve (opposite Broadford Golf Club) to the train lines.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said extensive native tree planting would follow the weed removal later this year.
“Clearing out this area of noxious weeds such as Blackberry and Hawthorn is important for our environment and the health of the Sunday Creek and its surrounds,” Cr Sanderson said.
“Revegetation of 200 native species at the project site will happen in July to tie in with National Tree Day activities across Mitchell Shire.
“The Whiteman’s Reserve site was chosen to continue active environmental management of the area that has been achieved over many years by the BEAM Mitchell Environment Group, Broadford Land Management Group and Mitchell Shire Council.”
Broadford Land Management Group Vice President Louise Falls said they were excited at the opportunity to continue working on weed control along Sunday Creek.
“This work will also help to highlight Whiteman's Reserve as a beautiful and welcoming nature reserve for the community,” Ms Falls said.
BEAM began working along Sunday Creek near Chloe Court in the early 1990s with a major effort to control weeds, especially Blackberries.
The first plantings by BEAM at Whiteman’s Reserve occurred in May 1990.
The Reserve is part Council-owned and part Crown Land.