Erosion Management on Melsonby 

Balnggarrawarra Rangers are concerned about how erosion is impacting on their country. Erosion not only damages roads, preventing access to cultural sites and land management activities but also has an effect on water quality and aquatic habitats. To combat this threat, the Rangers have begun an erosion mitigation program to lessen the amount of sediment run off and improve already degraded sites. With the help of Jeff Shellberg and Andrew Hartwig, Rangers learnt how to apply best practice road construction techniques on their highly erodible soils. Works have also begun constructing “drop structures” on sites with considerable erosion. Drop structures act like a dam for sediment. Sediment builds up against the drop structure so that in the future, vegetation can establish and naturally regenerate the site. It is hoped by improving erosion that there will always be a habitat for the big Barramundi and Jew fish down at the river.