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Meeting to review plans for Mittagong Rivulet

13 April, 2012Posted in: Environment
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Members of the community are invited to attend a public meeting to review proposals to manage the future of the vegetation corridor along Mittagong Creek in Bowral.

Mittagong Creek, or Rivulet, is a well-known feature of Bowral, with a catchment that drains most of Old Bowral, the northern part of East Bowral and the southern slopes of Mount Gibraltar.

The creek is a popular attraction, with many residents and visitors using the path that begins in East Bowral and follows the rivulet across Old South Road to Bowral Swimming Pool.

At Mittagong Road the creek leaves the walking and cycling paths behind and continues under the railway line and Kirkham Road where it joins its northern branch and then heads south past the industrial zone, the brickworks and the sewage treatment works before joining the Wingecarribee River.

Among those with a keen interest in Mittagong Creek are the landholders whose properties back onto it and the dozens of residents who have worked hard to enhance its amenity and environmental values over the last decade. Council believes many of those people will want to review its plans for the riparian vegetation along the creek.

The Bowral Flood Study and the 2009 Mittagong Rivulet Plan of Management both recommended as a high priority action that a Riparian Management Plan be drafted to guide future revegetation works along the watercourse.

Wingecarribee Council engaged a consultant in 2011 to prepare the draft Mittagong Creek Riparian Management Plan. The consultant has assessed, mapped and ranked each section of Mittagong Creek and recommended actions to address the weed and erosion problems and to improve habitat values and water quality.

To enable interested members of the public to view the draft Management Plan and question the consultant who drafted it, Wingecarribee Shire Council has organised a public meeting. Council staff from the Environment and Sustainability Branch will also be in attendance along with a representative from the Sydney Catchment Authority.

The public meeting will be held on Thursday 26 April from 6 to 8pm at the Henrietta Rose Room in the Bowral Library Precinct and Council encourages all interested members of the public to attend.

For further information contact Council’s Natural Resource Officer Paul Marshall 4868 0772.