Hollands Creek Demonstration Reach

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Demonstration Reaches are large scale river reaches or wetlands where several management interventions and monitoring is undertaken to display the cumulative benefits of river rehabilitation on native fish populations. The Hollands Creek Demonstration Reach is located south east of Benalla, Victoria. It spans approximately 20 kilometres of Hollands Creek from the Swanpool Bridge in Tatong upstream to the confluence with Spring Creek. The aim of the Hollands Creek Demonstration Reach is to improve the habitat conditions for the local fish community by utilising a series of river rehabilitation measures to enhance stream health. Hollands Creek was chosen as a Demonstration Reach because of its native fish species which includes a remnant population of the nationally threatened Macquarie Perch. Several threats to the long-term survival of the Hollands Creek fish community have been identified, including poor water quality, stock access, weeds, introduced fish, channel modification and de-snagging, reduced water flows, poor riparian vegetation. Rehabilitation strategies include: removal of blackberries and willows, fencing, riparian revegetation, re-snagging, installing rock bars, community education and signage. Major outcomes of these actions include: improved aquatic habitat conditions of the Hollands Creek, diverse and abundant native fish populations, enhanced opportunity for fish population connectivity, and aware and engaged local communities.

Organisation Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Murray-Darling Basin Authority, Hollands Creek community around Tatong

Scott Raymond, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Arthur Rylah Institute, ph. (03) 9450 8600

Funding Body Murray-Darling Basin Authority The Living Murray program