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River repair bus drives habitat restoration

The OzFish Sunraysia River Repair Bus is doing its bit to help revitalise habitat along the River Murray in north west Victoria.
Published: 14 December 2021

MDBA staff, Lauren McLeod and Julianne Tanner admire the OzFish Sunraysia River Repair Bus. Credit: Owen Russell, MDBA
MDBA staff, Lauren McLeod and Julianne Tanner admire the OzFish Sunraysia River Repair Bus. Credit: Owen Russell, MDBA

Ozfish works to raise awareness amongst recreational fishers of the importance of habitat for our native fish species and encourage fishers to get involved in habitat restoration and protection.

Recently representatives from the MDBA gathered alongside other natural resource managers and volunteers in Mildura, Victoria to celebrate the success of the bus, which is OzFish’s second river repair bus.

The bus commenced work in the area during 2020 and one year on it has clocked up some impressive achievements, including:

  • 1.5 km of track and cultural heritage maintenance
  • 3 km of riparian fencing repairs
  • 85 km of waterway habitat mapped
  • 9 trailer loads of weeds controlled
  • over 10 tonnes of rubbish collected

The Sunraysia River Repair Bus is funded by the Australian Government’s 2020 Murray–Darling Basin Economic Development grant program and supported by OzFish’s corporate partner BCF, as well as the Victorian and New South Wales Governments.

Person cleaning up rubbish in a woodland area.
Cleaning up the river. Photo: OzFish

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