WORKS will commence to repair and rehabilitate damaged riverbank at Blackmans Point.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams, said the riverbank foreshore stabilisation project at Blackmans Point is being undertaken by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment - Crown Lands. The NSW government is investing $335,000 in the project.
"The foreshore at Blackmans Point is a beautiful stretch of the Hastings River that is a popular spot for both locals and visitors to the area," Mrs Williams said.
"We want to ensure this area can be protected against estuarine erosion that has been undermining a large section of the riverbank and threatening the foreshore.
"About 895 metres of rock-fillets will be installed along the riverbank to help stabilise and protect it from erosion.
"The department has already completed $150,000 in stage one work and is now preparing for stage two work that will see a further $185,000 invested to complete the installation of protective rock fillets."
Mrs Williams said the department is liaising with nearby residents to install new access points at the riverbank to ensure safe and easy passage to the waterfront.
"Two new access points will be constructed and improvements will also be made to pedestrian access to an existing boat ramp at the site.
"Stage two work is expected to get underway soon and will take about three weeks to complete."
Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said protection and enhancement of key Crown lands like Blackmans Point was vital to support the amenity of community land.
"All up, about 1,800 tonnes of quarry rock is being installed along the riverbank at Blackmans Point to halt bank erosion and promote mangrove regeneration," Mrs Pavey said.
"The riverbank protection project also involves the removal of an old timber and tyre revetment wall and dilapidated and unsafe timber stairs at the site that are failing.
"Once the project is completed local residents and visitors to Blackmans Point will benefit from an enhanced foreshore area for many years to come."
Meanwhile, Local Land Services is urging landholders to be on the lookout for riverbank erosion.
Spokesperson Louise Orr said erosion damage on riverbanks, floodplains and gullies can be significant after large flooding events.
"Erosion damage is often accelerated after severe flooding, particularly if there is limited vegetation in place to bind the soil together," Ms Orr said.
"Now that flood waters have receded, repairing and the ongoing management of riparian zones is crucial to the long-term recovery process.
"Landholders can reduce erosion on their properties by keeping stock away from the bank edge and out of the riparian zone, which could be done with fencing.
"Planting a mixture of native vegetation to maintain and widen the riparian zone is also helpful as pasture grass alone does very little to protect riverbank soil from flood events.
"It's also important that weeds are effectively managed as they can outcompete the native vegetation in these riparian zones, which leaves the banks susceptible to erosion.
"These measures will not only help damaged riverbanks, floodplains and gullies recover, but will also ensure they are better protected against future flooding events.
"Local Land Services is here to offer advice for landholders to help manage erosion, so do not hesitate to reach out for assistance."
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