Hyams Creek restoration begins

Kiama Council

Aerial maop of Hyams Creek Revival Project area

Kiama Council and South East Local Land Services are collaborating on a new project to restore the Hyams Creek riparian corridor through Jamberoo.

Hyams Creek has been degraded through erosion by livestock, and the invasion of large coral trees and other woody weeds, which are choking the waterway.

This is also threatening existing native species, as well as the general biodiversity, along the creek.

Restoration work has already been done on private land on the Western bank, including fencing to keep livestock out.

Council next week begin restoring the Eastern bank, spraying lantana and kikuyu.

The next step will be removing the coral trees, lantana and other weeds.

Once the trees and weeds are removed, jute mat will be laid out for future weed control.

The area will then be planted out with endemic native species such as River she oak, Forest red gum, Lilly pilly, Red Ash, Grey Myrtle and Sandpaper fig.

The first stage near the Churchill St bridge is due to be completed by July 2022.

Improving the water quality of Hyams Creek will have local environmental benefits for Jamberoo.

It will also provide flow on benefits to the Minnamurra River estuary.

Improving the water quality of Hyams Creek, a tributary of Minnamurra River, is an objective of the Minnamurra River Coastal Zone Management Plan.

South East Local Land Services is providing funding assistance under the South Coast Riparian Corridors Project 2020-2021.

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