Thousands of weeds on Bremer shores replaced by native plants
Rappelling landscapers removed hundreds of invasive weeds and cleared the bank under the Bradfield Bridge that connects Tulmur Place to the Riverlink Mall.
Work, which began in March, required concentrated weed removal along a 100-meter stretch of the Bremer River, including sections accessible only by pushing back harnesses attached to higher fixed points on the bank for more security.
The second stage of this work is now complete, which involved planting over 4,000 native plants along this section of the riverbank.
Environment and sustainability committee chair Councilor Russell Milligan said the intensive weeding and planting approach is part of the council’s ongoing Habitat Connections program.
“The banks of our incredible Bremer River have been identified as a priority area for rehabilitation, along with a number of other strategically important waterways through our city,” said Cr Milligan.
“Removing weeds and planting native vegetation provides natural improvements to our waterways, ranging from improving water quality and animal habitats to reducing erosion and degradation. flood damage. “
Environment and sustainability committee vice chairman Councilor Andrew Fechner said more than $ 100,000 will be invested each year to improve riparian vegetation across Ipswich.
“The Habitat Connections program has undertaken dozens of strategic works across Ipswich to beautify and restore our urban waterways and provide opportunities for community tree planting in waterway corridors,” said Cr Fechner.
“We must continue to manage and protect our stream banks as a vital natural buffer against flooding and to help protect against new weed infestations downstream. “
Castor oil, leucauna, and wisteria were among the weed species that were eliminated and replaced by native species such as blue gums, lomandras, bottle brushes, and silky oaks.
Some other unique native species such as the Ipswich floral emblem, Plunkett Mallee, and the endangered marsh tea tree have also been included in the species planted.
In the long term, Council plans to rehabilitate the entire municipal stretch of the Bremer River by regularly working on sections of the riverbank over time.