The North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is removing invasive Black and Crack Willows along the Kiewa River at Killara. The works are part of a larger program in partnership with Parklands Albury Wodonga, who have received funding through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program for willow removal works directly upstream of this site. The works will help transform seven kilometres of the significant lower Kiewa River landscape into a valuable community asset that links into Wodonga’s urban landscape.
Kelly Behrens, Manager Program Implementation with the North East CMA, said “It is a great outcome when we can work with our stakeholders to combine funding and resources to address larger scale issues within the catchment.” The CMA works are funded through the Victorian Government’s $222 million investment over four years to improve the health of waterways and catchments.
Following the initial willow removal at the site, Parklands Albury Wodonga will undertake revegetation and additional follow up weed control. Anthea Packer from Parklands Albury Wodonga said “It is very exciting to see these works happen. These highly invasive willows are impacting on our rivers and we have been trying to secure funding for several years to assist with their removal.”
The willows that are being removed are collapsing into the river creating blockages to flows and creating erosion issues. The removal of these willows will also create better access for the public to the river for fishing and other pursuits. The walking track will be closed to the public during the works for safety reasons, however the site will be accessible during the weekends and after business hours. The works are planned to be completed by Christmas, if weather conditions are suitable.
For further information contact the North East CMA on 1300 216 513.
Photo: Collapsed crack willow
Photo: Crack willow encroaching on waterway
Photo: removal work in progress, revegetation to be completed