CPB is currently installing the first beams for the bridges over the Tarwin River, and hope to install the beams for the second bridge (the one you can see from the rail trail) in early 2022.
In the next few months CPB will also be working to pour the concrete decks and install the barriers for the new bridges, finish building the retaining walls, complete works to tie in the new road to the existing Highway.
CPB has advised that water quality monitoring shows the water quality of the river is in good health. Targeted fish monitoring for the Australian Grayling will occur during April 2023 and April 2024, upstream and downstream of the project site.
The Victorian Government lockdowns have made our bird monitoring groups smaller but we still have been able to run with a few dedicated volunteers.
The BSCW Project has been monitoring birds for approximately 2 years at the 3 Great Southern Rail Trail bridges south of Koonwarra. It is a lot of fun and even if you cannot identify many birds you are all welcome. It takes approximately 2 hours to do 3 X 20 minute bird surveys from the bridges and the walk to and from the Koonwarra Recreation ground where many of us park our cars. Anyone is welcome to join us. We will not be meeting in December however as our next birding outing is to the Meeniyan Wetlands bird hide. Normal monitoring resumes in January.