Erosion and weed control field day to be held near Boonah

Erosion and weed control field day to be held near Boonah

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27-May-2013

Landholders, earthmoving contractors and weed control contractors who are interested in the treatment of soil erosion and streambank weeds are invited to attend a free bus trip to several properties near Boonah on Thursday June 6th.
The day will feature a range of sites in the upper Teviot Brook district where landholders are undertaking works with funding assistance coordinated by SEQ Catchments.

SEQ Catchments officer Colin Hastie said several expert speakers will discuss engineering and revegetation techniques used to address soil erosion at streambank and gully sites, as well as measures to tackle weeds that destroy vital streambank vegetation such as Cat’s Claw Vine.

“Soil erosion and weed control are complex problems, and certainly the best way to find out what to do at any particular site is to see as many examples of success as possible, and the more experienced people we can hear from the better,” Mr Hastie said.

Mr Hastie said the landholders of the upper Teviot Brook district are to be congratulated for their commitment to the health of their waterways and surrounding landscape.

“We are assisting with sites on about 30 properties, covering a very high percentage of the length of the streams in the area,” Mr Hastie said.

One stop will look at a property owned by two generations of the same family, Stuart and Sandra Oppermann, and their daughter Cassie and her husband Giles, and the work undertaken to tackle erosion and weeds along their stretch of the Teviot.

Mr Hastie said the Oppermann’s are facing very difficult erosion problems which, as is often the case, are largely a consequence of historical practices both on their place and upstream that were well intended at the time but have caused problems.

Stuart Oppermann said they are undertaking earthworks, stock control fencing, weed control and tree planting as stage one of a job that will be ongoing for years to come.

“This sort of erosion work is always going to be difficult, but we have worked out what we can to save our grazing land which has the lowest risk of failure,” Mr Oppermann said. 

The funding for the works has come through two programs, the initial program in the Mt Alford and Croftby area supported by Seqwater, Scenic Rim Regional Council, Scenic Rim Rivers Improvement Trust and the Commonwealth Government’s Caring for Our Country program.
Based upon the success of this project, further funds have been provided by Seqwater to continue the works further upstream to the headwaters of Teviot Brook, and also in the upper reaches of Christmas Creek and Oaky Creek. 

The bus trip will depart from Mt Alford Hall at 8.45am, returning at 1pm and will include free morning tea and lunch, and interested people are asked to RSVP Jessica Walker by phone on 0407001916 or email jwalker@seqcatchments.com.au

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