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Collaboration leads to successful erosion control program

Riverina Local Land Services, Soil Conservation Services and landholders have partnered together to complete an erosion control program at Mates Gully, east of Wagga Wagga, to reduce sediment loads entering the Tarcutta Creek and Murrumbidgee River.

Landholders in the Mates Gully area were concerned the continual in-stream sediment movement was threatening efforts to stabilize and revegetate the recent work carried out and sought assistance from Riverina Local Land Services.

The program, funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, will help to reduce the amount of sediment entering the catchment and will help to protect and enhance vegetation corridors for endangered species like the Swift Parrot.

The stage three works completed this year consisted of installations of three gully control structures, eight inclined trickle pipe spillways and placement of large log debris in heavily eroded sections of the creek.

Adjoining landholders Rob Bullock and Matthew Peel were thrilled with the outcomes of the project and assistance received from Riverina Local Land Services.

“The extent of the soil erosion that was occurring was quite distressing; we were seeing our land wash away and many of the trees we had fenced and planted ourselves had fallen into the creek” they said

“We were amazed at how much better the creek and its tributaries looked after repair works had been done, the results were very pleasing.”

Project Manager for Riverina Local Land Services, Peter Beal said that collaboration and a positive approach taken to develop local solutions to local problems is the most effective strategy to achieving a number of key production and conservation outcomes.

The Mates Gully Creek group is planning to hold an open day to demonstrate what can be achieved in difficult soil landscapes.

Caption: Installing plastic membrane into gully control structure wall on Matthew Peel's property.

Media Contact: Hannah Ritchie, Riverina Local Land Services 0448 851224