Riparian fencing to boost bottom line

February 09, 2018

FENCE THE RIVER: The North Central Catchment Management Authority believes farmers who fence off creeks and rivers could increase their land value. PHOTO: submitted

ALMOST 70 landholders have realised the benefits of fencing the Campaspe River since 2012, resulting in 53km of river fencing.

But the North Central Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is encouraging more farmers to continue the trend.

Funding is available to help with fencing, offstream watering for their stock, weed control and revegetation.

CMA project manager Angela Gladman said fencing off creeks and rivers had benefits for more efficient farm management and could increase land value.

‘‘Reducing the impact of grazing stock on riverbanks is the key to river recovery,’’ she said.

‘‘The Caring for the Campaspe project is keen to work with landholders to negotiate fencing styles, alignments and offstream watering options to ensure that the fencing enables better stock management and is resilient to the impacts of flooding.’’

The project is one of 10 flagship waterway projects across the state. It is funded under the Victorian Government’s record $222 million investment in waterways and catchments.

Ms Gladman said fencing allowed river bank vegetation to regenerate naturally.

She said it was a cost effective way to improve the river habitat for birds, fish and animals including platypuses and water rats.

“Poo from cows and sheep brings with it a lot of harmful nutrients and pathogens, which impacts on human health, water quality and affects downstream water users,” she said.

To get involved in the Caring for the Campaspe project, phone Ms Gladman on 54401825 or email [email protected]

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