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Boatharbour gets a make-over

RIVER BANK: Riparian restoration at Boatharbour.
RIVER BANK: Riparian restoration at Boatharbour. Contributed

THE Wilson River at Boatharbour has recently had a make-over.

Riparian restoration on 1.7km of high visibility sites above Lismore has been completed by Richmond River County Council as part of the Sustainable Floodplain Farming project.

RRCC floodplain project officer Garry Owers said the project was finally completed despite heavy rain and flooding.

"There were 95 wet days recorded in the first four months of the project, delivering more than 1000 mm of rainfall," he said.

"Despite the rain, 220 metres of fencing was erected and 1085 trees were planted as part of bush regeneration along 1.7 kilometres of the Wilson River.

"One noticeable site, at Boatharbour, is a 1.1-kilometre riparian strip beside Bangalow Road, north of the Boatharbour Nature Reserve."

Travellers along Bangalow Road could now see the results of the work, with large controlled weeds dying off and 700 trees native trees planted to replace them in gaps as a buffering strip, between the road and the Wilson River, Mr Owers said.

"We hope that techniques used successfully here will be transferable to other similar sites along the Wilson and Richmond rivers with the same cooperation as that of the Boatharbour residents who have been fantastic with their support," he said.

Topics:  environment