The Deniliquin Wetlands Restoration Community Project has restored the balance to the Deniliquin lagoon system.CASS SAVELLIS July 22, 2014 3:54am
Native birds spotted enjoying the bird hide at the McFaull Park lagoon on Friday are a sign of restored balance to the Deniliquin lagoon system.
The Deniliquin Wetlands Restoration Community Project started in 2011.
Four lagoons — from Napier St through to the Bowling Club — were drained, cleaned of carp and rubbish and restocked with locally extinct native fish.
McFaull Park received a revamp with a bird hide, strategically placed wildlife refuges and native plants included.
The project — by Murray Catchment Management Authority (now Murray Local Land Services), Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre and local volunteers — will be rolled out to other areas.
Deniliquin scientist John Conallin, who instigated the project in his former role with the CMA, said ‘‘animal life in general has really increased since the restoration of the McFaull Park lagoon’’.
Currently based in Kenya, Dr Conallin keeps up to date on the local project.
‘‘After the lagoons were drained, the carp and redfin removed and the plants started to grow, we noticed a big increase in small native fish and yabby numbers,’’ he said.
‘‘This has obviously attracted a lot of shags (the black bird pictured), and pied cormorants (black and white bird), who like to eat them.
‘‘The refuge in the middle is the perfect place for the birds to sit, rest, and dry their wings. Every day you will see birds there, and best seen from the bird hide on the island.
‘‘People should also keep an eye out for water rats as they are also common in the McFaull Park lagoon, and love eating tabbies and small fish.
‘‘The water rats use the refuge to take tabbies to and eat them. The last time I was home in the warmer months I also noticed the turtles were back, and they use the refuge for sunning themselves and resting.
‘‘There is lots of information on the island, also accessible to people, and people should go down and enjoy the lagoon and its animals.’’
Rich River's Ben Docking capitalised on local knowledge to take out the Goulburn Valley District Golf champion of champions event at his home course.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Timbercutter Doug Rosenow is hoping people will listen before it is too late.
Goulburn-Murray Water has been filling in the decommissioned irrigation channel by the Northern Hwy, just out of Rochester.
Fraser sure has aces in spades
It was a triumphant homecoming for God's Own gelding.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
Fiona Bradshaw and the Planet X team have raised more than $5000.
2013/14 Annual Report received this week finds overall finances are ‘‘fair and improving’’ at Moira Shire Council.
Deniliquin McDonald's raised more than $1300 for McHappy Day on Saturday.
A Tongala dairy farm with three robotic milkers sold at auction for $1.4 million last week.
Member for Benalla Bill Sykes delivers his valedictory speech to the State parliament: I love youse all.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.