Demonstration Reaches are large scale river reaches or wetlands where members of the community work with government and others to do a range of things to help native fish (for example restoring habitat, improving water quality and restoring migratory pathways). In this way, demonstration reaches show what we can do to restore our native fish communities and the health of our waterways when we really set out minds to it. They represent a coordinated approach to native fish rehabilitation on a broad scale, with an emphasis on strong direct community involvement.
The Demonstration Reach approach recognises the importance of engaging and empowering the community to create strong ownership and stewardship through the development of partnerships. For the Native Fish Strategy high profile reaches were selected – degraded but fixable – and where several threats could be addressed. The experience of running a Demonstration Reach has been brought together in Finbox which is a ‘toolbox’ that provides guidance and recommendations for how to establish a successful Demonstration Reach. In addition, we have now created a series of Infographics summarising the key outcomes of each of the Demonstration Reach projects which you can download (see below). For the full story behind each of the Demonstration Reaches keep exploring the Finbox!
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