Stock grazing and invasive weeds pose a continuous risk to riverine and riparian ecosystems. This ongoing action helps to protect waterway health and water quality by ensuring that riparian land is managed appropriately through activities such as fencing, revegetation, weed management and vegetation enhancement.
Managing riparian land is a priority for CMAs, and specific management goals and targets in each region are set out in the regional waterway management strategies. To accelerate the implementation of riparian works, the state government launched the Regional Riparian Action Plan in 2015.
The action has ensured continued Environmental Contribution funding for works on a large scale to ensure there is ongoing provision of cost-effective, off-stream, stock watering infrastructure.
In the Glenelg Hopkins CMA catchment for example, the Merri River restoration project is currently underway and has removed 3.8 km of woody weeds and planted more than 12,500 native trees, shrubs and grasses.
Action status (5-yearly assessment): Achieved and ongoing
Delivery period: Ongoing