Ward River Planting Day Success

Charleville locals, Girl Guides and Scouts converged on the Ward River Fishing Hole on Sunday morning, getting their hands dirty digging up river mud to plant reeds and sedges.

The South West NRM project, funded by the Queensland Government, aims to limit sediment running into the river, decrease erosion and create an ecosystem fit for fish to breed in.

South West NRM project officer Catherine Conroy says the planting day was a success, with about 40 volunteers digging holes and planting the reeds and sedges.

“It [the planting day] raises some awareness of the ecological values of the waterhole.”

After the planting finished, volunteers - mostly from The Girl Guides and Scouts - were treated to a free barbeque by The Charleville Fishing and Restocking Club.

A total 750 reeds and sedges were planted close to the edge of the water so that their roots can easily drill down through moist soil.

“These specific reeds and sedges are native to the local area so are well suited to the Warrego catchments climatic conditions and soil types so they should flourish,” Ms Conroy says.

Hungry volunteers were treated to a free barbeque, put on by the Charleville Fishing and Restocking Club – an organisation who have a strong focus on the Ward River.

“The Fishing Club have a vital role to play in the Ward River waterhole. They’ve had a restocking program out there for many years and they’re really invested in the health of the waterhole. Even though on this day they were providing support it is still vital for community groups to be involved,” Ms Conroy says.

“I’d like to thank everyone that came along and their efforts were appreciated.”

South West NRM, a natural resources management company based in Charleville, which receives state and federal funding to implement and oversee environmental, social and economic projects in the area.




Prepared by Martin Volz, Media Officer, martin.volz@swnrm.org.au

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