Two people standing by a gate and fence amongst dense vegetationAn investigation was undertaken by the then Department of Sustainability and Environment from 2011 to 2012 to evaluate a sample of riparian sites in Victoria where on-ground works had been completed over the last decade.

It determined the condition of riparian works and landholder attitude to the works. For example:

  • Where fencing was erected to prevent stock access to riparian land the fencing was still functional at 86 per cent of sites;
  • On average, landholders gave ‘willing to recommend riparian work to others’ a score of 9/10 and most considered they would do more riparian work themselves;
  • 76 per cent of landholders indicated that there had been no loss of productivity across the property as a result of the riparian works;
  • 74 per cent of landholders indicated that they considered that the condition of the waterway had improved as a result of riparian works; and
  • Landholders have been involved in long-term management at 93 per cent of sites.

Landholders overwhelmingly supported the works and would recommend similar work to other landholders. With some thanking the catchment management authority for a job well done.

One landholder stated, “I can’t understand why more farmers don’t do it. In the past we would lose one or two animals in the stream each year, but we haven’t lost any for years. Property looks better with healthier streams and surrounds and has increased in value.”

Final Riparian Works Evaluation report 2011 (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Final Riparian Works Evaluation report 2011 (DOC, 2.6 MB)

Photo, above: many properties across Victoria with riparian works were surveyed by the 2011 evaluation. A landholder being surveyed on Coal Creek, South Gippsland. Photo courtesy Fiona Ede (DPI)

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