John Thistleton March 25, 2012
A stretch of the Murrumbidgee River downstream from Tharwa will be improved for native fish, using hardwood timber log jams and more rocks to support existing rocky jetties.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development Simon Corbell says a community information session on Monday, March 26, at 6pm at Tharwa Community Hall will hear more on the project which is part of the Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach.
The area covers a 100-kilometre stretch of the river from Bredbo to Casuarina Sands in the ACT.
Excessive sand deposits from historical clearing of the catchment has reduced fish habitat and passage through the river in sand affected areas.
Mr Corbell says native fish communities are in poor condition and in low numbers.
Reports commissioned in 2011 recommended improving fish passage and habitat in a sand affected area near Tharwa.
The ACT government and the Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach initiative has $200,000 from the Commonwealth and $42,000 from the territory to build the log jams and to augment existing rock groynes in the river.
Now the community is being invited to help create new fish passages.
Mr Corbell says the fish habitat project will improve the physical and ecological function of the river.