North Central Catchment Management Authority has been working with the National Landcare Program for years to remove natural rubbish from Gunbower Creek, and now it is turning its attention to the man-made kind.
As the CMA begins destroying invasive pale yellow water lily and choking willow trees from the creek, it is also focusing on rubbish in and around the waterway.
‘‘Gunbower Creek is one of the region’s most important waterways, and it gets a lot of use,’’ North Central CMA project manager Adrian Martins said.
‘‘We work with local authorities and community groups regularly to deal with invasive weeds in the creek and our flow program aims to increase the population of native fish in the waterway.’’
Mr Martins said next month the CMA would be working with the Gannawarra and Campaspe shire councils and DELWP on the man-made threats to Gunbower Creek.
‘‘We are inviting the community to join us on Tuesday, February 28 as part of Clean Up Australia Day to help us clean up Gunbower Creek,’’ he said.
‘‘One thing everyone in the area agrees with is making Gunbower Creek as beautiful and as healthy as it can be.
‘‘Bring your hats, gloves, a drink of water and sturdy boots to help us collect rubbish on the foreshore.
‘‘If you have a boat or kayak, bring that down as well, and we will get into the water to see what is there.’’
After the clean-up a barbecue will be provided at Garden Park, Cohuna.
■Register via email [email protected] or phone 54487124 by February 24 for catering purposes.
Registration points will be set up at Garden Park, Cohuna (behind the Gateway Visitor Centre) and at the Gunbower Recreation Reserve from 9am on Tuesday, February 28.