Wildlife friendly riparian fencing combines natural resource management with best practice farm management to protect native vegetation, wetlands and riparian areas. More than 13 km of fencing on the Andromache River has protected almost 24 hectares of riparian land.
Summary of progress
The Andromache River flows 46 kilometers from the highlands of the Clarke Connor range before joining the downstream reaches of the O’Connell River. Eighty percent of the catchment is dominated by grazing with a small amount of land under cane production toward the coastal flats. The remaining 17% of the catchment is National Park and reserve.
In 2007 the ecological health of the Andromache River catchment area was rated as amongst the highest in the region. Since that time significant efforts have be made to improve agricultural management. River condition mapping has provided an excellent foundation from which to develop future works that will improve ecosystem health.
Grazing and cane management practices that reduce particulate phosphorous loads are the highest priority for improving event water quality in the Andromache River catchment area. Management practices that reduce total suspended sediment are a moderate priority.
System repair actions for flow, barrier removal and instream habitat and riparian vegetation important are the highest priority. A significant increase towards investment in active management and restoration of instream habitat and riparian vegetation is required to enable fish communities to gain the maximum benefits from the improvement in water quality.