Rehabilitation works (weed removal/ planting) on Muscle Creek between the Muswellbrook Golf Club and the Muswellbrook District Workers Club in order to improve habitat and connectivity for threatened and endangered species.
1)To increase community awareness and knowledge of the importance of maintaining a healthy riparian ecosystem, and to increase participation and engagement around restoration activities in riparian areas, especially pertaining to the length of Muscle Creek between the Muswellbrook District Workers Club and the Muswellbrook Golf Club.
2)To rehabilitate the riparian areas of Muscle Creek between the Muswellbrook District Workers Club and the Muswellbrook Golf Club through the use of community working bees and qualified contractors.
The project is needed to restore the connectivity and improve the habitat for threatened species and to complement proposed in-stream stormwater and erosion control measures currently planned by council. Community engagement and education is needed to create a connection and a sense of ownership as this is an urban stream between the rural catchment and the confluence of the Hunter River. The intention is to form a Landcare group.
The creek has heavy infestations of noxious and environmental weeds, including but not restricted to Balloon Vine, Privet, Willow, Wandering Dew, Madiera Vine and Morning Glory. These exotic species are smothering the native vegetation on the creek. Many of these weeds require significant initial and follow-up control activities to ensure successful rehabilitation. Native species will be planted to improve the riparian habitat and to provide linkages with existing communities such as the Hunter River Red Gum and the White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely’s Woodland.
The project runs from 2016-2019 and consists of 3 stages
The project is being managed by Muswellbrook Shire Council through funding from NSW Environmental Trust. The project involves partners in the form of Muswellbrook Golf Club, The Remington Motor Inn and Muswellbrook District Workers Club. Muscle Creek Landcare and Conservation Volunteers Australia are also involved in the project.
Anyone can participate! While the bulk of the work will be done by qualified contractors, there will be 3 Working Bees per year to help tackle weeding and revegetation. The volunteer working bees are included in the project to help get the community involved in looking after Muscle Creek.
There will be contractor works and 3 working bees per stage. Stage 1 contractor works are currently scheduled for Autumn 2017.
Stage 1 working bees are scheduled for
People can either contact Nicholas Alexander, the councils Sustainability Officer for Conservation and Landcare, Jack Kensey at CVA, or organise to attend a working be through either the golf club, workers club or The Remington.
A working bee is the name given to our volunteer weed removal/planting days. The bee will run for at least half a day, and will include lunch and drinks. Guest speakers will also give a talk at a number of the working bees.
Just wear long sleeves and pants and bring your hats and sunglasses. All equipment including trowels and gloves will be provided on the days.