Improve your waterway health

Presenter of the River Restoration Workshop, wetland ecologist Damien Cook, is pictured beside the Campaspe River at Degraves Mill, Carlsruhe. Photo: Sandy Scheltema

Presenter of the River Restoration Workshop, wetland ecologist Damien Cook, is pictured beside the Campaspe River at Degraves Mill, Carlsruhe. Photo: Sandy Scheltema

Do you have a river, creek or wetland on your property?

If you are interested in learning how to improve its health why not come along to the River Restoration workshop at Carlsruhe on Sunday, March 18.

The Upper Campaspe Landcare Network is running the free workshop which will help landowners gain the tools and understanding to improve riparian areas on their properties.

Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes from Rakali Ecological Consulting (who between them have more than 40 years' experience in restoring wetlands) will be presenting and sharing their wealth of knowledge on the subject.

Angela Gladman, Caring for the Campaspe project manager for the North Central CMA, will also be present to discuss techniques and strategies for improving waterway health.

Ms Gladman has 17 years' experience in managing river health projects with the NCMA. She is currently managing the $3 million Caring For Campaspe Project which covers the entire 250km length of the Campaspe River.

The project is part of the Victorian Government's $222m investment over four years to improve the health of waterways and catchments.

The theoretical component of the workshop and lunch will be held in the beautiful historic bluestone Degraves Mill, and participants will walk a 2km stretch of the Campaspe River on the property to discuss the successful regeneration techniques that have been employed.

Participants will also learn about river ecology and what drives it, and get the knowledge and tools to understand restoration and regeneration techniques.

"People will come away from this workshop with practical guidelines on how to protect and restore riparian areas," Mr Cook said.

"They will learn the principles of river ecology and river restoration.

"Riparian areas and floodplain habitats are hot spots of biodiversity as they provide the lifeblood of the ecosystem."

Participants must have a moderate level of fitness and bring hats, water and appropriate footwear. Numbers are limited and bookings are required before March 12. To book go to www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/environment-events, call 5421 9660 or email environment@mrsc.vic.gov.au