RIV17 Campaspe River, upstream of Millison St, Kyneton
This Fluker Post captures change in the Campaspe River within the developing urbanised environment of Kyneton. Neglected for many years, this stretch of river was infested with a variety of weeds including blackberry, gorse and willows. Despite being on the doorstep of many established and new housing developments and the Sacred Heart College, it was unsightly and unwelcoming for people to spend time at while providing poor quality habitat for birds, animals and aquatic species. In 2017, the North Central CMAs Caring for the Campaspe worked with the Macedon Ranges Shire Council, several landholders and the Sacred Heart College to remove the weeds. This was followed by extensive planting of native vegetation, also involving the local Campaspe River and Land Management Group in a community tree planting event on Father’s Day 2017. With ongoing weed maintenance and supplementary tree planting, this stretch of river can become a beautiful place enjoyed by both the community and wildlife. This project was funded as part of the Victorian government’s $222 million investment over four years to improve the health of waterways and catchments.