Rivulet ready for revival

7 June 2023|Community News| Off Comments off on Rivulet ready for revival|

Ambitious plans to return the heavily concreted mouth of the New Town Rivulet to a more natural state, while also addressing the increasing risks of bank erosion, have been revealed.

With concrete around the mouth of the New Town Rivulet degrading badly and in desperate need of attention, the City of Hobart and Glenorchy City Council last month unveiled a plan that will make the rivulet mouth look more natural, with almost 10,000 native plants and trees brought in to create a natural wildlife corridor.

The project follows a 2021 review of the weir and the deteriorating concrete walls that line the mouth of the rivulet.

“This is an exciting project that will replace the degrading concrete walls that line the New Town Rivulet and start the process of returning this area to a natural estuarine landscape,” Hobart Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said the project would be a boon for local residents.

“This project will create beautiful walking tracks from the Queens Walk bridge up along both sides of the New Town Rivulet to the River Derwent,” she said.

“Almost 10,000 native plants and trees will be established to create a natural wildlife corridor. There will be formalised parking and access to the area will be improved for everyone.”

City of Hobart City Water portfolio chair Councillor Ben Lohberger said the area had been heavily modified since European settlement.

“The New Town Rivulet Estuary Project is an ambitious plan that will benefit not just local residents but also our aquatic wildlife and the health of the River Derwent,” Cr Lohberger said.

“As well as creating a beautiful, natural environment for everyone to enjoy this project it will help stabilise the rivulet embankments.”

Feedback on the project designs can be given through the Your Say Hobart website.

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