reliable supply of clean water is the greatest challenge facing
Australia, followed by the maintenance of the maximum possible numbers
of different species of native flora and fauna.
Roland Rivercare (MRRCI) is helping to meet these challenges by
improving water quality, encouraging biodiversity and educating
the community in the long-term benefits of tese activities.
Mt Roland region is a sub-catchment of the Mersey River catchment.
The Dasher and Minnow Rivers are tributaries of the Mersey River
and are principally located in the Kentish municipality.
Dasher rises on the western end of Mt Claude, and the Minnow rises
at the saddle between Mt Roland and Mt Vandyke.
Minnow joins the Dasher just before its confluence with the Mersey
catchment is contained by the Mt Roland escarpment on the south,
Staverton, Roland, Nowhere Else and Lower Barrington to the west,
Lower Beulah on the east, and Badgers Range and Bonneys Tier in
the north east.
upper Don River catchment incorporates West Kentish, West Nook,
Barren Hill and Botts Gorge.
Dasher - Minnow catchment plan here
Roland Rivercare Catchment Incorporated developed from concerns
among residents of the catchment, particularly some with a long
history in the area, that the quality of the rivers and riparian
zones had deteriorated significantly in recent years, mainly due
to farming practices that failed to protect the rivers, and to increasing
levels of pollution.
Dasher and Minnow rivers and tributaries varied in condition from
unspoiled to seriously degraded, with erosion of banks and streambeds,
patches of massive infestation by willows and other weeds, and misguided
attempts to improve stretches of the Dasher by straightening, digging
channels, or undertaking earthworks. The rivercare group's aim was
to restore the rivers to a healthy state, concentrating on reducing
erosion, establishing natural vegetation, fencing to prevent stock
access and encouraging the return of native fauna.
submission for Natural Heritage Trust funding was successful, providing
Mt Roland Rivercare with approximately $350,000 over 2000/2003.
In 2004, MRRCI acted as the sponsoring body in applying for Envirofund
support for a project on the Don River.
Mt Roland catchment is a sub-catchment of the Mersey River catchment.
Over the period October 1999 to February 2000, NRM and Rivercare
Plans were developed for the Mersey Catchment by consultants in
consultation with the community and Government. The priorities established
in the process were used as the basis for on-ground works proposed
in the project and formed the basis for on-going works from 2002
Roland Rivercare acknowledges the support received from the following