[On-screen text: Riparian land runs alongside rivers, creeks and wetlands]

[Speaker: One of the big issues that our fisheries face in the future is climate change and our rivers are heating up. And the best thing we can do at the moment is to replant our riparian zones. And at that will really assist with shading and help sort of minimise those temperatures creeping up over the next few years.]

[On-screen text: The tree planting by anglers on the Steavenson River was one of the many projects undertaken as part of the Regional Riparian Action Plan.The plan aimes to protect and improve riparian land in Victoria. The Victorian Government is investing $40 million dollars for riparian works. There's a whole river of stories. This is just one...]

[Speaker Christine Glassford, River Health Officer, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority: We've actually doing some work with angling groups for a number of years now. So this is probably our third year and it's been very successful. This site was identified as a priority site for this work, particularly by the angling groups as an area that they like to fish. Basically, by improving the riparian zones here we are looking at improving the in-stream habitat so that we can have better fishery.

[Speaker Tony Thompson, Landholder - Martyone Park, Marysville: Well, the approach from the department about doing some in environmental re-landscaping and some replantings of the riverbank. It was something that I wanted to do some time ago. But it, you know, it's a big job. And when the opportunity came to work with the Anglers,  the department, it was a great opportunity for us all to get together and do some work. Well, I don't see it as giving up land because it's a part of my part of my property, anyway, that is it needs to be protected and needs to be looked after. It's for generations to enjoy just not my cattle. So, you know, the more we look after it more we can enjoy it.]

[Speaker Jim Castles, Riparian and River Channel Manager, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority: Just going to see a lot more healthier riparian zone. The trees and shrubs will be up. This is a fairly high rainfall area, beautiful soils along here.  So these trees and shrubs will just boom and and it'll just lead to just a much nicer waterway basically. And I guess the hope is that the fishing will improve as a result of that and also, you know, you're just going to see an increase in other native species. And so, really good outcome.

[Speaker: I think Anglers, you know, they're putting time into make it better and, you know, they can come back here and fish in 10, 15 years and look at the trees and the difference that it's made, and they can stand back and say, I made that happen.]

[on screen text: This work is happening all over Victoria. It is funded by the Victorian Government's record $222 million investment into waterway and catchment health.]

Page last updated: 22/11/23