Belmore Downs work begins design phase
Remediation will focus on six highly-active gullies that cover 45ha on a small tributary of the Bowen River, which enters Bowen River 1.5km downstream. The gullies are yielding approximately 5000 tonnes of fine sediment each year and are expanding at an accelerated rate.
The technical designs are being prepared by engineering firm Neilly Group.
The landholder has been involved throughout the project development process. Preliminary work undertaken included:
- a cultural heritage survey and impact assessment;
- approvals for vegetation clearing and waterway barrier works; and
- flora and fauna studies.
Following remediation, it is expected there will be:
- improvements in vegetation, cover and biomass, and soil condition;
- reductions in erosion and gully retreat rates; and
- improvements in water quality because more sediment is being trapped.
Following on-ground works, the site will be monitored. The site will be fenced and stock excluded until groundcover is established.
Works are expected to be carried out next year, in 2023.
Lyndall Marshall from Faunalink Ecological (pictured left in the photograph above) and Kristine Ihme from Neilly Engineering conducted a flor and fauna survey on Belmore Station, including the little creatures that only appear at night.