Funding to help future farmers
By ADRIAN MILLER
A SECTION of Alumy Creek is set to be improved thanks to funding from the Howard Government's Envirofund.
Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA) and Clarence Valley Council Waterwatch facilitator Suzanne Lynch said the funding, worth a total of $16,000, would go a long way towards helping to improve the site.
"Currently the site is owned and managed by Grafton High School and is used extensively by students studying agriculture and primary industries," she said.
"The funding will be used to control stock access to the creek, remove exotic weeds, regenerate the riparian ecology and control stormwater run-off to the site."
As well as the Envirofund donation, two Grafton Rotary clubs will shortly begin a project at the site.
In partnership with council and Grafton High School, the clubs will under- take a regeneration project in the same section of Alumy Creek in recognition of the Centenary of Rotary International. The Rotary project involves replacing the camphor laurel trees in Fry and Queen streets with native trees and shrubs, constructing a public pathway along Queen Street, and planting clumps of natives within new tree guards on the school site.
"In time, we hope to promote this site as a demonstration site for best practice farm management," Mrs Lynch said.