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The Kyneton Offsets Project aims to have a positive impact on water quality and catchment health.

This $2.1 million project began in April 2019, and was delivered in partnership with the North Central Catchment Management Authority (North Central CMA), supporting its Caring for the Campaspe project.

14.3 kilometres of environment improvement works were completed along Post Office Creek and the Campaspe River in Kyneton, and the sites are now being maintained. 

Works included:

  • removal of willow trees, blackberry, hawthorn and other weeds
  • revegetating 14.3 kilometres of river frontage with native trees and shrubs
  • installing 13.1 kilometres of fencing to keep livestock out of the waterway
  • installing off-stream watering systems as an alternative water source for livestock 
  • supplementary replanting, weed control and revegetation watering

The weed removal and revegetation works were carried out by local contractors, Platypus Environmental Service and Djandak, a business enterprise owned by the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation.
 

Independent river health monitoring

We engaged Aquatic Environmental Stress Research Group (AQUEST), an independent research division of RMIT University, to assess the environmental benefits of the project.

AQUEST are undertaking river health monitoring annually over a five-year period (2018-2023), targeting periods when the Campaspe River is flowing.

10 sampling sites have been identified in the Campaspe catchment for this study, from Carlsruhe to Redesdale.

Links to AQUEST's Year 1 and Year 2 executive summary, and the Year 1 and Year 2 full reports are below: 

 

Timeline

  • April 2019: Willow and weed removal
  • Spring 2019: Revegetation works 
  • Spring 2020: Supplementary replanting to ensure an 80 per cent survival rate
  • Ongoing: maintenance, weeding, watering and monitoring

 

Kyneton Solutions Project

The project is part of our Kyneton Solutions Project, which includes a multi-million-dollar upgrade to our Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant be able to serve the Kyneton region until 2040.

 

Further information 

For further information on our Kyneton Offsets Project and Kyneton Solutions Project please email communications@coliban.com.au or call 1300 363 200 with your preferred contact details - email, SMS or mail. 
 

 

Planting day with Woodend Primary School

In October 2019, we held a planting day on the banks of the Campaspe River with Grade 4 students from Woodend Primary School.

Students helped to plant some of the 20,000 native trees and shrubs, and learned about the positive impact the plants and fencing will have on water quality and catchment health. 

 

Last updated on 12 Apr 2021
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