Life returns to Pimpama River restoration site

25 May 2017

A stretch of once-degraded river bank on private land at Pimpama on the Gold Coast has been brought back to life thanks to funding from the National Landcare Programme and the efforts of the landholder, community groups and Healthy Land and Water.

Assistant Minister for the Deputy Prime Minister Luke Hartsuyker will visit the site at Ormeau, northern Gold Coast tomorrow, which had been rendered barren and treeless after many years of cattle grazing but has now been brought back to life.

The site is part of the restoration of a riparian corridor along a 2ha privately-owned stretch of the Pimpama River, and builds on 20 years of restoration works by the landholder.

“With funding from the National Landcare Programme, much of the site is now in good condition after the removal of invasive weeds, the exclusion of cattle and the revegetation of the river bank,” Healthy Land and Water CEO Julie McLellan said.

“It adds to 20 years of work by the landholder to restore the site and demonstrates that investing in natural resource management is a cost effective and multi-beneficial way for governments to protect and improve natural assets, with positive impacts for communities and businesses.”

The site will be used to demonstrate how effective riparian management can be of benefit to agricultural enterprises by improving the health of landscapes and catchments, particularly in regard to soil protection, water quality, pest management and protection of fencing and other infrastructure.   

The National Landcare Programme received more than $1 billion of funding in the 2017 Budget, which will allow projects such the Pimpama River Demonstration Site to continue across Australia.

“This investment from the Australian Government will help to support a wealth of expertise, a groundswell of community action, and a bank of knowledge and experience in delivering effective solutions to environmental pressures,” Ms McLellan said.

Media is invited to attend the tour on May 26 of the Pimpama River Demonstration Site with the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker, Assistant Minister for the Deputy Prime Minister.