Improving fishing on the Gwydir River

May 20, 2014

The Gwydir River Healthy Habitats project is underway through a NSW Primary Industries fish Habitat Action grant – stock management. Activities have begun on the project site to enhance recreational fishing on the Gwydir River, through fish habitat improvements.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) recommends stock management as one of the key activities for restoring riparian vegetation and improving fish habitat.

As such, activities have commenced on the Bingara River Front with a small section of river on the north eastern side of the bridge being fenced off.

This activity will assist by avoiding grazing pressure contributing to bank erosion and allowing for the recovery of ground cover to assist with bank stabilisation.

The follow on activities will be implemented to assist with restoring native vegetation on the site.

Reason for Stock Control Controlling stock access is listed as a key activity for native vegetation management and improving water quality.

Uncontrolled stock access to water bodies may result with the following impacts:

  • Bank erosion.
  • Decreased water quality.
  • Increase the nutrient input into waterways.
  • Algal blooms and sedimentation.
  • Degradation and removal of native vegetation.

If you would like further information regarding the project or would like to be involved, please email Environmental Services (place Fish Habitat in the subject line) on mail@ or sign up on the Fish Habitat register at the Bingara and Warialda Council Offices.