The importance of riparian health is the subject of a new brochure which was launched by MRCCC Chairman, Ian Mackay, at Day 2 of the Rivercare Forum on the 22nd August 2013. The highly informative Mary River brochure was developed by Cooran creative designer Liz Capelin as a component of the Mary River Restoration Stories Project, which is funded by the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country Program. As well as highlighting why riparian health is important, the Mary River Brochure also celebrates two decades of riparian rehabilitation in the Mary Catchment, and reflects on challenges faced and lessons learned.
Riparian health refers to the health of every living thing on the banks of a natural watercourse. In the Mary Catchment, many threatened plants and animals depend on a healthy riparian zone. These include the Mary River cod, the Giant barred frog, the Mary River Turtle and the Australian Lungfish. The riparian zone is also important in the estuary where mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses stabilise sand and riverbanks, and are essential for many species of fish, dugong, marine turtles and migratory birds.
Call in to the MRCCC Office in Gympie to collect your free copy of the brochure or you can request a copy of the brochure to be mailed out.