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Willow Removal at Barwon River, Birregurra

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Funded through the Victorian Government’s Riparian Restoration Program, this project was developed with the Corangamite CMA, Upper Barwon Landcare Network and a local landholder to remove willows, exclude stock from the waterway and establish native vegetation on the Barwon River at Birregurra.

Willows are often the target of our riparian restoration works, as they consume huge amounts of water during the summer period in comparison to native species such as red gums, and they increase the risk of reduced flows and threaten our aquatic species. These works are critical for the long term health of the river and will contribute to habitat for species such as platypus.