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Floodplain farming in the Richmond River catchment

Richmond flood weir being installedNorth Coast Local Land Services, in partnership with WetlandCare Australia and NSW DPI Fisheries, have just completed a major infrastructure installation on the Richmond Floodplain. The works are part of the Richmond Floodplain Management Project, is which is managed by WetlandCare Australia and focuses on floodplain infrastructure modification to improve soil health and pasture productivity, as well improve floodplain habitat for native species.

The infrastructure consists of a Hinged Gate Weir structure installed at Boggy Creek in the Bungawalbin catchment.

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer said, “The installation of the weir at Boggy Creek will result in productive pasture species, improved water management and control of acid sulphate soil discharge,” he said.

“North Coast Local Land Services is pleased to continue our important partnership with WetlandCare and provide funds from the National Landcare Programme to enable them to continue working with landholders on the Richmond floodplain.

Richmond flood weirEli Dutton of WetlandCare Australia said, “It was exciting to see the installation run smoothly and there was an immediate impact on water levels in the drainage channel.

“We are looking for landholders who wish to make improvements to their rural properties on the Richmond floodplain, in Ballina, Richmond Valley and Lismore local government areas.

“Properties need to have floodplain infrastructure, for example, drainage channels, floodgates, culverts, or have creek frontage.”

The Richmond Floodplain Management Project, supported by North Coast Local Land Services through funding from the National Landcare Programme, continues many years of hard work and expenditure on the Richmond floodplain by landholders, North Coast Local Land Services, WetlandCare Australia, Department of Primary Industries and Richmond River County Council.

If you are interested in finding out more about the project or  think you may have a suitable floodplain property, please contact Eli Dutton by email at  or call 1800 816 147.

Media contact:
Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer 6623 3927

Photo captions:
The Hinged Gate Weir structure will result in benefits such as improved water management.