FUNDS BOOST: The health of the Rous River will be improved through a NSW Environmental Trust grant, matched by funding from Tweed Shire Council.
FUNDS BOOST: The health of the Rous River will be improved through a NSW Environmental Trust grant, matched by funding from Tweed Shire Council. Contributed

Healthy boost for river

THE health of Rous River, between Chillingham and Murwillumbah, will be improved over three years thanks to $100,000 in funding announced through the NSW Environmental Trust.

Last week Lismore MP Thomas George and Environment Minister Mark Speakman announced the grant, which will be matched by funds from Tweed Shire Council.

Council project officer Matthew Bloor said the Rous River had high conservation values and was located in a highly valuable agricultural landscape.

“Bank erosion and environmental weeds are having a big impact on the river but also threaten the values of adjacent land,” Mr Bloor said.

Participating landowners will be eligible to receive assistance for stock fencing and watering infrastructure, weed control, bush regeneration, revegetation and bank erosion.

Landowners will also receive management advice and restoration plans for their river bank based on current condition and use.

Mr Bloor said landowners who take an active role in protecting the health of our waterways supply a vital service to the community and should be supported to do this.

“River Health Grants have supported around 160 landowners to improve over 65km of waterways in the Tweed Shire over the last 10 years,” he said.

“Tidal reaches from Boat Harbour to Tumbulgum can be paddled year-round.

“Exploring our waterways in a canoe or kayak is a fun and healthy activity and a great way to appreciate the unique environment of the Tweed Shire.”

Council will also investigate establishing a canoe trail along the Rous River to promote the increased recreational use of the river.



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