Community and environment to benefit from Mile Pool restoration
Released 25 Jun 2007
A once popular swimming hole on the Avon River that had become degraded has been restored through a collaborative project involving the dredging of tonnes of sediment and the restoration of the site.
Acting Program Manager for the Department of Water Bernard Kelly said the project funded by the Avon Catchment Council was the first of a series of sediment removal projects to restore sections of the Avon River.
"The Department of Water, Avon Catchment Council, Shire of Brookton and Seabrook Aboriginal Corporation worked together to organise the dredging of more than 3000 cubic metres of coarse sand from the base of the pool," Mr Kelly said.
"Clearing in the catchment had resulted in tonnes of sediment filling the pool, muddying the waters and destroying the biodiversity and recreational amenity of the site.
"Sedimentation and in-filling of river pools is a significant problem in the Avon River system as a consequence of previous river training works and past land use practices that involved desnagging, clearing and channelling the river.
"River pools are highly valued by the general community and also have special cultural significance to local Aboriginal communities.
"The project will mean that the community of Brookton and nearby towns will once again be able to enjoy the natural beauty of Mile Pool.
"Removing the sediment from this and other Avon river pools is also expected to have a range of environmental benefits including improving water quality, reducing the chance of algal blooms and improving the ecological health of waterways that act as important drought refuges during the summer months."
The project is supported by the State and Australian Governments through the Natural Heritage Trust and/or National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality program.
Elders of the Seabrook Aboriginal Corporation were on hand during the excavation process to monitor the work in case any artefacts were unearthed.
Mr Kelly also said a private consultant had been engaged to investigate the feasibility of marketing the river sand with the possibility of the material being used in construction activities.
He said it was hoped that on-going sediment clearing on the Avon River could become self funding through the use of the material for the building or horticultural industries.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441