ROAR (Rolling out all Resources) 2023

Rolling out all resources (ROAR) is the second project launched through Refreshing Central Billabong. The aim of ROAR is to restore one publicly visible Refreshing Rivers case study site, encourage community participation in waterway restoration and promote the 10-year Refreshing Central Billabong project.

Through community consultation the waterway species in focus is the eel-tailed catfish (Tandanus tandanus). ROAR is a pilot project which aims to increase the local catfish population through a variety of measures:

1. Monitoring and baseline survey of fish in the Billabong Creek at Conargo, September 2023

2. Controlling the carp population through electrofishing of a 5-10km stretch, September 2023. 

3. Revegetating  through riparian and instream planting, September 2023 - February 2024. 

4. Release of Golden perch, currently catfish cannot be released into waterways, February 2024.

5. Instream and riparian weed control, 2023-2024. 

Refreshing Central Billabong is part of the Refreshing Rivers Program, a collaboration between the government, industry, research, and community organisations, led by Local Land Services. The program has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.