Rehabilitation of Apex Park, Bathurst

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Apex Park is a recreational use area on the banks of the Macquarie River that has historically been popular with anglers and other passive recreational users such as swimmers. Over recent decades invasive weed species including Willow and Blackberry have dominated the riparian zone making access to the river by anglers and other recreational users difficult and uninviting and had a negative impact on aquatic habitat. Passive recreational use of the area had declined and been replaced in recent times by unsociable and illegal activities including rubbish dumping, four-wheel driving and motorbike riding. These activities have resulted in surface erosion and sediment input to the river, and solid and liquid waste entering the waterway, which have impaired the natural regeneration of native plant species. The park has been returned to a more user-friendly state, with improved waterway quality, better aquatic habitat through weed management and revegetation (3.175 hectares or 0.5 km of bank), and the installation of 430 m of vehicle control barriers to reduce erosion. Completed in 2012.

Organisation Bathurst Regional Council

Scott Nichols, Ph: (02) 6626 1396, email: [email protected]

Funding Body NSW Habitat Action Grant, in-kind support