Project summaries - 2004 Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants
|2004 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants|
|Organisation||Project title||Amount $|
|Awaba Bay Landcare Group||Restoration and rehabilitation of estuarine habitat at Awaba Bay||13,347|
|Bankstown Bushland Society Inc||Restoring shale-sandstone transition forests of the Mid Georges River||46,070|
|Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group||Rehabilitating Big Scrub Rainforest remnants||99,728|
|Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc||Restoring threatened lowland habitats in the Brunswick Valley||92,716|
|Burraneer Park Bushcare Group||Rehabilitation and protection of the foreshore of Burraneer Park||16,500|
|Cape Byron Headland Reserve Trust||Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct restoration project||29,219|
|East Ballina Landcare Incorporated||Asparagus control to protect a threatened high conservation value coastal heath corridor||6,300|
|EnviTE NSW||Richmond River, Casino - riparian restoration project||82,053|
|Ewey Creek Bushcare Group||Rehabilitation and conservation program for Ewey Creek||12,999|
|Friends of Lane Cove National Park Inc||Restoration and appreciation of endangered blue gum high forest||67,400|
|Friends of the Colo Inc||Willow control and monitoring in the Colo River and its catchments||39,701|
|Glen and Kookangarra Reserves Bushcare Groups||Rehabilitation and access upgrade for bushland in Bonnet Bay||12,600|
|Green Gully Landcare Association Inc||Greening up the gully broad scale salinity remediation||100,000|
|Katoomba Creek and Minnehaha Falls Bushcare Groups||Protecting riparian communities from post-fire weed invasion||86,724|
|Macdonald Valley Association||MVA black willows eradication project||75,375|
|Mid Macquarie Landcare||Restoration and rehabilitation of vegetation and biodiversity in the Mid Macquarie Landcare Region||100,000|
|Mighty Duck River Restoration Collective||Protection of endangered remnants and wetland at Duck River stage 3||59,825|
|Mourawaring Moors Bushcare||Habitat restoration - Mourawaring Moors - Bouddi National Park||11,180|
|Murrumbidgee Wetlands Working Group Inc||Restoring the Coonancoocabil Lagoon complex, Murrumbidgee floodplain||100,000|
|Nari Nari Tribal Council||NNTC revegetation project||21,245|
|Nature Conservation Working Group||Extending curlew populations and habitat across the Murray||94,580|
|NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers Incorporated||Riparian and in-stream habitat restoration project - Upper Molong Creek||68,110|
|Parklands Albury Wodonga||Padman Park habitat restoration||36,500|
|Pittwater Natural Heritage Association||Restoration of coastal dune vegetation, Mona Vale Beach||33,060|
|Popes Glen Bushcare Group||Restoration of degraded riparian corridor and silt plug, Popes Glen||7,950|
|Riverina Highlands Landcare Network||Protect and enhance riparian habitat for the Boorolong frog||40,475|
|Silver Beach Dunecare Group||Rehabilitation and protection of Kurnell Dune Forest at Bonna Point||7,500|
|Singleton Shire Landcare Network Inc||Implementation of catchment and rivercare plans in the Upper Hunter||99,860|
|Tuggerah Lake Reserve Trust||Tuggerah Lakes habitat restoration project||27,840|
|Upper Clarence Combined Landcare||Riparian rehabilitation and stream bank stabilisation, Peacock Creek, NSW||37,640|
|Upper Clarence Combined Landcare||Upper Duck Creek strategic sub catchment weed control and regeneration||21,750|
|Upper Clarence Combined Landcare||Riparian rehabilitation and stream bank stabilisation, Boomi Creek, NSW||91,833|
|Wagga Wagga Landcare Group||Restoring wildlife habitat along the Murrumbidgee River||78,290|
|Wamberal Lagoon Bushcare||Preservation of dune system and littoral rainforest, Wamberal||30,492|
|Western Murray Land Improvement Group Inc||Murrakol western-billabong restorations and rehabilitation project||99,205|
Awaba Bay Landcare Group Restoration and rehabilitation of estuarine habitat at Awaba Bay Grant: $13,347
The objectives of this project are to reduce the loss of biodiversity and native vegetation due to invasion by weeds. The project will employ professional contractors to assist volunteer bush carers in the rehabilitation of Awaba Bay in Lake Macquarie Conservation Area. Weeds will be removed in an ecologically sustainable manner and work with the resilience of the site. Seed will be collected from the site to propagate plants for revegetation.The Awaba Bay portion of Lake Macquarie SCA consists of 43.2 hectares of dry sclerophyll forest and encompasses 1.6 kilometres of Lake Macquarie foreshore. It contains several gullies that drain into Lake Macquarie. Awaba Bay is locally significant for it's natural and cultural heritage. It is one of the last remnants of foreshore bushland in the northern part of Lake Macquarie. The project will concentrate on the gullies and involve monitoring of natural regeneration.
Bankstown Bushland Society Inc
Restoring shale-sandstone transition forests of the Mid Georges River
Shale-sandstone transition forest is an association listed as endangered under the TSC Act. It is of very restricted occurrence in Western Sydney, surviving along the mid Georges River in disjunct remnants between Milperra and Padstow, each displaying a distinct floral assemblage within the type. This habitat is species rich, combining species of the shale-sandstone interface, a number of which are of local and regional significance e.g. Luzula flaccida, Caladenia fuscata, Cryptandra propinqua and Notelaea ovata. It is the aim of this project to prioritise habitat restoration in key areas by means of stabilising boundaries, rationalising access and eliminating weed propagates.
Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group
Rehabilitating Big Scrub Rainforest remnants
This project continues the vitally important and successful rehabilitation of Big Scrub remnants carried out in previous projects as part our group's highly successful long-term Big Scrub Rainforest restoration program that started in 1995 and received the 2001 NSW Landcare Gold Award for Bushcare Nature Conservation.
The project will be run in parallel with the NHT 2 Big Scrub high conservation value vegetation restoration project in which our group has a key role. The project involves; starting primary weed control in three remnants, continuing primary and follow-up weed control in six remnants and continuing follow-up weed control in another six remnants; expanding the area of two remnants by framework plantings that facilitate natural regeneration; building community capacity and publicising the project and Big Scrub restoration generally through field days, the Big Scrub Rainforest Day, our newsletter and website and in the media; monitoring progress and outcomes of the project and exercising strong financial and administrative control over the project activities.
Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc
Restoring threatened lowland habitats in the Brunswick Valley
This project will restore and connect over 15 kilometres of creek/riverbank high biodiversity vegetation and over 6 hectares of corridor habitat in the Brunswick River catchment. Nine targeted areas have been identified for riparian restoration and habitat enhancement over three years using skilled regenerators working with Brunswick Valley Landcare (BVL) Inc "locality groups" to broaden their skills base. A BVL subcommittee and project coordinator will manage the project. This work will be of significant environmental benefit in conserving Lowland Rainforest on floodplain, an endangered ecological community, and restoring ecosystems that support the highest biodiversity and number of threatened species in NSW.
Brunswick Valley Landcare (BVL) Inc will use the projects positive environmental outcomes to educate the broader community of processes that threaten the natural environment in the Brunswick River catchment. This community capacity building will enable new landcarers to become self sufficient in practical environmental restoration into the future.
Burraneer Park Bushcare Group
Rehabilitation and protection of the foreshore of Burraneer Park
This is stage 3 of an ongoing project to protect the endangered ecological community, littoral rainforest, in the 5.78 hectares site of Burraneer Park. There are a number of problems in the reserve. Bush regeneration is a major component of the grant funding to remove weeds and encourage natural regeneration of the littoral rainforest species. Erosion of the main walking track is causing subsequent sedimentation of Burraneer Bay on Port Hacking and funds are available to upgrade the track. The project includes rehabilitation of the degraded areas beside the track and numerous small sidetracks that have opened up the bushland.
Cape Byron Headland Reserve Trust
Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct restoration project
The project site is located on the slopes adjacent to the Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct. Dense infestations of serious environmental weeds including lantana, bitou bush, madeira vine and mother of millions are degrading littoral rainforest vegetation communities which host threatened and ROTAP - listed flora species. Trained, qualified bush regenerators will be assisted by volunteers to carry out bush regeneration, restoring the structural and floristic diversity of the site and improving habitat values for threatened fauna. Terracing will be installed on steep, erosion-prone slopes prior to weed removal and trees will be planted in areas of low resilience to supplement natural regeneration. A stormwater dissipation system will be installed to mitigate stormwater discharge from the precinct area, which is causing ongoing soil erosion and degradation of high conservation value vegetation.
East Ballina Landcare Incorporated
Asparagus control to protect a threatened high conservation value coastal heath corridor
The 57 hectares East Ballina Crown Reserve includes over 30 hectares of high conservation value coastal heath corridor, it is a rare and threatened species habitat and a rapidly disappearing Far North Ecosystem. The land abuts suburban development and a 2003 Vegetation Management Plan identifies it as under real and immediate threat from spreading Asparagus aethiopicus (ground asparagus). The rehabilitation project progressively removes that threat over three years through successive stages of herbicide application (Metsulfhuron methyl) on the densest 7-10 hectares by registered/experience contractors, supplemented by ongoing hand removal of sporadic infestations by Landcare volunteers.
Richmond River, Casino - riparian restoration project
The project aims to restore a significant area (770 metres, 2.9 hectares) of riparian vegetation on the banks of the Richmond River at Casino. This high profile site is currently heavily weed infested and access is difficult. Restoration potential is high. The project will provide environmental and community benefits by restoring riparian vegetation and providing public access to a beautiful river. A riparian restoration plan will be prepared in consultation with the Catchment Management Authority, local council and Boolangle Aboriginal Community. The plan will assess the site and detail strategies, methods and a work program for restoration of the riparian vegetation.
The project will provide funds to employ professional bush regenerators to work over three years with local groups to restore the site in line with the Riparian Restoration Plan. Working to an accepted plan will increase the effectiveness and environmental sustainability of the restoration work. The project will compliment a current Environmental Trust Protecting our Places project by the Boolangle Aboriginal Land Council immediately downstream from the proposed site.
Ewey Creek Bushcare Group
Rehabilitation and conservation program for Ewey Creek
The Sutherland Shire Council (SSC), "Bushcare" and "Greenweb" are undertaking major acquisition/rehabilitation programs along Ewey Creek to maintain/improve hydrological performance and environmental quality. Thus, volunteers and SSC are managing Ewey Creek Reserve to reduce environmental degradation and regenerate the area. Bush regeneration is a major component of the grant funding to remove weeds/encourage regeneration of transitional littoral rainforest and Sydney sandstone gully forest. Erosion from the historical quarry site/walking tracks is causing subsequent sedimentation of Yowie Bay (Port Hacking). The project includes rehabilitation of degraded areas adjacent/within the quarry site, stabilisation of surrounding environment communities, and maintenance of defined tracks.
Friends of Lane Cove National Park Inc
Restoration and appreciation of endangered Blue Gum High Forest
Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve and Browns Forest are adjacent reserves with a combined area of approximately 16 hectares situated in the residential suburb of St Ives. The reserves represent the largest remaining remnant of Blue Gum High Forest with possibly Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest and Shale/sandstone Transition Forest surrounding, all listed endangered ecological communities of the Cumberland Plain.
This project addresses the two major reserve issues; continue primary weeding to restore the floristic integrity of the reserve, maintain secondary weeding in the surrounding areas, preventing reinvasion to be undertaken by bush regeneration contractors with skills and expertise in this vegetation community and community awareness targeting local residents, of actions they can take to protect and preserve the reserve, local schools through year 4 National Parks unit and assisting local schools with their environmental plans.
Friends of the Colo Inc (FoC)
Willow control and monitoring in the Colo River and its catchments
This group began treating willows and other significant weeds along the Colo River within the Wollemi National Park/Wilderness in 2000. Extensive surveying established that the source of the willow infestations was from seed blown from extensive infestations outside of the National Park. Consequently the project was expanded to include willow detection and treatment within the entire catchment. The great part of the Colo River catchment is within a rugged wilderness area posing challenges to access for even the most experience bushwalkers and canoeists. As access is so challenging we will continue to use a variety of transport modes including helicopter, inflatable raft and walking.
This project will continue monitoring this vast catchment and treating willows and other significant weeds as they are found. It is this continuing monitoring of the project which will ensure its ultimate success. This project will also continue working to educate, motivate and inspire land users, land owners and managers outside of the National Park and to promote willow awareness and weed control issues generally, for the betterment of the environment and community.
This is stage 3 of an ongoing joint project to protect the endangered ecological community, Sydney Coastal River-flat Forest and surrounding bushland in the Glen Reserve and adjacent Koolangarra Reserve, Bonnet Bay. The two reserves cover an area of 25 hectares of gully forest and river-flat forest. Bush regeneration is a major component of the grant funding to remove weeds and encourage natural regeneration. Revegetation will occur in degraded areas. Lack of access makes it difficult for volunteers to weed in some areas and for the public to be able to appreciate the value of the reserves. These issues will be addressed using steps, a walkway and a sign.
Green Gully is the most significant topographical formation within the Murray Shire. Once the ancestral bed of the Murray River, the gully was formed more than 30,000 years ago when the Cadell Fault obstructed the Murray's flow forcing the river to find a new course. Today, more than 430 hectares of the gully experiences extensive waterlogging and salinity, 70 hectares of red gums have died as a result of waterlogging and a further 260 hectares of saltbush are under serious threat from saline surface flooding.
The Green Gully community has worked tirelessly over the past 15 years to build an environmentally workable salinity discharge zone. They have invested $1.5million in saltbush plantings and a further $1.5million on improved farm management practices. However, this investment is one large storm event away from disaster. To ensure their work is not undermined, the community has a three-phase plan. Firstly they will tackle soil salinity by implementing a tile drainage network. Secondly they will complete the broad scale saltbush planting, and finally they will undertake minor drainage works to remove saddles that hold up flood flows and contribute to waterlogging.
Katoomba Creek and Minnehaha Falls Bushcare Groups
Protecting riparian communities from post-fire weed invasion
The December 2002 fire and the associated back burning which spread through the Katoomba/Yosemite/Govetts creeks triggered the germination of huge numbers of Scotch Broom seeds (Cytissus scoparius), which had been dormant in the soil. Due to the intensity and extent of the germination, an opportunity to eradicate broom from these tributaries currently exists. If untreated, this bank of broom will impact severely on both the Grose River Wilderness Area and the threatened species present in its upper catchments.
Stage 1 of this project (which focussed on treating only those broom plants expected to seed in Oct-Dec 2004), is well advanced thanks to a huge volunteer and agency effort in response to the emergency. A coordinated strategy has been developed, resources pooled and special volunteer events planned in line with the need for an urgent response.
This project is stage 2 to 4, to employ bush regeneration contractors to continue the work commenced in Stage 1 and eradicate all broom plants form the riparian zone in the identified tributaries. This project will ensure the successful continuation of this initiative, by supplementing community efforts.
Macdonald Valley Association
MVA Black willows eradication project
The project is part of an on-going community-based project that targets the removal of Salix nigra along the Macdonald River, a tributary of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River system. The project aims to enhance existing collaborative arrangements between the Macdonald Valley Association, the community and relevant state government agencies. Ultimately the MVA aims to eradicate Salix nigra from the Valley where mass infestations and smaller outbreaks are located on various parts of the riparian zone. Salix nigra can be found from the Upper Macdonald locality through to the Hawkesbury-Nepean River tide line approx. 50 kilometres downstream. Private landowners and the St Albans Common Trust will be supported to undertake on-ground works of poisoning and removal in addition to the MVA's on-ground works.
Mid Macquarie Landcare
Restoration and Rehabilitation of vegetation and biodiversity in the Mid Macquarie Landcare Region
The project will revegetate areas in the Mid Macquarie Landcare Region, which covers 50 Landcare groups, 800 families and 830,000 hectares in Central West NSW. Mid Macquarie Landcare plan to replant wildlife corridors and salinity control areas which were lost in the drought. The tube stock purchased will be strategically placed to improve the sustainability, biodiversity and environmental outcomes of the region using native species.
Mighty Duck River Restoration Collective
Protection of endangered remnants and wetland at Duck River stage 3
This project aims to enhance a degraded wetland and adjacent vegetation remnant within the Duck River corridor. Stage 1 and 2 removed willows and other weeds, stabilised the adjacent creek bank and completed local provenance planting around the wetland. Stage 2 also involved soil testing that showed that excavation of sediment within the site is not feasible given the presence of acid sulfate soils and heavy metals. This component of the project (stage 3) aims to complete weed control and planting within the wetland area, erect erosion control fencing around the site and construct a raised walkway through the heavy foot traffic area.
Mourawaring Moors Bushcare
Habitat restoration - Mourawaring Moors - Bouddi National Park
Bouddi National Park is one of a group of sandstone national parks and protected areas surrounding the Sydney region. The park is an important wildlife corridor-providing habitat for migratory species and strong protection in an area under increasing urban pressure. The vegetative communities contain plants of local significance and provide habitat for a number of threatened animal species including - powerful owl, sooty owl, yellow bellied glider, squirrel glider, grey headed flying fox, little bent-wing bat and common bent-wing bat. This project will protect habitat for these and many more species. The project will monitor fauna before and after bush regeneration work to document the effect of bush regeneration on habitat. The local Bushcare group - Mourawaring Bushcare have been working on site for the past five years removing bitou bush and lantana from gullies in open forest.
Murrumbidgee Wetlands Working Group Inc
Restoring the Coonancoocabil Lagoon complex, Murrumbidgee floodplain
The Coonancoocabil Lagoon Complex is a degraded wetland system on the Murrumbidgee floodplain. Since the completion of the Godgeldrie Weir in 1959 the wetland complex has been permanently inundated with water. As a result there has been considerable ecological degradation, with the loss of aquatic vegetation and associated wetland fauna. This project will restore an appropriate wetting and drying regime to a 10 kilometres long Lagoon by contributing to the construction of a regulator, which will isolate the Lagoon from the weir pool. This project has support and assistance from Department Primary Industries - Fisheries, Department Primary Industries - Forestry, Wiradjuri Aboriginal Community, Murrumbidgee Irrigation, Department Infrastructure Planning and Natural Resources, Narrandera Angling Club and many local agricultural industry groups.
This project will undertake the widespread revegetation of vast areas of denuded landscape, on Toogimbie Indigenous Protected Area. The land, owned by this organisation, comprises 11310 hectares of valuable riverine plains land and riparian and wetland areas, and was officially declared an Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in March 2004. Indigenous species will be sown across the denuded areas, and locally collected seed will also be used.
The Bush-Stone curlew is endangered bird in NSW, occurring mainly in the endangered grassy box woodland. There has been a huge advance in community awareness of the bird. It has featured on A Current Affair - twice, in four state-wide newspapers, five news stories on ABC rural radio report (then replayed on Radio National), at a Curlew Summit in Albury with representatives from four states, the nationwide "Bush" magazine, Birds Australia's "Wingspan" plus innumerable articles in local papers, and newsletters.
This new project will build our successes by: better management and enhancement of a large chain of remnants in areas of known curlews to expand their habitat and increase chances of breeding success, large-scale monitoring of juveniles released from the current captive breeding program, extension of the fox control program, securing long term sponsorship, a targeted program in five selected rural schools and a speaking tour of western NSW at 22 locations.
NSW Council of Freshwater Anglers Incorporated
Riparian and in-stream habitat restoration project - Upper Molong Creek
This whole-of-the-upper-catchment project will eradicate dense crack willow infestations (by stem injection) from the Molong Creek banks and bed between the Mt Canobolas Park and the bridge crossing on the Orange to Cargo road, a distance of approximately 8 kilometres. Almost half is heavily willow infested.
Restoration involves knocking down dead trunks, piling-up and burning timber, revegetating with native trees (Casuarina and Eucalyptus sp.), and establishing aquatic habitat snags that will induce resident native fish. The object is for these natives to predate upon the alien redfin that are currently infiltrating downstream to the detriment of native species, two being listed as threatened species.
Parklands Albury Wodonga
Padman Park habitat restoration
This project will remove exotic woody weeds along a 30 metre wide by 1 kilometre long corridor along the bank of the Murray River in Padman Park in order to protect the health of the remnants and threatened species that live in this 20 hectare bushland reserve. The 30 metre corridor that will be cleared is part of Padman Park's five-year management plan. Heavy equipment access to this area is near impossible and intrusive and hand removal of woody weeds using chainsaws and painting will be undertaken.
This project will work with waterways engineers from the Murray Catchment Management Authority and Department Infrastructure Planning Natural Resources (DIPNR) in bank stabilisation works, which will include planting rushes, sedges and other appropriate local provenance wetland plants on the steep banks. The project will also be implementing works recommended by the DIPNR's River Management Plan (Wodonga Creek Management Zone).
Pittwater Natural Heritage Association
Restoration of coastal dune vegetation, Mona Vale Beach
The three-year staged project will restore a coastal dune ecosystem, maintaining sand stability and enhancing fauna habitat. It will control weeds and provide for planting of local native tube stock in the more degraded areas and will involve contractors and volunteers in partnership with Pittwater Council and the local community.
Popes Glen Bushcare Group
Restoration of degraded riparian corridor and silt plug, Popes Glen
Resulting from decades of erosion from unsealed roads surrounding the catchment, the streamline is severely braided and a dense plume of mature and immature Salix fragilis and other weed species occupy a silt plug 1 hectare in extent. Experimental plantings (approx. 2000 plants, funded by an Urban Runoff Control Program) have identified species and planting techniques best suited to stabilising the silt bed, protecting the stream banks and replacing the woody weeds. This project will propagate 6000 plants over three years to complete the restoration of 80% of the site.
Riverina Highlands Landcare Network
Protect and enhance riparian habitat for the Boorolong frog
The aim of this project is to protect and enhance riparian vegetation in the Riverina Highlands area to help conserve habitat for wildlife. The project will specifically target rivers, such as Adelong, Brungle, Gilmore and Yaven Creek, which support important populations of the endangered Booroolong frog. Works involved will include fencing to restrict stock access so as to protect existing riparian vegetation, provision of off creek water supply and revegetation with locally endemic species. These actions form the core adaptive management approach to conserving and enhancing populations of the Booroolong frog, as outlined in a Department Environment and Conservation (DEC) Draft Recovery Plan for this endangered species.
Landholders participating in this project will sign a 10-year management agreement to ensure the long-term protection of these sites. Other stakeholders include DEC who will undertake long-term monitoring and assessment of this project. Additional benefits arising from this project include the establishment of native vegetation corridors, improved water quality and enhanced riparian habitat.
Silver Beach Dunecare Group
Rehabilitation and protection of Kurnell Dune Forest at Bonna Point
This is stage 3 of an ongoing project to protect the endangered ecological community of Kurnell Dune Forest in Bonna Point Reserve, Kurnell. Within the predominantly grassed reserve are canopy remnants. Most of the seedlings of these trees are unable to survive in the grass as they are continually mowed. A few ground covers survive at the base of the trees. Stages 1 and 2 successfully involved fencing off some of the remnants to exclude the mowers, spraying the grass, mulching and planting. Natural regeneration is now occurring in these remnants. This project aims to build on these successes by rehabilitating more areas and consolidating the smaller areas.
Singleton Shire Landcare Network Inc
Implementation of catchment and rivercare plans in the Upper Hunter
Department Infrastructure Planning and Natural Resources with the support of the community of the Upper Hunter Catchment have completed 12 Catchment plans and 20 Rivercare plans for localities within the region. These plans have identified the major land and water vegetation issues facing individual sub-catchments and rivers and have outlined strategies and management activities to address them. Further Rivercare and Catchment plans are being developed. This project will see the implementation of these plans, which are essential for the achievement of sustainable natural resource management within the entire Hunter Catchment. The plans form the basis of this project and have been developed in partnership with state and local government agencies.
Tuggerah Lake Reserve Trust
Tuggerah Lakes habitat restoration project
The reserve contains two significant wetlands and water courses which drain into Tuggerah Lake. Agricultural uses and environmental and agricultural weeds have degraded the land. Control of weeds (including blackberry, lantana, camphor laurel, coral tree, privet, madeira vine, non native grasses and annuals etc) and promotion of native regeneration will enhance the habitat for water and other birds (the reasons for the establishment of the reserve), threatened fauna (including squirrel gliders, regent honeyeaters and swift parrots), endangered ecological communities (sections of the reserve have the equivalent of the Sydney Swamp Forest endangered ecological community of rare plants (Melaleuca biconvexa) and aquatic plants (including the rare Maundia trichocinoides).
Work will include weed control (manual removal, limited spraying or cut and paint) and erosion control, including possibly limited planting in areas identified in the weed plan as suitable for planting out in year 3, using plants propagated from locally collected seed (following initial weed removal work if there is no natural regeneration).
Upper Clarence Combined Landcare
Riparian rehabilitation and streambank stabilisation Peacock Creek, NSW
Building on upstream rehabilitation works, this project will; fence 1 kilometre of the stream to protect remnant riparian vegetation from stock impacts, remove 4 hectares of environmental weeds suppressing native regeneration, propagate and plant 4000 endemic riparian seedlings to stabilise unstable areas and address an area of vertical stream bank erosion. Experienced bush regenerators will be employed for 16 weeks (year 1) to use best practice (stem injection, cut/paint, spot hand spraying and hand pulling) to destroy the major weed species (large and small leaf privet, honey locust, firethorn and moth vine).
Professional primary weed control will be supported by in-kind volunteer labour for project supervision, worker training and induction and provision of equipment. Since privet seed viability is short, regrowth will be controlled by follow-up treatment for 3 weeks in years 2 and 2 weeks in year 3. Sufficient native vegetation exists in the riparian area to ensure revegetation by recruitment pending primary weed treatment. The project will be reported through local media and progress recorded using video and still photography.
Upper Clarence Combined Landcare
Upper Duck Creek strategic sub catchment weed control and regeneration
This project aims to restore riparian zones along 6 kilometres of Upper Duck Creek on adjoining landholdings which will complete 30 kilometres of the sub catchment.This project builds on strategic 24 kilometres upstream works revegetating treated source areas of madeira vine/privet infestations. Madeira vine is acknowledged as the most destructive, invasive, difficult to control riparian weed.Removal within sub catchment is strategically critical to preventing downstream infestation.Natural regeneration is likely in areas with native riparian vegetation.The project results will be conveyed through local media with the aim of increasing awareness/uptake of riparian BMP by landholders.The project will restore riparian function on a whole-of-catchment scale through cooperation of adjacent landholders.
Upper Clarence Combined Landcare
Riparian rehabilitation and stream bank stabilisation, Boomi Creek, NSW
This project will rehabilitate 6 kilometres of Boomi Creek by; fencing a 6 kilometre stream to protect remnant riparian vegetation (including ROTAP listed E Dunnii) from stock impacts; removing 18 hectares of extreme environmental weed infestation and propagating/planting 10,000 local native riparian seedlings to stabilise eroding sandy banks that are the source of sediment infilling pools. Insufficient diversity of remnant native vegetation exists to ensure satisfactory revegetation by recruitment. Experienced bush regenerators will be employed for 30 weeks (year 1) to use best practice (stem injection, cut/paint, spot hand spraying and hand pulling) to kill the major weed species (large and small leaf privet, willows, peach, firethorn, moth vine). Professional works will be supported by in kind volunteer labour and provision of equipment. Privet seed viability is short, and germinating seedlings will be controlled by follow-up treatment for four weeks in year 2 and 3 weeks in year 3. The project will be reported through local media and progress recorded using video/still photography.
Wagga Wagga Landcare Group
Restoring wildlife habitat along the Murrumbidgee River
The project aims to restore a 5 kilometre section of riparian habitat on the Murrumbidgee River floodplain at Wagga Wagga and raise community awareness of its natural value. The project site comprises a remnant riparian River She-oak/River Red Gum community, which includes a billabong. The proposal addresses issues of biodiversity and water quality, and expands on previous work by the community, government organisations and private landholders. The project will remove exotic understorey plants, both woody and non-woody, so that native understorey species can be re-established. A demonstration site will be created to promote and encourage continual community support for the conservation of this area through interpretive signage.
Wamberal Lagoon Bushcare
Preservation of dune system and littoral rainforest, Wamberal
Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve is the last lagoon system on the Central Coast with a complete and intact cross section of native vegetation across the dune system and around the lagoon. The 130 hectare reserve protects 10 vegetation communities including the largest remnants of littoral rainforest on the Central Coast and two threatened species Syzygium paniculatum and Chamaesyce psammogeton. The reserve provides habitat for seven species of migratory birds protected under CAMBA and/or JAMBA Treaties. However, the reserve also suffers from weed invasion, particularly bitou bush, which is threatening ecosystems and habitat. This project aims to involve volunteers, NPWS staff, TAFE students and professional contractors in bush regeneration and trialling of new methods in the reserve in order to protect and conserve the dune system and littoral rainforest. The project will work with the resilience of the site and provide data for future bush regeneration projects.
Western Murray Land Improvement Group Inc
Murrakol Western - Billabong restoration and rehabilitation project
The project will carry out native vegetation restoration and rehabilitation to ensure that the diverse vegetation communities in the region are retained in an ecologically healthy and sustainable manner for the betterment of biodiversity and future generations living on and around the riverine plain. The area covered is characterised by an extensive system of rivers and creeks with sand hills scattered through-out. These sand hills were once populated with diverse vegetation communities providing habitat for a wide range of wildlife. The main objective of the project is to restore and rehabilitate these unique areas to maintain biodiversity for the flora and fauna in the region, and involve and educate as many people in the community as possible during the process.
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