Weed control initiative making a dream reality

“There is no downside.”

It is not something you often hear, but Brett Keeping, owner of Two Rivers Wines, is adamant it is the truth about the Stepping Stones weed control program.

“It is something all landholders should take advantage of,” he said.

But, what is the program all about?

“We intend to help landholders protect biodiversity by carrying out tree planting,

removing weeds and stock exclusion,” Great Eastern Ranges Stepping Stones project facilitator Kirsten McKimmie said.

“What we have been doing here is balloon vine control.”

A Conservation Volunteers Australia professional team has been on site for two weeks clearing weeds from a section of the Hunter River on the property and helping clear the way for the future.

“For us, it has been fantastic,” Mr Keeping said.

“It is setting us up to be able to be able to do the maintenance.”

Two Rivers have hopes of being able to continue clearing sections of the Hunter River so they can re-establish a picnic area on its banks, and even a walk along the waterway.

Mr Keeping said  without the help of the program they would still be a long way off making this dream a reality.

Property owners who have a section of the waterway on their land are encouraged to contact Kirsten McKimmie about eligibility for the free kick start.

She can be contacted on 0418 700 617, 6549 3785 or kirsten@gersteppingstones.org.au

MAKING PATHWAYS: Great Eastern Ranges Stepping Stones project facilitator Kirsten McKimmie and Two Rivers Wines owner Brett Keeping with members of Conservation Volunteers Australia team, who have been clearing passages to make the Hunter River on the Denman property more accessible, Sandy Benson, Lewis McPherson, Asher Mooney, Shawn Ryan, Rohanna Teiwsen.

MAKING PATHWAYS: Great Eastern Ranges Stepping Stones project facilitator Kirsten McKimmie and Two Rivers Wines owner Brett Keeping with members of Conservation Volunteers Australia team, who have been clearing passages to make the Hunter River on the Denman property more accessible, Sandy Benson, Lewis McPherson, Asher Mooney, Shawn Ryan, Rohanna Teiwsen.

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