The Border Watch : January 31st 2014
NEWS TIPS firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS 5 River project gains global attention Glenelg revitalisation effort shortlisted for international award BLA AN nelia ACKIE ANELIA email@example.com NELSON residents have their fingers crossed in the hope a Glenelg River project will win an international award later this year. The Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority project is in line for the International Riverprize after winning the national prize last year. Victorian Premier Denis Napthine celebrated the national achievement on the Nelson riverbank on Friday, wishing the community good luck in the 2014 International Riverprize to be announced in September. Over the past decade, the awardwinning project involved 628 landholder families and 1600km of fencing to prevent stock from damaging the river channel and fouling water quality. More than 500,000 trees were planted and direct seeding was undertaken over 770km. Dr Napthine said when the project was launched the river was in a poor ecological state with low flows, poor water quality, loss of habitat and weed and carp invasion. “Today, native fish stocks have increased by over 150pc in the restored river reaches with overall improved ecosystem health across the catchment,” he said. “I applaud the efforts of the CMA and the hundreds of landowners who have helped transform the river system.” Nelson resident Christina Loras, who was one of the landowners involved in the project, joined the premier in the celebrations. AWARD HOPE: Victorian Premier Denis Napthine (centre) holds the national Riverprize that was won for a restoration project to improve the health of the Glenelg River. He visited Nelson on Friday with Mike Wagg (left) and Kevin Wood from the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, which undertook the project. The community now hopes to win the international Riverprize. “On my land, once it was fenced off from stock, I have started to see a lot more frogs and an increase in woolly tea trees, which are orangebellied parrot habitat,” she said. The national award earned the Glenelg Hopkins CMA $150,000, which will now be used to investigate the Lower Glenelg Estuary and neighbouring Long Swamp at Nelson as a potential Ramsar site. With the neighbouring Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park already listed as a Ramsar site, the Victorian premier said he was keen to work across the border with South Australian authorities. “There is global significance Drug driving charge laid A MOUNT Gambier woman will face court after allegedly driving with cannabis and methamphetamine in her system. The 44-year-old woman tested positive to both drugs when police stopped her on Laird Street at 1.30am on Thursday for a random screening. A small bag of cannabis was also found in the car. She was reported for drug driving and issued with a cannabis infringement notice. In other police news, a Mount Gambier man stopped in Varley Street at 10pm on Tuesday night for a random driver screening test returned a positive result for methamphetamine. The 49-year-old’s oral fluid sample will be sent for further testing Pending confirmation of the result, he will be reported for driving under the influence of a prescribed drug and summonsed to face court. Meanwhile, a 55-year-old woman was reported on Wednesday night for cultivating cannabis after police found seven plants growing in her backyard. Both women will be summonsed to appear in the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court. Garden produce shared THE Mount Gambier Fruit and Vegetable Swap will be held on Saturday at the Mount Gambier Library veranda. The swap meet begins at 10am and will finish at 10.30am and is based on sharing rather than trading. Growers are invited to take any excess produce, eggs, seedlings/cuttings or herbs to swap for local home-grown produce. There is no weighing or calculating and no money changes hands. Any excess produce is donated to the Sunset Kitchen. THOUGHT YOU MISSED OUT ON A GREAT AUSTRALIA DAY SALE? BIRCH TREES $59.95 3 SILVER OR $23.95 EA NECTARINES MINIATURE PEACH & $29.95* TO CLEAR! YOU HAVEN’T! EXTENDED UNTIL 1/2 5PM SUNDAY Cool Climate Bananas and Paw Paw. of both in stock! AUTUMN BLAZE $31.95 LIPSTICK MAPLE BARGAIN! New batch FRUIT TREES PRICE!* ORNAMENTAL PEARS 1/2 PRICE or 10 for $399* OPEN 10AM-5.30PM TUES-SUN • www.gardenarium.com.au *conditions apply GARDENARIUM 639712 The Border Watch, Friday, January 31, 2014 - 5 LIQUIDAMBAR TREES TO CLEAR! $27.60 MOP TOP TREES REDUCED TO CLEAR!* FAREWELL TONI AND GOOD LUCK FOR THE FUTURE! Bay Road, MOUNT GAMBIER (1.3kms South of the Blue Lake) Phone 8723 1325 for a site to be Ramsar listed and that includes increased tourist visitation and economic benefits,” he said. “It has long been an issue for the Victorian Government to get tourists on the Great Ocean Road to pass Warrnambool and come to Mount Gambier and travel along the Limestone Coast coastline.” With more tourists showing interest in environmental aspects when on tour, Dr Napthine said if the earmarked area at Glenelg River could achieve Ramsar recognition, it could become a major tourist drawcard due to its location near Piccaninnie Ponds. Pictures: ANELIA BLACKIE CELEBRATING: Nelson landowner Christina Loras celebrated the success of a restoration project along the Glenelg River.
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