Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Owning Riverfront Land 'A Privilege'

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Owning Riverfront Land 'A Privilege'

Article excerpt

WHAT a privilege it is to have a private riverfront property and enjoy the obvious benefits of private recreational use, such as fishing, swimming, canoeing, family barbecues, in addition to your chosen agriculture pursuit.

Along with the privilege comes responsibility during your time as a custodian. After all, no-one truly owns their patch but we are all custodians and carers of a property until it passes to the next custodian, whether within the family or someone new.

Riparian zones along the rivers and creek edges need to be respected and maintained. Farmers often restrict access, by fencing the area off from livestock. Weed control becomes a major issue to the farmer, who can get local assistance through such authorities as a regional Landcare group and the Orara River Rehabilitation Project. Both contribute greatly to the overall health and good water quality our river systems enjoy.

Fish species that inhabit our local river system are eastern cod, bass and catfish. …

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