Restoring Our Waterways

ICONIC FISH OF THE LOWER OVENS RIVER -
MURRAY COD
A workshop brought to you by the Wangaratta Sustainability Network and the North East Catchment Management Authority
Friday 24 November, 5.30pm - 8pm
Galen College Auditorium, Entrance 2, Phillipson St, Wangaratta
Please join us for a free dinner featuring Murray Cod fillets.
Bookings are essential at http://tinyurl.com/murraycod


http://tinyurl.com/murraycod
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A letter from Craig Ingram
State Director - National Carp Control Plan
Victorian Fisheries Authority
Hi all
I would like to invite you to attend a workshop to discuss the National Carp Control Plan (NCCP), the workshop is being held by the Victorian Government in collaboration with the North East Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA) and the NCCP
The NCCP aims to have the required approvals in place for the release of the CyHV-3 (carp herpesvirus) as a biological control agent to reduce carp numbers in Australian waterways by the end of 2018.
· 12 pm – 4 pm on the 8th November at Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre 33/37 Ford Street, Wangaratta VIC 3677, Australia
The workshop will give participants an opportunity to ask questions, provide input and receive the latest information on the proposed release of the virus including scientific research and risk assessment undertaken. The formal approval process required under the NCCP will also be outlined.
Through community representation and participation at the workshop, the Victorian Government aims to better understand local issues that will need to be considered to minimise the impact of the virus release and ensure an effective clean-up strategy.
The common carp is the dominant fish species in many south-eastern Australian rivers and is recognised as one of the worst invasive pest species in Australia. Detrimental impacts of carp include decreased water quality, algal blooms, river bank damage and destruction of aquatic vegetation, with economic costs estimated at up to $500 million per annum.
Managing for healthy Victorian waterways is critical to deliver ecological values of habitat for a variety of native fish, plants, birds and animals, while also providing strong regional economic and social benefits. It is for this reason that the State and Territory governments are working on development and implementation of the NCCP. I have been asked to coordinate the Victorian Government’s involvement and consultation on the plan.
Community meetings will also be held from 6pm-8pm on the 8th November at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre and at 6pm-8pm on 9th November St Ives Wodonga, 64 Lincoln Causeway, Gateway Island, Wodonga.
We would welcome you attending these meetings and would welcome your assistance in sharing details of the community meeting with your contacts.
More details on the plan are available at the NCCP website www.carp.gov.au
If you would like more details please feel free to contact me on 03 9658 4737 or craig.ingram@vfa.vic.gov.au and RSVP your attendance by return email.
Regards,
Craig Ingram
 

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Macquarrie Perch Release

Article and Photo DELWP Hume
 
More than 8000 Macquarie Perch fingerlings were released into the Ovens River between Wangaratta and Whorouly on Tuesday 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
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Wangaratta Summer Carp Muster 2016


 How to use the “Feral Fish Scan”

Go to www.feralfishscan.org.au 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 feralcarp@gmail.com www.wangarattasustainability.org

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

 

   

 

2016-17 RIPARIAN INCENTIVES & COMMUNITY GRANTS 

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 

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 SCHOOLS PROGRAM 2016
Wangaratta High School’s CLC year 9 program. Diane Farmer is the contacts for this program.
Each Wednesday for 8 weeks for about 4hours each day for the each Semester.  We work around our waterways removing rubbish, weeding, fishing for Carp, learning about water conditions and how to improve them.  Mainly out door work.
Cathedral College program. Gill Baker is contact person
For one or two hours each week, Day and Time to be worked out for 2016.  This program is a 12 months program. There are one or two different groups of students.  This is an extensive environmental program working around our waterways and also cover s rubbish removal, weeding, fishing for Carp.
Diane Farmer diane.farmer@bigpond.com   0439020440 – 57223823
Gill Baker  bakers@netc.net.au   0418355173 - 57251668

Fish boost for Ovens
Article from Wangaratta Chronicle 25 January 2016

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Wangaratta Carp Muster 2015

Thank you for supporting this community event being organised by Wangaratta Sustainability Network. Carefully read the following information and rules as the Carp Musters in 2015 is a little different to recent years.
·       The carp muster 2015 is over two weeks, not just one day.
·       The area has expanded to all waterways in the Rural City of Wangaratta
·       The event registration is by email to:       feralcarp@gmail.com
·       Carp to be entered in the competition can be dropped off daily.
·       The results of the carp muster, prizes, activities and free BBQ lunch will be at Merriwa Park on Sunday 8th November from 11am.
·       We are also encouraging people to use the Feral Fish Scan website 
These changes will better link the 2015 Carp Muster into the ongoing strategy to remove carp from local waterways and also provide more opportunity for the community to play a role.  Using the Feral Fish Scan website allows people to report and map where they are observing or catching carp.  This information will assist targeting carp with future electrofishing following the removal of over 1200 large carp earlier this year. 
How to use the “Feral Fish Scan”
Go to www.feralfishscan.org.au and register your details – or click here to register. Record your sightings on the Carp Map here. When recording your catches, please note in  the Comments field,  “Carp Muster   ….  Caught “.  We will be able to see the impact of our Carp Muster event once it has concluded.
             
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.   
            
Family Members can register individually on the website, or some may simply want to be register through one family member.  Both are OK.
Delivery of Carp for the Competition:
If you want to have your carp entered in the competition, they must be delivered to Wareena Park Hall in Swan St Wangaratta between 5pm and 6pm.(between the Olympic Pool and the football oval) .  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.    Fish do not need to be delivered on the day they are caught as they will keep for 24 hours.
Contact Kelvin on 0407 805 670  for particular issues regarding delivery.

                                                                                                                     
Competition Rules
Registration via feralcarp@gmail.com is compulsory to be eligible for prizes. 
Fishing is to be on rivers and waterway in the Rural City of Wangaratta. 
No trespassing on private land.
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.
·       Participants under 15 years are to be supervised by a parent or responsible adult.
·       Comply with State of Victoria’s fishing methods & legal requirements.
Where to Fish
Some people will have their own ideas where to find carp on the rivers, creeks and billabongs across the Rural City of Wangaratta.  Previous carp musters have focused just on the One Mile and Three Mile Creeks.   For those seeking advice on possible fishing sites the following may assist.
1) The Three Mile Creek between Williams Road and Edwards St (Yarrawonga Rd).  This is accessible from the bike path.
2)  Thompson’s Lagoon at North Wangaratta, opposite Stamps Lane.                      Access is from the east side of the Old Hume Hwy near the Bike Rail Trail
See you on  Sunday 8th November at  Merriwa Park from 11am
There will be a range of prizes (donated by local traders)  for participants in the Carp Muster followed by a Free BBQ lunch and guest speakers on fishing and also an outline the Carp Management strategy.  Many other activities and displays will also be at  Merriwa Park as part of a “Nature Day “ event.
Further information phone:  Kelvin  0407 805 670     or   Tony  0417 378 983
www.wangarattasustainability.org

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


Wangaratta Sustainability Network's Carp removal program presented by Tony Lane & Kelvin Berry at the North East Victorian Carp Conference 2015  



https://www.scribd.com/doc/272467867/Carp-Report

Carp Report Carp Removal Program 2012-2015







Please view the video  below showcasing the collaborative multi-agency & community project helping to re-establish the Macquarie Perch into the Ovens.
 


 

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National Tree Day - Wangaratta
Sunday 26 July 2015
WHAT IS HAPPENING ABOUT FERAL FISH IN OUR LOCAL AREA.
By Diane Farmer
http://www.feralscan.org.au/feralfishscan/

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: www.wangarattasustainability.org 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 diane.farmer@bigpond.com
Kelvin Berry on 0407805670 or kelvinberry@bigpond.com

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


Wangaratta Chronicle (Fri Feb 2015) 
Ridding River of Pest Fish




Croaker February 2015
Newsletter of the Restoring Our Waterways group of Wangaratta Sustainability Network.










Keep Australia Beautiful Award

Di Farmer has been receiving many accolades for taking out the Keep Australia Beautiful Award, Tidy Towns ‘Sustainable Communities Awards 2014 – Community Action Leadership(above 3000) Here is a copy of one of them:-
Hi everyone

We would just like to congratulate and acknowledge our very own Di Farmer and her Carp Muster Project for taking out the Keep Australia Beautiful Award, Tidy Towns ‘Sustainable Communities Awards 2014 – Community Action 
Leadership(above 3000) on Saturday night at the Wangaratta Performing Art Centre.

The Centre’s Act Belong Commit Program supported Di and the Carp Muster in her inaugural year to assist develop this project which has since gone from strength to strength!

Keep up the fantastic work Di – you are an inspiration and tireless community volunteer who deserves the recognition for all the work you do in our community.

Please join me in congratulating Di and check out some happy snaps from the event.
Well done! J

Cheers
Jen & Linda

Jennifer Johnstone
Regional Sport & Recreation Program Coordinator
Good Sports Project Officer
Act Belong Commit Project Officer





Reaching Beyond Demonstration Reaches project videos



Media Release
New insights revealed into river restoration projects Six new videos have been produced to provide an insight into the importance of local community involvement in helping restore native fish numbers.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Regional Officer, Anthony Townsend, said the Reaching Beyond Demonstration Reaches videos will give the community a better understanding of the success and challenges of river rehabilitation projects.

“This amazing footage gives viewers a unique bird’s eye view of the Murray-Darling Basin, showing how our waterways interact with the broader landscape,” Mr Townsend said.

“The experiences and achievements of different communities in restoring fish habitat are captured on video on waterways across the Murray-Darling, from the Ovens River in Victoria through to the Condamine River in Queensland, showing that no system is immune and all communities can play a vital role in bringing back native fish.

“The videos focus on individual demonstration reach projects within the Murray-Darling Basin and use amazing footage, captured by a drone camera at times.

“Demonstration reaches were a key theme of the Murray-Darling Basin Native Fish Strategy and reveal how river rehabilitation can be achieved through the integration of multiple actions.”

Mr Townsend said the success of the riverine restoration projects was due to key partnerships between local landholders, volunteers, school groups, recreational fishers, scientists and government organisations.

“The videos will hopefully inspire other local communities to get involved in river restoration projects and take ownership of their own local patch for the benefit of fish and future generations,” Mr Townsend said.

Mr Townsend said, “Community and Action = More Fish” is the compelling take home message from each video.

This project was enabled through funding from the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s joint funding program.
Drone camera in action on the Uppper Murumbidgee demo reach