Current projects

Dewing Creek Restoration Works

Dewing Creek is a tributary of the Barwon River near the town of Barwon Downs. This project was undertaken in partnership with Upper Barwon Landcare Network, Barwon Water and Corangamite CMA to improve the quality of water flowing into Geelong’s water supply. The project will be completed in early 2020 with over 30,000 plants being planted, 10 kilometers of fencing, 8 off stream water points and a total of 2.8 kilometers of waterway improved.

The Dewing Creek project will cost in total around $300,000 with the outcome of creating a healthy catchment and water supply for our region. This project is one of many in the area, helping to improve the water quality.

To learn more visit the Barwon Water website:
https://www.barwonwater.vic.gov.au/about-us/news-and-events/news/dewing-creek-restoration-project

Willow removal at Barwon River, Birregurra

Funded through the State 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.

Willows are often the target of our riparian restoration works, as they consume huge amounts of water during the summer period compared to native vegetation such as Red Gums, increasing the risk of reduced flows and threatening 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.

Angler Riparian Partnerships Program

Angler Riparian Partnerships Program allows recreational fishers to partner directly with their local Catchment Management Authority (CMA), landholders and local communities and deliver works to improve riparian land along waterways that are important to them – for fish in their favourite fishing streams. The program operates across Victoria for 4-years (from 2016/17 to 2019/20).

The Corangamite CMA has partnered with local angling groups to restore stretches of the Barwon and Curdies Rivers. Works include fencing and revegetation with the aim to increase water quality for threatened fish such yarra pygmy perch and australian grayling.

Willow removal in the Gellibrand River catchment

Charley Creek is a tributary of the Gellibrand River meeting near the township of Gellibrand in the Otway area. This project was staged across two parts, starting in 2014 with the first section of willows being removed and trees planted, see pictures below 2014 and 2019 comparison.

The second stage of this project has been successful in eradicating the final section of willows from Charley Creek Tributary, and is now recovering with native vegetation which will act as a filter for sediments and nutrient and corridor for local bird species.

These works are the latest in a long history of willow removal in this area of the Otways. These photos were taken a few hundred meters up stream of the Charley Creek Tributary confluence and are nearly 2 decades since willows were removed.