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North Central Case Study

Caring for the Campaspe 

Location

Campaspe River Redesdale, Elmore, Kyneton 

Outputs

  • 92 kilometres fencing 
  • 198 hectares riparian works 
  • 66 troughs installed 
  • 403 hectares woody weed control 
  • 271 hectares revegetation 
  • 3,930 engagement event participants 
  • 160 management agreements 
  • 28 surface water assessments 

Investment

Victorian Government 

Partners

Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Campaspe Shire, DELWP, Parks Victoria, Goulburn Murray Water, Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Taungurung Land and Waters Council, Yorta Nations Aboriginal Corporation, Upper Campaspe Landcare Network, Echuca Moama Landcare, Strathallan Family Landcare, Longlea & District Landcare, Campaspe Valley Landcare, Kyneton Angling Club, and Rochester and District Angling Club

Regional strategies

North Central RCS 2021-27, North Central Regional Waterway Strategy 2014-22, North Central CMA Reconciliation Action Plan, Dja Wurrung Country Plan 2014-34 – Dhelkunya Dja, Taungurung Country Plan – Taungurung Buk Dadbagi, Yorta Yorta Whole-Of-Country Plan 2021-2030 

It takes a community to care for a river. Caring for the Campaspe, a 10-year Flagship Waterway project, did just that with activities aimed to protect and enhance vegetation along the 250 kilometre river and improve ecosystem health.

The $7.6 million initiative was the first large-scale, on- ground works project to deliver improvements for the Campaspe River from its headwaters near Ashbourne to the Murray River at Echuca. It was designed to complement water for the environment deliveries and provide environmental, social and cultural outcomes.

The Campaspe has several threatened vegetation communities and provides habitat for threatened wildlife, such as the Swift Parrot and Squirrel Glider.

Since 2012, North Central CMA has delivered fencing, off-stream watering, weed control and revegetation incentives in partnership with land managers along the river. From Lake Eppalock to Echuca, these activities complemented the delivery of water for the environment to achieve demonstrated improvements in river health such as native fish diversity and abundance.

Community engagement increased awareness and understanding of the river’s values, threats and management. Information and advice were provided directly to landholders managing river frontages and at community events to cover cultural heritage, environmental flows and weed control.

Citizen scientists played an important role in measuring environmental condition change. In 2022, ten community volunteers, Taungurung Land and Waters Council and ten primary/secondary schools regularly monitored 28 sites along the river’s length.

Campaspe River willow removal, fencing and revegetation, Carlsruhe (2016/2019), image North Central CMA.

Campaspe River willow removal, fencing and revegetation, Carlsruhe (2016/2019), image North Central CMA.