Volunteers and the local community came out in droves to plant hundreds of tree and shrub seedlings along Taggerty’s Little River in frosty conditions.
Members of the Victorian Fly Fishing Association, Taggerty Community Progress Group and Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority were on hand alongside locals to assist in the planting on August 6.
Goulburn Broken CMA’s Sue Kosch thanked everyone for putting in a ‘‘fantastic effort’’ in difficult conditions.
‘‘Fortunately the rain stayed away for most of the time we were planting and setting up the guards around the seedlings but it was still very cold and wet,’’ she said.
‘‘We all really appreciated the efforts of Taggerty locals Max Dunn, Eddie Brolly and Richard Evans who set up a fire drum and marquees and provided hot soup and a barbecue for lunch.’’
Blackwood, prickly currant bush, tea-trees and pomaderris were planted by the volunteers and added to the 400-plus seedlings planted last month at the site by Buxton and Taggerty locals as part of the two-year Little River Reserve weed control and revegetation project.
‘‘This is a good time of the year to plant native plants as it gives them a chance to establish their root system over spring before having to survive the dry and heat of summer,’’ Ms Kosch said.
‘‘Re-establishing native riparian vegetation, including trees, shrubs, grasses and ground covers, will help improve the health of the river. Over time the trees will grow large enough to provide shade and a natural supply of branches and leaf litter to the stream, which will provide important habitats and food for fish.’’
The event was funded through the Victorian Government’s Angler Riparian Partnership Program.