Stabilisation works on a section of the Mitchell River have been completed at Woodglen.
Local landholder Malcolm Cox, whose property is under a landholder agreement with the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (EGCMA), had an issue of erosion on a section of the riverbank following a moderate flood event in 2021.
Approximately 170 metres of the river frontage received stabilisation work. The method included building a track on the bank’s slope with the angle of the bank reduced to lower the risk of erosion. Rock was placed on the bank to form the stabilisation.
“There were a few times the river came up after heavy rainfall whilst the work was being carried out, but I’m pleased to see the finished product and very happy to work with the EGCMA,” said Malcolm.
EGCMA’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Bec Hemming said, “landholder agreements are crucial in gaining a mutually beneficial outcome in river health, and we are thrilled to work with Malcolm on his property.” Agreements include supporting landholders to exclude stock from river frontages, weed control and planting of native vegetation.
Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation’s (GLaWAC) NRM Team will complement the stabilisation work with the planting of native vegetation. The vegetation, once established, will provide further stability to the riverbanks.
This work was completed using funds received from the Victorian Government for waterway health programs.