Trentham's Coliban River gets makeover

Work is set to continue on weed removal and regeneration at the Coliban River in Trentham thanks to new funding.

Trentham and District Landcare was awarded $18,000 from the North Central Catchment Management Authority last week. 

Trentham and District Landcare member Michael Keaney said the team were hoping to improve the entrance to Trentham by working on the area around the historic Enders Bridge. 

ON THE COLIBAN: Trentham and District Landcare member Michael Keaney will be involved in continuing restoration works. Picture: Sandy Scheltema.

ON THE COLIBAN: Trentham and District Landcare member Michael Keaney will be involved in continuing restoration works. Picture: Sandy Scheltema.

We realized the entrance to Trentham could be improved if the area around the historic Enders Bridge was cleared of weeds and other introduced species,” he said. 

Trentham and District Landcare has been clearing weeds for the past two years with the help of funding from Hepburn Shire Council.

Mr Keaney said weed clearing has helped Trentham rediscover the Coliban River. 

“Before this weed removal you wouldn’t even know the Coliban River was there,” he said. 

“Our vision is that instead of looking at blackberries and willows and other weeds, there will be a view that reflects the way the river environment existed before European settlement.”

Trentham and District Landcare member Michael Keaney

New funding will go toward fencing the banks of the river to prevent stock invasion and enable native re-vegetation.

HARD AT WORK: Michael Keaney from Trentham and District Landcare on the Coliban River near Enders Bridge. Picture: Sandy Scheltema.

HARD AT WORK: Michael Keaney from Trentham and District Landcare on the Coliban River near Enders Bridge. Picture: Sandy Scheltema.

Mr Keaney said new fencing was a small part of a community effort involving the North Central Catchment Management Authority, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the Dja Dja Wurrung, Hepburn Shire Council, Upper Campaspe Landcare Network and private landowners. 

Weeding and regeneration work at the Coliban River is part of the Upper Campaspe Landcare Network biolink strategy which involves seven Landcare groups in the district working together on landscape scale projects.

Malmsbury and Tylden Landcare are also working on the Coliban and Little Coliban River. 

President of Upper Campaspe Landcare Network Alan Denehey said it was exciting to see Trentham Landcare continue restoration works.