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Macquarrie Perch Release

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More than 8000 Macquarie Perch fingerlings were released into the Ovens River between Wangaratta and Whorouly on Tuesday (31 January) in another boost for the nationally threatened species.
This unique project involves several government agencies and the community including local schools, and hopes to re-establish a viable self-sustaining population in the Ovens catchment.
The program has been accelerated over five years instead of 10 by also including the translocation of larger fish from Dartmouth Dam as well as the fingerlings reared at the Fisheries Victoria hatchery at Snobs Creek.
Prior to the 1950s MacPerch were abundant in the Ovens River but were considered extinct before this re-introduction program commenced.
Pictured: Ian Davidson (Ovens Landcare Network), Huiking Ho (Fisheries Victoria), and Tony Lane and Kelvin Berry from Wangaratta Sustainability Network, and landholder Paul Kneebone.
North East CMA Native Fish Australia Rural City of Wangaratta Alpine Shire Council
Annual General Meeting
Wangaratta Sustainability Network
16 November 2016

Chair’s Reports: Tony Lane


Wangaratta Sustainability Network provides a structure for WSN members to be active on a range of “sustainability” activities within structure and also covered through our Landcare insurance arrangements. WSN continues to work closely with Wangaratta Urban Landcare and the alignment our Annual General Meetings creates a great event for the benefit of all members.

Restoring Our Waterways

This activity involves local schools in Wangaratta and students are regularly involved water quality monitoring on local creeks clean up activities and also assisting on the Mullinmur Billabong project. WSN also active in Clean Up Australia Day on 6th March. I would like to acknowledge the work of Di Farmer on these activities over recent years.

Community support is also provided at other events in local waterways, eg the release of maquarie perch on the Ovens River by the Dept. of Environment, Land, Planning and Water.

Carp Removal

Carp removal continued. We took advantage of low water levels in rivers and billabongs in summer and autumn however a wet winter and spring curtailed activity. A grant was received to allow some targeted electrofishing in local creeks which was undertaken in autumn. Arthur Rylah Institute was again contracted to undertake the work in partnership with WSN and a report was produced. Kelvin Berry has again been instrumental in all this.

Approval was received for use of additional traps and nets and these are used strategically when conditions are suitable on known populations of carp.

Minister for Agriculture, Hon Barnaby Joyce was also made familiar with the work of our group during the year on a visit to Wangaratta. This was followed up with correspondence to ensure our community based work on carp removal was considered in planning the release of the Carp Virus in 2018.

Due to the high water levels in early spring, in 2016 the Carp Muster is now a rolling event across the coming summer. Details of the event were announced at the Nature Day event on 6th November and publicity is now commencing. Our goal is to strengthen engagement with across the fishing community in identifying the carp hot spots via use of the Feral Fish Scan. Again there will be competition prizes and carp will end up as fertilizer or compost via Nutrisoil.

Mullinmur Billabong .

The billabong project received $20,400 funding late in 2013 and the project was completed with its official opening in October 2015 and re-naming to Mullinmur Billabong. There has been ongoing work under the leadership Ian Minns of Galen College and Gayle South as project coordinator. The need now for an ongoing and sustainable management plan was highlighted by recent floods and rapid growth of grass.

Climate Action Group

The climate action group has been meeting periodically since its re-birth in 2015. Initially the focus was on highlighting the need for a good agreement in the Paris climate meeting and a large group of locals subsequently participated in the Melbourne Climate Action March.

In recent months the focus has been on climate change action within Australia and a petition was presented to Cathy McGowan and tabled in parliament. A full page article was also prepared for Wangaratta Chronicle for World Environment Day as well as regular letters to the editor from WSN members.

WSN is also proud to be included as a founding partner in Sustainability Victoria’s “Take 2 Climate Action Pledge” program.

‘My Environment’ Photo Competition and Exhibition, in conjunction with The Centre and funding through the AVCLP, launched August 10th was very successful and well received

Nature Day” Event in Wangaratta 6 November 2016

WSN was an active participant in the second Nature Day held in Wangaratta, at Apex Park. There was a great variety of displays from a wide community and professional organisations involved in nature and sustainability. A free lunch was provided for all and although attendance numbers were up on last year, we will need to look at better publicity to draw an even bigger crowd in 2017.


I would like to thank all the very active members of WSN, several of whom have put in many hours and years since WSN was formed about 7 years ago. However as will all groups and particularly those with ‘Sustainability” in their name, we need to look for more renewal and fresh ideas from potential members who are out there.

Tony Lane


Wangaratta Sustainability Network

16 Nov 2016

Guest Speaker at Wangaratta Urban Landcare and Wanaratta Sustainability Annual Meeting
Freddie Dowling

Uncle Freddie is a respected elder of the Bpangerang people, the traditional custodians who occupied much of what is now North Eastern Victoria. Freddie grew up in Wangaratta and is a storyteller and published author. No More the Valleys Ring with Koorie Laughter and Grandpa Milawa Stories feature tales told to him by his family.


Wangaratta Summer Carp Muster 2016

 How to use the “Feral Fish Scan”

Go to and register your details – or click here to register

Record your sightings on the Carp Map here..
You can also download a free Mobile Phone App (Apple iOS/Android) to record your sightings and captures, directly from the riverbank. 

Click here for Android devices, and  here for Apple devices, or go to the FeralFishScan full website homepage.
Delivery of Carp:
If you want to have your carp counted as part of the Summer Carp Muster and potential prizes , they must be delivered to Wareena Park Hall in Swan St Wangaratta. Kelvin Berry will be there to measure the carp and put them in the freezer. Later they go to Nutrisoil to be turned into fertilizer and compost. Fish do not need to be delivered on the day theyare caught as they will keep for 24 hours.
Contact Kelvin on 0407 805 670 regarding drop off times. 

Other Information:
The participants agree that Wangaratta Sustainability Network, its organisers & volunteers will not be liable for:
Injuries sustained by the participant.
Lost or damaged property owned by, or in the possession of the participant.
Participants will:
Take reasonable care for their own safety and that of others, wear sturdy enclosed footwear & watch out for snakes.
Comply with State of Victoria’s fishing methods & legal requirements. In late January there will be an event to highlight the results on Australia Day. 

Further information phone: Kelvin 0407 805 670 

or Tony 0417 378 983

 ____________________________________________ off Pledge Action Day at the MCG

More than 180 Victorian-based organisations have signed up to Sustainability Victoria’s TAKE2 climate change program to help Victoria reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today kicked off Pledge Action Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), one of the TAKE2 Founding Partners.

Several TAKE2 Founding Partners joined Minister D’Ambrosio and Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan at the MCG to mark Pledge Action Day where they were acknowledged for their work in climate change and their goals for a clean energy future.

Founding Partners come from all sectors, including business, local government, community service organisations and educational institutions.

In June this year, the State government set an ambitious net zero emissions target for Victoria by 2050 to help keep the global temperature rise under two degrees. Delivered by SV, TAKE2 will help Victorian organisations and individuals follow the lead of the Founding Partners and make a meaningful contribution to reaching that target.

Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan said TAKE2 is the first state-government led, voluntary climate change pledge program in Australia and one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the world.

“TAKE2 requires all sectors and communities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, but to also motivate and inspire others, such as staff, members, suppliers and networks, to also take action.

“Through TAKE2, Victoria has taken a significant step towards real and achievable climate change action.

“Our long-term target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 puts us in line with other states and territories, and shows that we have a clear climate change agenda,” Mr Krpan said.

TAKE2 also helps participating organisations promote their commitment to a zero carbon future for Victoria and get the recognition they deserve.

Wangaratta Sustainability Network is a Founding Partner of TAKE2 and encourages other organisations and individuals to make their TAKE2 pledge at and then choose the climate change actions they will take to do their part.

Check out the latest videos from DELWP, which feature the partnership with WSN
Carp Removal



Assistance is available through the North East CMA, to access funding from a range of Australian and Victorian Government programs, to help landholders and community groups undertake environmental works and projects in the North East CMA region of Victoria.
Landholders or community group committees need to complete and submit a simple Expression of Interest (EOI) form that can be submitted online, emailed or mailed to the North East Catchment Management Authority.
The CLOSING DATE is 5pm on Wednesday 31st August 


Fish boost for Ovens
Article from Wangaratta Chronicle 25 January 2016

Rural City of Wangaratta
Enviro Events Calendar 2016

Article from Border Mail re Wangaratta Sustainability Network's  Climate  Action Group.
This article has information about the presentation of our climate change petition to Cathy McGowan  on November 8 and attending the People's Climate Change March on November 27.

Click on this link to read the article:
Did you miss the North East Victorian Carp Conference?
Click on the links below to get some of the important information shared.



The Mullinmur Billabongs area, On Galen College land has been revitalized.
From Wangaratta Chronicle Monday 18 May 2015

Please click on the link to view a new video showcasing the collaborative multi-agency & community project helping to re-establish the Macquarie Perch into the Ovens.
By Diane Farmer
The FeralFishScan is a new resource that was demonstrated by Peter West from Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC) on Friday the 24th April at the Ovens River, Tarrawingee. The FeralFishScan is a mapping resource for communities to track and record the presence of pest fish species in our waterways.  Wangaratta Sustainability Network– Restoring Our Waterways (WSN) has been heavily involved in the removal of Carp from our waterways and this resource is going to be a fantastic tool for local members of the community to assist WSN – ROW with our Carp Removal Programs that have been taking place over the past four years. It will assist us in knowing what areas to target next Summer and in the future and will help us to put in place and achieve our effective three year management plan”.
In May, WSN will be releasing a full report on our Carp Removal Program which has taken place over the past few years, and will include the number of Carp removed from our local Rivers and Creeks, and the weight transport to NutriSoil for recycling, which will astound you.
By entering your data into the FeralFishScan you will help WSN plan future management control of Carp in our local area. The mapping of carp spawning sites is particularly important for controlling their numbers, and this data entered will be helping WSN – ROW to map feral fish hotspots, identify breeding sites, and control feral fish in our local area.

Kelvin Berry WSN – ROW Fishing Coordinator along with other WSN-ROW members  attended the FeralFishScan Launch Event on to ensure we gain all the necessary information about the FeralFishScan that was presentef by Peter West from IACRC.

There is always something happening to control feral fish locally and you can learn about current programs and how you can get involved by checking out the Wangaratta Sustainability Network’s website: WSN - ROW are always looking for new members and volunteers to help with our programs.

Tim McCurdy MLA,  also attended this community event.
For more information about our Carp removal programs in schools, Carp Musters and other activities contact
Diane Farmer on 0439020448 or
Kelvin Berry on 0407805670 or

Wangaratta Chronicle  (Mon 27 April 2015)
Macquarie Perch Released Into Ovens River

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Sustainability values around the Winton Wetlands restoration and tourism project Survey

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Wangaratta Chronicle (Fri Feb 20) 
Ridding River of Pest Fish

Wangaratta Enviro Events Calendar 2015

Reaching Beyond Demonstration Reaches project videos

Find more information about this exciting project on the 

Restoring Our Waterways page. click here

Drone camera in action on the Uppper Murumbidgee demo reach

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