Macquarie River fish habitats to be protected by River Repair bus

Trashed: The River Repair Bus pulling abandoned trollies away from Macquarie River on one of it's clean-up runs. Photo: Contributed.
Trashed: The River Repair Bus pulling abandoned trollies away from Macquarie River on one of it's clean-up runs. Photo: Contributed.

OzFish Unlimited, a not-for-profit group dedicated to to the preservation of the region's waterways, have received a significant boost in funding that will help the Macquarie River.

The group, which operates a River Repair Bus, has received funding from BCF through the company's 'Give Back to Habitat' initiative.

OzFish Director and President of the Inland Waterwards OzFish group Matt Hansen says the funding will allow OzFish to 'plan a big future for the bus, and for the river'.

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According to OzFish, the group's efforts have already resulted in over 7000 trees being planted and maintained along the river, along with weed and erosion control measures across a 40km stretch.

In addition, the group have removed over 180 trailer-loads worth of rubbish, including mattresses, tyres, trolleys, syringes, cars, fast food packaging and general waste.

Funded: The River Repair bus was made possible with funding from BCF and other sponsors of the Burrendong Easter Fishing Classic. Photo: Contributed.

Funded: The River Repair bus was made possible with funding from BCF and other sponsors of the Burrendong Easter Fishing Classic. Photo: Contributed.

Mr Hansen puts the program's success down to the bus' staff, who consist of both paid technical staff who plan out the habitat revival work as well as Work for the Dole participants, many of whom have moved back into paid employment after training on the bus.

"I get excited when I see young people engaged with restoring the environment, making a real difference and then going on to get employed," Mr Hansen said.

"It's also a real credit to our head supervisor of the bus, David Harris, who has been integral in executing the on-ground works so far. "

The River Repair Bus, purchased with proceeds from the Lake Burrendong Easter Fishing Classic, with support from BCF and hundreds of other sponsors, is just one part of the partnership between OzFish and BCF.

Individuals looking to donate to the cause can do so online at ozfish.org.au or in-store at any BCF in Australia.