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Kyffins Reserve to open

The lake side track in Kyffins Reserve, and a limited area for camping, will be open to the public December 6, in time for the Cod Classic event.

December 3, 2013 4:18pm

Kyffins Reserve, Mulwala has been closed to the public since it was heavily affected by a tornado on March 21 of this year.

The Reserve, situated on Lake Mulwala and 5km from the township of Mulwala, is 55 hectares in size with approximately 1.2km of lake frontage.

The recreation reserve is a popular camping and recreation reserve for local residents and visitors to the area.

As trustee of the land, Corowa Shire Council has been working closely with NSW Rural Fire Service, Riverina Livestock Health and Pest Authority, Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation to undertake restoration works and enable the reserve to be reopened to the public.

The NSW Rural Fire Services Strategic Task Force spent almost two weeks removing fallen debris from the areas of the reserve frequently used by campers.

The force of the tornado saw caravan debris spread throughout the reserve, which was removed by council soon after the event.

Riverina Livestock Health and Pest Authority also conducted a rabbit baiting program over winter.

An assessment of the reserve was recently completed by the Goulburn Broken CMA.

The reserve was identified as eligible for support from the Sand Ridge Woodland Project. This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund and is a partnership project among Goulburn Broken CMA, Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation, Murray CMA and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Works at Kyffins will include erecting fencing within the reserve to assist with revegetation and mark out distinct camping areas.

Strategic grazing will occur over summer, followed by direct seeding and seedling planting throughout the reserve.

Fencing areas off and establishing native groundcovers and understorey layers will help to restore the vegetation that existed prior to the tornado, reducing exotic grasses and improving biodiversity within the Reserve.

The Woka Wolla work team from Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation were contracted to construct the fencing, and will be assisting with weed and pest management and revegetation activities.

Aboriginal cultural sites within the Reserve have also been assessed as part of the Sand Ridge Woodland Project and are in the process of being registered on the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS) to ensure ongoing protection.

Corowa Shire Council recognises and thanks all agencies involved in the restoration of the Reserve and look forward to the next stage of restoration.

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