RESTORING A WATERCOURSE – THE NEXT STEPS
The Lower Sixth Creek Riparian Rehabilitation project is the newest project of the Sixth Creek Catchment Group Inc (SCCG). The SCCG encourages and supports cooperation among the various statutory bodies, community groups and landholders whose activities impact on the ecological systems of the Sixth Creek. By carrying out rehabilitation and conservation work on private and public land in discrete projects, SCCG seeks to inspire sound management of the Sixth Creek riparian zones.
The Lower Sixth Creek riparian area is a severely degraded section of the Sixth Creek. Extensive Arundo and Willow infestations have blocked water flow and shaded the riparian areas of the creek.
The long term objective of the Lower Sixth Creek Riparian Rehabilitation project is to contribute to improved community knowledge, land and water course management and the human health and wellbeing of residents in and visitors to the Corkscrew Valley by involving them in the process of:
- removing invasive plants and weeds from the lower reaches of Sixth Creek
- maintaining and restoring the riparian Zones of lower Sixth Creek to a high ecological value
The project model used by the Sixth Creek Catchment Group is based on community collaborations and partnerships with relevant government agencies. This project is supported by:
- residents and local landholders;
- Adelaide Hills Council; and
- Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges Region
Each of these parties were involved in the development of the Lower Sixth Creek Riparian Rehabilitation Management Plan 2016 – 2020 which will guide this project. While the on ground work of volunteers is essential to completing a successful project, funding is also a very important enabling aspect of the project. A 2016/2017 Community Action Grant was received from the NRM to start the restorative weed management work and a further community grant received from the Adelaide Hills Council to support completion of a Vegetation Study that will underpin project work over the longer term.