Barham’s secrets unveiled 27th January 2005

Corangamite CMA  January 27, 2005

Barham’s secrets unveiled

The secrets of one of the coasts most important waterways will be reveled this week (Sunday, January 30, 2005).

The Corangamite CMA will stage a unique field day – titled The Freshwater Circus – on the banks of the Barham River at Apollo Bay.

Local residents will be treated to electro fishing displays, aquatic insect sweeps and be provided an insight into the importance of native vegetation to a healthy landscape.

Guests will also learn of one of the CMA’s icon programs, the Barham River restoration project, which is aimed at rejuvenating streamside vegetation, re-introducting large woody debris or snags and improving water quality.

Corangamite CMA Chief Executive Officer Don Forsyth said the event is a novel approach to educating and informing the community about the need to protect the region’s natural assets.

“One of the CMA’s roles is to spread the message about responsibly managing our natural resources now and into the future,” he said.

“In the case of The Freshwater Circus, our people have decided to put a different twist on this education process by staging an unforgettable experience featuring a range of quirky activities.

“We held one on the Barwon River near Inverleigh before Christmas and judging from the response, the initiative worked. Indeed, as far as communicating with the community is concerned, there is much to be said for looking outside the square.”

Mr Forsyth said one of the day’s objectives is to promote the incentive program linked to the Barham River restoration project.

Landowners and land managers with river frontages can access technical and financial assistance to improve the health of the key waterway.

“Through the incentive program, we hope to establish partnerships that lead to the successful restoration of native vegetation along the river,” he said.

The project centres on the Barham River, near Apollo Bay.

Riparian vegetation is under threat from pest plants, uncontrolled stock access and river bank instability.

Mr Forsyth said the degradation directly impacted on healthy populations of platypus and native fish and recreational pursuits.

“The importance of this project cannot be understated, the people who attend this week’s field day will appreciate the river for all of its glory,” he added.


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