Poplar removal on Tambo River
During September the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority will be removing Poplars on the Tambo River downstream of the Princess Highway bridge at Swan Reach. These works will occur for approximately one kilometre along the right (west) bank. This removal program will be followed up with planting of native species in autumn next year.
The East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority has been working closely with landholders to improve fish habitat, control weeds and revegetate the river bank. Controlling the Poplars on the Tambo River will improve the water quality and the biodiversity of the river. It will also allow for natural regeneration of the native species within the riparian zone. The control of Poplars in this reach will help to improve the overall river health by helping to prevent their further spread downstream.
The unnamed road on the right river bank will be closed for a two week period in September while machinery is operating. The EGCMA apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Poplars overhanging the river cause problems with bank stability.
Poplar removal on Lower Tambo River on 15 September 2015.
Additional fish habitat has recently been installed on the lower Tambo River
In February 2015 contractors completed the placement of an additional 50 log structures between Sardine Flat Road and the mouth of the river. These structures consist of two or three logs tethered to piles driven into the river bed close to the bank on each side of the river.
These structures complement 40 structures placed in the same river reach in 2014.
Funding for these works was provided by the Recreational Fishing Grants Program (angling licence fees). The logs were sourced from Metung where marina jetties have recently been replaced and were donated to the East Gippsland CMA by the East Gippsland Shire Council.
The structures are part of an ongoing program of river improvement including stock proof fencing and bank revegetation in the lower reaches of the Tambo and other waterways in the region including the Snowy, Nicholson and Mitchell rivers.