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Hughes Creek 7 July 2019 Tree planting

In conjunction with GBCMA Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority. DELWP Department Environment Land and Water and NFA Native Fish Australia Vic. 15 Volunteers attended a Tree planting day at Tarcolme Road Avenel on Hughes Creek. Prior to the activity an eradication program was implemented to remove invasive desert Ash  and plants from the revegetation area. The area was then mulched and graded along the planting area and banks of the creek. Native tube stock of various varieties where then distributed and planted with weed mats tree guards and staked out over a 2 km area. This is vital to rejuvenate the riparian growth and provide shade insects and erosion projection in the future. This program has been ongoing with funding from DELWP and there are already 3 previous plantings sites that have been undertaken along the banks. Hughes Creek has a population of endangered Macquarie Perch and Southern Pygmy Perch. The Creek is part of the Goulburn River Catchment . After planting all 500 seedlings water was applied to give them a fighting chance. The activity was completed by  1.30 pm and a tasty BBQ lunch was supplied by NFA . A great all round effort for those that attended and an example of community groups and Government organisations working together towards one goal. To make our Rivers and Creeks viable and sustainable for the future.