The East Gippsland CMA is working in partnership with public agencies and landowners to improve the health of the Tambo River between Swifts Creek and Ensay.

To date 115 hectares of weed control has been achieved (in preparation for revegetation) and five kilometres of fencing installed. A number of landowner agreements have also been completed and there is growing interest from more landowners to be involved.

The Swifts Creek Ensay Landcare Group is being supported with Our Catchments, Our Communities funding for on-ground works in high-value recreation areas. Funding has also been provided for the TopSoils program, which aims to improve soil condition for farm profitability.

Pretty Flat Creek before

Pretty Flat Creek covered in weeds

Pretty Flat Creek after

Pretty Flat Creek after the removal of weeds

The Tambo Valley in East Gippsland experienced a history of land clearing in the 1880s, to open the area up for grazing. A legacy of erosion, weed incursion and stock access to waterways, has contributed to habitat loss and riverbank instabilities. The project has been driven by community concern about blackberry and the economic impact to agriculture in the valley. The collective approach to managing weeds in the Tambo Valley is helping to protect waterways and biodiversity values.

Partners

East Gippsland CMA, Swifts Creek Ensay Landcare Group, Landholders, DELWP, Regional Roads Victoria, East Gippsland Shire Council and the Country Fire Authority.

top: Photo Credit: East Gippsland CMA.

below: Landholder Ken Skews with East Gippsland CMA and DELWP staff inspecting project sites in the Tambo Valley. Photo credit: East Gippsland CMA.

Landholder Ken Skews with East Gippsland CMA and DELWP staff inspecting project sites in the Tambo Valley. Photo credit: East Gippsland CMA
People around the district are saying what a great thing it is to see the blackberries treated, it has even seen a new sub group started at Tambo Crossing just down the river as they are keen to be involved too. The group have a great sense of achievement and know that they are contributing to the bigger picture and have loved the support the CMA has provided. People have been motivated to undertake additional works and it’s all because of this project.
Ken Skews, farmer, Tambo Valley

Page last updated: 28/06/19