Farmers are being encouraged to take advantage of a number of grants to fence properties fronting on to a creek or river.
Northern Central Catchment Management Authority project manager Angela Gladman said it is important to reduce the amount of animal waste that entered waterways.
‘‘Poo from cows and sheep brings with it a lot of harmful nutrients and pathogens, which impacts on human health, water quality and affects downstream water users,’’ she said.
‘‘Fencing off creeks and rivers also has benefits for more efficient farm management and can increase land value.
‘‘It also allows river bank vegetation to regenerate naturally, which is a cost-effective way to improve the river habitat for birds, fish and animals such as platypuses and water rats.’’
Farmers along the Campaspe River can now access generous grants to help with fencing, offstream watering for their stock, weed control and revegetation.
‘‘Almost 70 landholders have realised the benefits of fencing the Campaspe River since 2012, resulting in the installation of 53km of river fencing,’’ Ms Gladman said.
‘‘Reducing the impact of grazing stock on riverbanks is the key to river recovery.
‘‘The Caring for the Campaspe project is keen to work with landholders to negotiate fencing styles, alignments and offstream watering options to ensure that the fencing enables better stock management and is resilient to the impacts of flooding.’’
■For more information phone Angela Gladman on 5440 1825 or email angela.gladman@ nccma.vic.gov.au