Hard work pays off for Muswellbrook Shire Council, community groups and residents as Muscle Creek regenerated

MILESTONE: Join Muscle Creek Landcare members Tara Famularo, Paul Melehan and Stephen Thatcher for afternoon tea to celebrate the success of the Club to Club project.
MILESTONE: Join Muscle Creek Landcare members Tara Famularo, Paul Melehan and Stephen Thatcher for afternoon tea to celebrate the success of the Club to Club project.

MUSCLE Creek is looking a treat these days.

And, here's the reason why.

Over the past three years, Muswellbrook Shire Council, local clubs, community members and contractors have joined forces in a series of working bees to regenerate the area.

"The project is coming to an end this month and we are marking the occasion with two community events," council's sustainability officer Mick Brady said.

"This will be a celebration of how much the area has improved over the course of the development."

The project was a partnership funded jointly by council and the NSW Environmental Trust and involved volunteers from the local community, Muscle Creek Landcare group and contractors and supported by Remington Motor Inn, Muswellbrook and District Workers Club and Muswellbrook Golf Club.

"We invite everyone to be a part of the celebration of the revitalisation of Muscle Creek by coming along to an afternoon tea on either Wednesday, May 22, from 3.30pm-5.30pm (at Muscle Creek, Haydon Street) or Saturday, May 25, between 2pm and 4pm at the Girl Guides Hall in Wilkinson Ave," sustainability officer Tracy Ward added.

Muscle Creek was heavily infested by noxious and environmental weeds, including balloon vine, privet, willow, wandering dew, Madeira vine and morning glory, all exotic species that were smothering the native vegetation.

And, over a 24-month period, these weeds have been substantially reduced with local native species continuing to be planted to improve the habitat and a link to existing native species, such as the Hunter River red gum and white box-yellow box-Blakely's woodland.

The rehabilitation and restoration works will continue into 2020 with funding from the Fish Habitat Action Grant, funded through the Recreational Fishing Trust's Habitat Action Grant Program.

Contact the Sustainability Unit on 6549 3700 or sustainability@muswellbrook.nsw.gov.au to RSVP to the morning tea, for more information or to volunteer with the Muscle Creek Landcare group.