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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 00:00

Landholders unite in Martindale Creek

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Landholders unite in tackling noxious weeds along Martindale Creek

Martindale Creek winds its way through agricultural properties along the valley floor at Martindale, near Denman. This is a beautiful part of the world, surrounded by native-vegetation-covered ridges that creep all the way down to the alluvial flats where farming has made its claim on the land. Sometimes dry as a bone, sometimes swollen with rainwater runoff, this creek is an important part of life in Martindale. But the creek is being choked by an invasion of Green Cestrum (Cestrum parqui) and African Boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum).

The Stepping Stones Project is working with landholders along Martindale creek to bring these two weeds under control. From a single point of contact with one property owner, interest in the project has spread and Stepping Stones has been able to support weed control projects across 13 properties stretching 15 km along the creek.  The success of this project is evidenced in the Thanks received from the owner of Manooka Park, Mr Franks, for performing “…some minor miracles along the creek bank … and some invaluable advice regarding continuing the fight against these pests…”

Recognising that the creek knows no boundary lines and what’s at the top will eventually spread to the bottom, these landholders have united to form the Martindale Creek Landcare Group with the aim of supporting one another to maintain and extend the works initiated by Stepping Stones.