Kilcunda,
28
October
2015
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23:08
Australia/Melbourne

Helping habitat along the Mouth of the Powlett River

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Revegetation around the Mouth of the Powlett River in Kilcunda has improved biodiversity and created improved habitat for native animals around the area.

Earlier this year, Bass Coast Shire Council removed 20 large pine trees from the roadside near the mouth of the river as part of its roadside weed plan. It was then revegetated with indigenous plants to improve the habitat for local wildlife, and has become a popular area for large mobs of kangaroos, as well as a resident Wedge Tail Eagle.

As part of Councils on-going commitment to increase biodiversity across the Shire, the rail trail at the mouth of the river has also been also revegetated with 2,500 indigenous species.

Council’s Manager Sustainable Environment, Deirdre Griepsma, said this will increase the width of habitat along the trail and link it to the Powlett River vegetation, creating a biodiversity biolink.

“A biodiversity biolink is a thin strip of habitat linking larger patches of wild habitat. They are like roads for animals, providing a safe way to get from one place to another,” Ms Griepsma said.

“They help improve connections ensuring animal species are able to survive in their natural habitat by being able to move through the landscape and avoid predators and other risks such as bushfires.”

The Mouth is listed as a wetland of national significance. It is a popular spot for families and recreational fishers and contains many rare and endangered plant and animal species, including:

  • Saltmarsh and coastal woodland revegetation

  • Fish, including estuary perch and silver trevally

  • Birds, inlcuding Hooded Plover, Eastern Great Egret and Orange Bellied Parrot

Due to the significance of the Powlett River, the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority recently received funding to fence off remnant coastal wetland vegetation, undertake weed control and plant indigenous riparian vegetation along the Powlett River Estuary downstream of the Bass Highway.

This also includes funding for fencing, weed control and revegetation along the Powlett River upstream of the Bass Highway to Lance Creek, West Creek, Archies Creek East Branch, Woolshed Creek and Bridge Creek.

If you own property along these waterways and are interested in any of the above activities, please contact Matt Khoury at mattk@wgcma.vic.gov.au or on 1300 094 262.