The Group

The Sixth Creek Catchment Group is administered by a Management Committee.

Committee meetings are held on the first Monday of the month, as a dinner meeting in one of the committee member’s homes.

The Annual General Meetings are generally held in November. The next AGM will be advertised on the Sixth Creek Catchment Face Book page and local notice boards.

Contact us at 6thcreek@gmail.com

Sixth Creek signage

Grant funding and donations

Sixth Creek Catchment Group has received funding from State Government, Adelaide Hills Council, the Federal Green Army, and private landholder contributions. Details of funding since 2009 can be found here.

History of the Group

When the group was established in 1998, a whole of catchment focus resulted in funds being directly allocated to landowners across the catchment for weed management work on their properties. As funding has reduced, this has changed to concentrate work along the riparian zones of the creek.

A series of walks involving residents from across the Catchment, began in 2009. First hand familiarisation led to an appreciation of the serious weed infestation issues along the entire length of Sixth Creek. This motivated the group to develop a program template to inspire local communities along the watercourse to take responsibility for cleaning up ‘their patch’.

Activities are funded through annual applications for grants and carried out by contractors and working bees attended by local residents and friends of the Sixth Creek. Multiple projects sites comprise one landscape project titled Reestablishing Biodiversity in Sustainable Riparian Habitats of the Sixth Creek. The sites begin with Worksite 3 at the bottom of the creek where it joins the River Torrens, with Worksites 4 and 6 continuing up the creek and along beside the Sixth Creek Fire Trail, with Worksites 2, 5 and 1 towards the top of the creek and adcacent to Merchants Road in Basket Range.

The catchment is 3000 hectares in the Mt Lofty Ranges. Sixth Creek is unique as it is now the only permanently flowing creek into the River Torrens. With its confluence with the River Torrens at Castambul, Sixth Creek contributes to the health of the River Torrens and Adelaide water supply. More than 40% of the original native vegetation remains within the catchment and a number of nationally threated animal and plant species have been found in the catchment.

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