Greening Australia, Shire of Murray, Syrinx Environmental and the local Noongar community are working together to complete bank stabilisation work at George Brook Reserve on the Murray River. Representatives gathered at the reserve on Monday 11 March to celebrate the commencement of works. Proceedings included a smoking ceremony performed by Bindjareb Middars.
In 2018, Syrinx Environmental were contracted to compile a plan for bank stabilisation and weed control at George Brook Reserve. To minimise undercutting of the river bank, the bioengineering technique of a brush wall and matting will be implemented. This will also provide council staff and local groups with new foreshore restoration skills.
The Murray River (Bilya) is significant to the local Bindjareb Noongar community who hunted and lived along the river for thousands of years. More recently, the Murray River has been altered by agriculture, urban development and land clearing. The current project is an important step towards slowing the erosion along the river, while cultivating collaboration between local indigenous community and local land managers.
This collaborative, community project is a progressive step forward toward the preservation and rehabilitation of George Brook Reserve, working to increase its biodiversity and habitat value.
This project is facilitated with funding from Alcoa Foundation and Shire of Murray, as part of the Three Rivers Initiative – a mission to improve health of the Peel-Harvey Catchment. Greening Australia has a longstanding partnership with Alcoa achieving successful environmental outcomes.