• Working to make healthy
    waterways for better fishing
    and a better future

  • Working to make healthy
    waterways for better fishing
    and a better future

News

THIRTY local Indigenous people

1 June 2017

THIRTY local Indigenous people are now working “on country” along the Dubbo stretch of the Macquarie River thanks to innovative fundraising efforts from the Inland Waterways Rejuvenation Association (IWRA).

One of the largest “work for the dole” projects ever to be rolled out in the region, the participants will be working on local reserves to remove rubbish, plant native trees and eradicate invasive weeds.

The project has been made possible thanks to a partnership with Work-For-The-Dole provider, Sureway Employment and Training.

A call to action over 12 months ago to address the cities’ river pollution crisis came when the Devil’s Hole Reserve was choked with rubbish after heavy rainfall, with the Inland Waterways clean-up effort attracting volunteers from across the city.

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Security beefed up on local reserves

Security beefed up on local reserves

11 May 2017

Security cameras have been installed on public reserves, with those dumping rubbish in our local waterways set for a surprise as the public moves to stop those desecrating the banks of the Macquarie River. 

The River Repair Bus crew has been working hard to rid the Macquarie River of rubbish in recent weeks, with no shortage of ignorant tossers ensuring that the work is never ending. The crew even stumbled across a find that had them all quite simply gobsmacked, when they discovered a camper trailer dumped in the river, almost fully submerged underwater, on a local reserve not far from Dubbo. Presumed stolen and dumped, the camper van still looked to be in reasonable condition, all be it a little muddy and all but completely submerged with just the tow bar and annexe visible. 

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Dubbo Family Tree Planting Day

Dubbo Family Tree Planting Day

1 March 2017

The Inland Waterways are holding a Dubbo family tree planting day on Sunday 2nd April, and need the help of Dubbo families and children to try and get over 1,000 trees in the ground in a single day. The volunteer organisation invite the local community to Biddybunge Reserve to help plant native trees, with major sponsor Shimano coming to the party to help local fishers and environmentally minded members of the community improve around 700 metres of the riparian zone, that is critical for the river's health in the central Dubbo area.

“If we can get 100 Dubbo families to just plant 10 trees each, we will have 1,000 new trees in on the banks of the Macquarie River, no problems at all” , IWRA  Vice President, and Dubbo citizen of the year Mick O’Neill said.

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