Big changes happening at Walka
If you have visited Walka Water Works in recent months you might have noticed some changes. Work began in July last year to rehabilitate the native vegetation on site using grant funding provided by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.
Current works involve removing weeds along the northern arm of the lake. Works are being undertaken in a staged process removing some sections of weeds but ensuring enough vegetation is still available for fauna to use as nesting sites and habitat. Planting of replacement native vegetation has been undertaken in the areas weeds were removed to maintain the diversity of the plant community.
Manager of Development & Environment David Simm says, ‘The staged process of weed removal recognises that in the absence of native vegetation, weeds play a large role in fulfilling the needs of habitat for fauna.
‘Native fauna, particularly birds, need vegetation to hide from predators, nest and provide food sources either through flowers or attracting insects. Once native vegetation has had a chance to recover, the weeds in that section will be removed.’
The project will run over two years and will result in the weeds along the northern arm of the lake being replaced with indigenous native vegetation.
In association with this project, an additional grant has also been used to create educational materials on the birds of Walka. This project has produced signage, an educational walk and a Walka Bird app which is available on Council's website. All materials produced aim to enhance the experience of the picturesque site. In coming months further signage will be provided to assist education on the native vegetation works.