Second day of community sandbagging at Nobles Rocks (Long Swamp) a big success!
On Sunday, a slightly smaller but very dedicated and energetic crew of volunteers headed down to Nobles Rocks, to pick up where we left off on Thursday.
And what can I say – the results speak for themselves!
Over 1000 sandbags later on Sunday, and we are really starting to get somewhere… In fact, we have now reached an elevation roughly equivalent to the Phase 1 structure, lifting upstream levels in the channel by a total 52 cm since we started restricting flows on Thursday.
However, we are still about 50 cm below the height of the upstream, smaller Phase 2 structure, which means that we still have a considerable way to go yet before directly influencing water levels in the swamp proper. This is why the Phase 3 structure needs to be larger (to withstand extra head pressure of the water upstream, for our new target elevation) and wider (to tie in with a higher point in the dunes, we had no choice but to work where the channel is quite broad).
All of that means lots of sandbags to fill, lift and shift; but also some very satisfied volunteers, now seeing the the results of their hard work really taking shape before their eyes.
Thursday is shaping up to be a very interesting day in this restoration journey, so if you’d like to join us, please register with NGT’s Jess Bourchier on 0438 671 356 or by email.
We hope to see you then!
PS – If you’d like to see a timelapse video (another Lachie masterpiece!) of all the action from Sunday, please click here: NGT community sandbagging on Sunday 12th April 2015