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Glenelg Hopkins River Health Strategy

Healthy waterways for the benefit of all

Management of the region's waterways is underpinned by the Glenelg Hopkins River Health Strategy, which builds on and integrates existing plans. Factors that affect river health, include flow regimes, water quality, land use, in-stream and riparian habitat condition, and floodplain linkages. 

The Strategy

  • identifies and prioritises actions for river restoration, considering environmental, social and economic values
  • identifies threats to waterway health and assesses the level of risk based on the interaction between threats and values
  • identifies priority actions required to protect and enhance high value river reaches
  • identifies opportunities to actively involve the community in river health
  • provides the strategic framework for investment in river health for the next five years.

Large Scale River Restoration Project

River health action in the upper Glenelg - 2010

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Landholders in the Chetwynd area are in the process of accessing fencing grants from Glenelg Hopkins CMA to protect some of the region's most important waterways.

The grants are being offered by the CMA as part of implementation of the recently completed Waterway Action Plan for the Glenelg River between Chetwynd River and Salt Creek and its tributaries. This is part of a four-year Large Scale River Restoration project, that is identifying and prioritising on-ground works along the Glenelg River system.

The project's objectives are to revitalise the health of the Glenelg River, improve streamside zones and in-stream habitat, as well as reduce erosion and its effects.

There will be about $350,000 of funding available for activities such as fencing, revegetation and off-stream watering. The CMA is offering higher rates to encourage landholder participation and to ensure the high priority actions from the plan are carried out.

Landholders will have a year to complete the fencing works and 18 months to undertake revegetation.
For further information about the Upper Glenelg project, contact Rob Addinsall, Glenelg Hopkins CMA, 5571 2526.

Four years of Acheivement - click here to see poster

Over the past four years (2004 - 2008) Glenelg Hopkins CMA in consultation with State and Federal Governments has allocated nearly $10 million to improving and protecting the Glenelg River and its tributaries through the Large Scale River Restoration Project. 

Project Achievements
  • Fencing and protecting 230 km of waterways, 704 ha of remnant vegetation and the establishment of another 744 ha of revegetation
  • Removal of approximately 180,000 m3 of sand from the main river channel and the establishment of habitat refuge pools
  • Reinstatement of 870 large logs to 8.5 kms of the river bed
  • Construction of carp screening units on the outlet of Rocklands reservoir to prevent Carp movement
  • downstream, and monitoring to establish the extent of carp presence
  • Establishment of an Environmental Water Reserve for the Glenelg River
  • Construction of outlet structures to ensure delivery of flows to the river
  • Ecological assessments to maximise the value of flow delivery
  • Removal of five barriers to fish passage on the Crawford and Stokes Rivers and Moleside Creek, opening an additional 198 kms of waterway to fish passage
  • Mapping high priority erosion areas across the Dundas and Merino tablelands and the commencement of erosion control measures in this area
  • Educational seminars aimed at ‘Connecting the Community to the Glenelg River’

The Large Scale River Restoration funding will continue into the future, with a major focus on erosion control and riparian enhancement and protection along the Glenelg River.