10035: Protection and conservation of the Avon River within the York Shire

    The Avon River near the town of York. Courtesy Shire of York
    The Avon River near the town of York. Courtesy Shire of York

    The Avon River, with its many ephemeral watercourses, is one of the great rivers of Australia, with a catchment larger than the state of Tasmania. Its vast catchment (120 000 sq km) stretches from the coastal plain to Dalwallinu in the north, east beyond Southern Cross, and south beyond Lake Grace.

    Part of this great river system, which has many watercourses that only flow after rain events in winter and spring, passes through the Shire of York. The shire considers the protection and recovery of the river as a priority within their NRM program.

    With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project will fence off a section of the Avon River near the York town site to eliminate impacts from stock, inappropriate recreation and illegal dumping of rubbish and chemicals. These impacts have caused erosion, pollution and a reduction in native riparian vegetation and natural regeneration along the river.

    Investment: $ 5 760
    In-kind contribution: $ 2 000
    Other contribution: $ 5 303
    Delivery organisation: Shire of York
    Project duration: August 2011 - June 2012
    Location: Spencers Brook York Road, 4 km north-east of York

    Major project achievements

    • 800 metres of the Avon River has been fenced off to prevent unwanted access and associated negative environmental outcomes.

    Project partners

    Department of Water

    More information

    Shire of York (08) 9641 2233 or

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