In 2003/4 Benalla District Environment Group received funding for “The Rakali Project – Urban Living in a Healthier Waterway Habitat”.
Benalla District Environment Group (BDEG) instigated this project with the assistance of a dedicated committee. We were successful in receiving funding through the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority. This funding was through the State Government’s “Protecting and Repairing Our Water Resources” initiative and forms part of a larger project to improve flow and habitat in the Broken River.
The Rakali is the Aboriginal name for the Australian Water-rat (Hydromys chrysogaster). It is native and an iconic inhabitant of Lake Benalla and surrounding water-ways, most often glimpsed swimming on the surface of the water in the early morning or late afternoon. It is similar in size and colour to the platypus.
The Benalla Rural City community will have the opportunity to develop a greater commitment to the importance of maintaining and enhancing biodiversity and habitat of our waterways and the riparian zone.
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Spot the Rakali or Platypus
If you have seen either a platypus or Rakali (water rat) perhaps you could ring or write in to the Benalla Ensign or Benalla District Environment Group PO Box 642, Benalla, and tell us about it.
Our long term goals are to establish an ongoing working group, to provide further opportunity through community activities to raise awareness about the impacts of living around an urban waterway and develop positive changes towards a healthier waterway habitat in the Benalla urban environs. If you are interested in this project please contact BDEG, PO Box 642, Benalla VIC 3672.