Oh rats another (willow) massacre in Oaks Estate or hello… Casuarina Cunninghamiana

By 22 November, 2012 3

Oaks Estate Progress Association is very pleased to announce that stage 2, of Molonglo River rehabilitation is to continue in Oaks Estate.

 A recent announcement by TAMS has confirmed the continuation of the Restoration of Waterways Project. The project will see the removal of willows and other exotic species including blackberry and pyracantha along a section of the Molonglo,  between River St and the bridge crossing on Oaks Estate Rd.  It is important to note, not all exotics are to be removed as some are to remain due to their heritage value belonging to early plantings, some that predate ‘Canberra’ and to ensure the river bank stability.

The work will commence this week and involve the poisoning of the larger trees and  woody weeds. This work will occur over the next three weeks.  It is anticipated that tree removal will begin in mid January with revegetation in early Autumn 2013.

If the revegation  is as successful as previous work undertaken upstream, to the ACT NSW border (Railway Bridge) it will in time provide a vital habitat area for wildlife and a return to a free flowing water course.

Though the work is sign posted,the OEPA ask all river users to be mindful of  the work occurring and use common sense when in this area. It is also important to stress DO NOT EAT THE BLACKBERRIES

Any questions relating to the work should be directed to: Restoration of Waterways and Surrounds Project, TAMS.

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3 Responses to Oh rats another (willow) massacre in Oaks Estate or hello… Casuarina Cunninghamiana
#1
chainsaw8:26 pm, 22 Nov 12

On a related topic, it’s good to see the ACT Govt is again mowing the riverside track – or trying to. (Is it true they broke the tractor?)

Now, I wonder when Queanbeyan Coucil will get around to mowing their part of the river track, from where it diverges from the concrete cycle path, on the OE side of the cemetery? They did a great job of it earlier this year, all the way up to the ACT border, but it was overlooked last time the mowing was done.

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aussielyn10:51 pm, 22 Nov 12

The Landcare group in Old Narrabundah Community Council Inc (ONCC Inc) have been involved in weed eradication in Mill Creek AKA Jerrabomberra Creek for over 8 years. This runs under Canberra Ave and can be viewed from the Monaro Highway before the over pass. The eradication of the willows has made a remarkable difference so the creek is now flowing. The other weeds such as African Love Grass & blackberry need eradication.

Grants have been sought from grants to eradicate the weeds but volunteers do all the work.

Thanks must be given to OEPA volunteers who are helping the health of downstream Lake Burley Griffin, the Molonglo & Queanbeyan Rivers.

Is there any Landcare volunteers that want to add something?

#3
OEPA5:13 pm, 07 Jan 13

Oaks Estate Progress Association, supported by Queanbeyan Landcare, and Greening Australia invite all lovers of plants and rivers join us on the morning of the 12th January for the annual ‘watering of the plants’ – your participation will ensure the grasses, trees and shrubs planted along the Molonglo and Queanbeyan Rivers continue to thrive.

Be active, support your community and join us in the cool of the morning to schlep water, followed by a lovely selection of salacious slices (morning tea).

When Saturday 12 January between 7.00am-9.00am

Where On the Molonglo River at the bottom of River St, Oaks Estate

Why The plants need a drink in this current hot weather and a good drink will see them through summer. We will be carrying buckets from the river to the plants. Buckets will be supplied.

What to bring Hat, sunscreen, long sleeved shirt and pants, sturdy shoes, a sturdier sense of humour, gloves and a drink bottle

Please RSVP By the 10th January, email oepa@hotmail.com.au or phone 62992409

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