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Nyah-Vinifera reaps watering benefits

Nyah-Vinifera Park is bouncing back with environmental watering helping to improve the forest and attract a range of native animals, including Swamp Wallabies, frogs, birds and small fish.

Nyah-Vinifera reaps watering benefits

Water delivery to the Vinifera creek system.

The forest recently received 1,766 ML of environmental water, which has provided much needed flows through the park and, for the first time, through the Vinifera creek system.

“Seeing Swamp Wallabies shows the forest is really responding well to watering events – they haven’t been seen here often in the past, but now the forest is healthier they love to live in it,” Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Chair Sharyon Peart said.

“The resident populations of frogs, birds and small fish are also responding well and the watering is helping to revive important native plants and provide reliable breeding habitat for waterbirds.”

Prior to the natural floods in 2011, the Vinifera creek system experienced a 15 year drought.  The current watering event has got water moving through the system again and, combined with the watering in the Nyah forest, the area is looking beautiful.

The watering event has been coordinated by the Mallee CMA, in partnership with Parks Victoria and local stakeholders. The environmental water delivered was provided through entitlements held by the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH).

The VEWH prioritised this environmental release in its Seasonal Watering Plan 2014-15, which aimed to improve river and wetland heath across the State.

“Delivering environmental flows to priority sites such as Nyah-Vinifera Park is an integral part of protecting and enhancing the health of the region’s creeks and wetlands,” Ms Peart said.

Recent watering events at Nyah-Vinifera Park are helping to inform proposals for environmental infrastructure in the forest, which, if funded, will help improve the efficient and effective delivery of environmental water into the future.

For more information on the environmental watering at Nyah-Vinifera Park, contact Mallee CMA Project Officer Malcolm Thompson on 0427 514 378.

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