Pounding out a new parkland in Carcoar

Carcoar’s Pound Flat has undergone a massive transformation over the past three years and now work is under way on the second phase of the REVIVE project.

Amity and Henry.

Amity and Henry.

Working upstream from the just under the Mid-Western Highway bridge, the project has seen the northern side of the river completely transformed thanks to some very heavy machinery. 

Brian Parker, Supervisor Parks and Recreation at Blayney Shire Council, is overseeing the project and he’s very excited about how quickly the landscape is being transformed.

Wilbur the water rat in the Belubula River.

Wilbur the water rat in the Belubula River.

Once a jungle of noxious weeds and introduced trees the bank is now a bed of mulch, new seedlings cloaked from the elements and pink painted poisoned stumps.

“There were lots of willows, blackberries, hawthorn, privet and it took one week to remove, chip and mulch it all,’ he said.

In place of the exotics the bank will now be planted out with casuarinas, bottle brushes, eucalypts and wattles. 

“We’ll also be planting lots of reeds and rushes along the bed to encourage water life,” Mr Parker said.

Quick work was made of the exotic weeds and trees.

Quick work was made of the exotic weeds and trees.

The schoolchildren from Carcoar Public School have been on hand to plant out some of the eucalypts along the bank.

The project has a two year life-span and has received from the Office of Heritage and Environment a grant of $54,265 and a contribution from Blayney Shire Council of $17,950.

The southern side of the bank will retain its deciduous trees as an acknowledgement of the part they play in the villages history.

“We wanted to keep the deciduous backdrop for the show society which is what Carcoar is all about with the early settlement,” he said.