River restoration reaps benefits
ONE year into the project and Evans River catchment land owners are already seeing the benefits from environmental restoration work carried out by EnviTE Environment.
“The Evans River is an area of great natural beauty and conservation value,” EnviTE Environment supervisor Dan Cox said.
“We are working with landholders and the community to help improve the Evans River so it retains its beauty and health into the future.”
So far, about 2km of riverbank has been restored as part of the Evans River Catchment to Coast Corridors project. EnviTE Environment’s restoration works have focused on controlling weeds, including coral tree, coastal morning glory and lantana. and improving the health of the native vegetation along the river.
The work to date has been undertaken on the south side of the river in the upper area of the catchment along three private properties.
Richmond Valley Council had fenced off the riverbank to limit access by stock. Native vegetation including forest and wetlands was being damaged by weeds. Bush regenerators have been controlling weeds and restoring riverbank vegetation.