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Bermagui saltmarsh restoration

Tuesday 28 February 2017 Restoration works underway at the Bermagui River.

Valuable saltmarsh habitat in the Bermagui River area is being treated to restoration works thanks to Council securing a NSW Government grant from the South East Local Land Services Wetland Fund.

The $22,000 grant which is combined with support from Council, will help restore heavily degraded saltmarsh vegetation through erosion control, weed control, access management and revegetation works.

Council’s Environmental Management Coordinator, Daniel Murphy said the project is progressing well, with initial works nearing completion.

“There are great environmental and community benefits to be gained from this project,” he said.

“Wetlands restoration significantly improves an area’s capacity to maintain good water quality, to reduce the impacts from storm damage and flooding, recharge groundwater and boost local biodiversity.

“Add to this the recreational benefits of improving what is already a beautiful area through the installation of educational signage and you get a natural area close to Bermagui that’s great to explore for locals and tourists alike. 

“Saltmarsh health on a part of the northern side of the river will be improved through working together with a local landholder to re-instate some of the natural tidal regime. We hope to complete these works in the next few weeks.

“Healthy saltmarsh also means more habitat for fish feeding and breeding which helps sustain good fishing in the Bermagui estuary,” Mr Murphy said.

Council encourages people to come and enjoy these locations in a sensitive manner and appreciate their significance and beauty.

For more information contact Environmental Services at BVSC 6499 2222.

Photograph: Restoration works underway at the Bermagui River.

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