The Nerang Riverkeepers Group works within the middle Nerang catchment. The group was formed in 2000 by local residents in order to promote community appreciation for the river. The group aims to improve public interest in tackling some of the river's main threats like weed invasion through improved public access.
The group was formed originally to tackle issues such as weed infestation and dumping of residential rubbish in Kirkendale Environmental Park, Nerang. Building on their success at this site the Riverkeepers have since completed goals such as the removal of weed infestations of Cats Claw and Madeira vine in Hurst Park. The Riverkeepers have also helped to improve habitat, mitigate erosion and manage weeds in a number of other sites in the area. It has also been involved in projects with Main Roads Queensland. The group is currently operating at Weedons Crossing working toward further restoration of the river.
The Riverkeepers objectives include:
- restoring remaining vegetation within working sites
- improvement of habitat diversity
- protection of riparian zones from erosion
- promotion of regeneration of local endemic species
- provide learning opportunities in natural areas restoration
- strengthening of community relations
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