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Local Land Services and landholders work together to protect creek

Riverina Local Land Services and landholders in Mates Gully, east of Wagga Wagga, have teamed up to prevent sediment loads from entering Tarcutta Creek and the Murrumbidgee River.

Landholders were concerned that continual sediment was occurring and threatening creek protection works. The landholders contacted Riverina Local Land Services seeking help and guidance.

A detailed catchment survey was undertaken to work out and schedule key works to prevent further deterioration. Recently completed works were part funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme combined with a contribution from the participating landholders.

Two creek bed control structures were strengthened to prevent further erosion up-stream. Other creek bank protection measures were also undertaken.

The Woodhouse family said they were thrilled and delighted with the outcomes of the project and assistance received from Riverina Local Land Services.

“We were amazed with what can be achieved when local community groups partner with a hands-on agency like Riverina Local Land Services.

“Our creek bank soils are extremely erosive and a combined effort by all our local landholders is crucial in order to reduce massive soil erosion. The local catchment plan we have provides us with a blueprint to follow for further stabilisation work,” said Mr Woodhouse.

Project Manager for Riverina Local Land Services, Sue Buik said that collaboration and a positive approach taken to develop local solutions to local problems is showing great results and strengthens prospects for attracting further funding and co‑investment.

The Mates Gully Creek group is planning to hold open days to show interested landholders the success of the project.

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