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Restoration work commences on Collie River stretch

RESTORATION of an eight-kilometre stretch of the Collie River commenced over winter.

The South West Development Commission provided a $10,000 grant under its Water’s Edge program to assist the Shire of Collie undertake the work as part of a foreshore management plan.

Commission chairman Stuart Morgan said the Shire of Collie had committed significant funds and staff resources to the restoration.

“As well as the benefits to local people in improving the river through the town, the project is an important element in assisting Collie to develop an image consistent with its current marketing to visitors through the Collie River Valley Marketing Strategy,” Mr Morgan said.

Work will take place over several years.

The first stage has included the spraying of blackberries, watsonia and other weeds. Native seed has then been collected and spread in weed-eradicated areas and seedlings planted.

Signs have been erected to provide information about the local ecology and wire mesh screens have been installed at drainage outlet pipes to catch litter.

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