Shire River Trust looks at erosion near abattoir
EROSION problems plaguing Carey's Abattoir in Yangan are a widespread issue, Warwick Shire River Improvement Trust member Ross Bartley has said.
Mr Bartley brought the issue of Greg Carey's slipping creek banks to the attention of the WSRIT, and said he was very concerned about the potential for infrastructure loss due to the damage.
"I am regarding it is a very high priority because of the economic factors around Carey's, which is one of our bigger, privately-owned abattoirs," he said.
The impact of this year's floods has been more damaging to the creek banks than the 2010-11 floods and Mr Bartley said this was due to the extremely dry conditions of late.
"This time it was a lot worse because of the six-month dry period we had beforehand and tipping water through dry soil is like running a hot knife through butter," he said.
Mr Bartley said he often encountered the problem in farming properties rich in black soil, but said it was rare to see it encroach on a building, as it did at Carey's.
Despite the severity of the problem, Mr Bartley said he was optimistic a solution could be achieved, but the cost would be substantial.
"The river trust has such good members with great local knowledge on how the stream flows and those heads can come up with a great solution," he said.
Mr Bartley said ways to help reduce the impact of erosion were planting kikuyu grass along the banks and trees further back.
"We encourage people to plant trees, but not in the creeks, up on the banks and away from the creek," he said.
"If they are near the creek they get pulled in and becomes a piece of debris and often and destructive piece of debris."
Willow trees lining river banks were removed in a statewide program in the '60s. Mr Bartley said if the trees are removed today, the root remains intact, to assist with stability.