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Fishy business for river


IMPROVEMENTS: Harrietville Community Forum vice chair Brian Eddy and chair John Atkins were thrilled to receive a grant to improve fish habitats near Harrietville. PHOTO: Vanessa Burgess

By VANESSA BURGESS


A SECTION of the Ovens River near Harrietville is set to be transformed into a perfect fish habitat.

The fish population in the Ovens River dropped dramatically following the 2012/13 fires and floods and the Harrietville Community Forum Inc (HCF) recently obtained a $35,200, grant to create improved fish habitats.

The grant was obtained through the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) Fisheries Recreational Fishing Grants Program, and will be used to improve a one-and-a-half kilometre section of the Ovens River from Frosty Corner back towards Harrietville

HCF vice chairperson Brian Eddy said the HCF was thrilled to receive the funding and said the HCF would be working closely with the North East Catchment Management Authority (NECMA) throughout the project.

"We are extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to help restore such an important part of our natural and social environment," he said.

"The money will basically be used on contractors via NECMA who will supervise all the works.

"There are many sections of the Ovens River which are wide, very shallow and have a flat uniform bed, devoid of snags, rocks and other fish habitats.

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