Project summaries - 2005 Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants
|2005 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants|
|Organisation||Project title||Amount $|
|Bankstown Bushland Society Inc||Repair of Cumberland Woodland ecotones in lower Prospect Catchment||63,701|
|Berridale Rocky Plains Landcare Group||Snowy plains fire trail rehabilitation program||40,000|
|Broadwater Dunecare Group||Broadwater Beach Dunecare restoration and rehabilitation||11,980|
|Bulbararing Bushcare Group||Restoration of Bulbararing Reserve, Avoca Beach||38,828|
|Cape Byron Headland Reserve Trust||Cape Byron littoral rainforest restoration program||21,700|
|Citizens Wildlife Corridors Armidale Inc||Restoration of vegetration corridors in the Armidale area||27,580|
|Combaning-Dirnaseer Landcare Group||Restoration and rehabilitation of a rural landscape stage 2||96,010|
|Community Environment Network Inc||Community rehabilitation of Gosford coastal lagoons||87,890|
|Constables Point Bushcare Group||Rehabilitation of Kurnell dune forest and coastal saltmarsh||9,400|
|Cudgegong Catchment Committee||Creating environmental capacity within the Cudgegong||91,000|
|Darook Park Bushcare Group||Rehabilitation of littoral rainforest at Darook Park - stage 3||10,850|
|Dharug Volunteer Bush Regeneration Group||Restoration of rainforest, Hazel Dell, Gunderman||9,909|
|Environmental Training and Employment Inc||Boulders Beach rainforest and wetland restoration and rehabilitation||70,150|
|Freya Street Bushcare Group||Rehabilitation of swamp oak floodplain at Freya Street||13,120|
|Goonengerry Landcare Inc||The Byrangery Creek restoration and rehabilitation project||14,066|
|Grays Point Reserve Bushcare Group||Rehabilitation of littoral rainforest at Greys Point Reserve||15,220|
|Jindabyne East Residents Committee||Restore Rushes Creek Gorge, Jindabyne Creekand connecting lake foreshore||60,515|
|Lilli Pilli Point Reserve Bushcare Group||Rehabilitation of littoral rainforest at Lilli Pilli Point - stage 6||9,920|
|Macleay Landcare Network||Macleay coastal littoral rainforest and vegetation restoration project||69,834|
|MacMasters Beach and District Progress Association||Restoration of endangered ecological communities- Cockle Bay wetland||21,000|
|Manning Landcare Co-ordinators Management Committee Inc||Cedar Party Creek habitat restoration||82,460|
|Marina Crescent Reserve Bushcare Group||Rehabilitation of littoral rainforest at Marina Crescent Reserve||14,720|
|Moody's Bridge Landcare Group||Moody's Bridge Landcare - cats claw creeper control and elimination||24,530|
|Muttama Creek Advisory Committee||Muttama Creek pond and swampy meadow restoration||60,750|
|Nari Nari Tribal Council||Regeneration of Nari Nari Country - stage 1||18,650|
|National Parks Association||Harbour Keepers marine surveys in Sydney Harbour||92,784|
|Parc Menai Bushcare Group||Rehabilitation of Sydney turpentine ironbark forest at Parc Menai||11,880|
|Upper Clarence Combined Landcare||Protecting and rehabilitating Gallery Rainforest along Bean Creek riparian||89,865|
|Upper Clarance Combined Landcare||Rehabilitating Beaury Creek corridor linking to Tooloom World Heritage Area||88,508|
|Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare Committee Inc||Eradication of black willow from 100 kilometre stretch of Murrumbidgee River||14,200|
|West of Ranges Landcare Inc||Riparian restoration in three Upper Clarence villages||85,560|
|WetlandCare Australia||North Ballina Wetlands rehabilitation demonstration||81,015|
|Wolli Creek Preservation Society Inc||Wolli Creek bush restoration, western section||39,318|
Bankstown Bushland Society Inc.
Repair of Cumberland Woodland ecotones in lower Prospect Catchment
Cumberland Plain Woodland habitats occur in the eastern Cumberland lowlands at a number of council managed reserves in western Bankstown in the lower Prospect Creek catchment (including Mirambeena, Bellevue, The Crest, Rex Road, East Hills golf course and Lake Gilawarna). Several of the sites overlap or adjoin forest. It will be the focus of this project to target specific problems of environmental weeds at habitat interfaces, with the objective of restoring and enlarging the core natural areas.
Berridale Rocky Plains Landcare group
Snowy plains fire trail rehabilitation program
Indescribable use of the trail by four wheel drive vehicles has resulted in gully erosion from multi tracking and bogging of the trail in subalpine grasslands and through streams. This project will stabilise the track surface for seven kilometres of the fire trail and will improve vehicular crossings at four watercourses and bog areas. Vehicular traffic will be restricted to the track to prevent further degradation of the grasslands. Approximately 17 hectares of eroded gully areas will be stabilised to prevent further defraudation of the grassland and riparian ecosystems.
Broadwater Dunecare Group
Broadwater Beach Dunecare restoration and rehabilitation
Broadwater Dunecare Group together with the NPWS aims to cooperatively restore and manage the native vegetation of the dunal system of Broadwater Beach and the adjacent areas of Broadwater National Park. The community group and the NPWS have been keen working cooperatively in the area to improve public access, control bitou bush, and enhance the conservation values of the area. The works undertaken have been completed in a number of stages, and monitored to assess the success of the works. This project identifies activities in the next stage of the works required, including erosion control, particularly of blowouts and public access tracks, weed control and tree planning to consolidate native vegetation.
Bulbararing Bushcare Group
Restoration of Bulbararing Reserve, Avoca Beach
On ground bush regeneration of new areas within three reserves by contractors where resilience is high to extend successful work carried out by volunteers and contractors through previous grants. Contractors to work steep weed infected areas beyond scope of Bushcare volunteers, doing primary weeding and supplement planting in a manner sensitive to slope stability. This process will reduce weed infestation, increasing resilience and progress to complete restoration of area 1. This project is intended to improve and preserve the reserves biodiversity, habitat links and water quality to Avoca Lagoon. Secondary weeding to assist Bushcare volunteers by approved contractors for duration of the grant.
The project site comprises mature littoral rainforest and Banksia woodland undergoing succession to littoral rainforest. Littoral rainforest has been recently gazetted as an endangered ecological community under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. The site also hosts threatened and ROTAP-listed flora species. Dense infestations of serious environmental weeds including lantana, bitou bush and winter senna are degrading the littoral rainforest communities occurring on the site. Qualified bush regenerators will be assisted by volunteers to restore the structural and floristic diversity of the site and improve habitat values for threatened fauna. Trees will be planted in areas of low resilience to supplement natural regeneration.
Citizens Wildlife Corridors Armidale Inc
Restoration of vegetration corridors in the Armidale area
The project aims to oversee rehabilitation and revegetation works at five sites near Armidale, NSW. The sites have been selected as high priority areas managed by sympathetic landholders to enhance, protect and manage existing patches of native vegetation. The work will add to our continuing efforts to create linkages and corridors between patches of remnant vegetation on the Northern Tablelands. In doing this the project will address biodiversity decline and habitat fragmentation in agricultural landscapes. The individual landholders will sign Voluntary Management Agreements (VMA) to ensure the ongoing conservation of fenced, enriched and revegated areas.
Combaning-Dirnaseer Landcare Group
Restoration and rehabilitation of a rural landscape stage 2
The Combaning-Dirnaseer Landcare Group has developed a comprehensive and strategic plan for environmental restoration and rehabilitation in their local area. The plan involves 18 property owners over an area approximately 336 square kilometres. We aim to revegetate 45 hectares within 26 kilometres of new fencing . The plan aims to link important existing remnant vegetation in the Combaning State Forest (ref C.S.U survey 1996) and adjoining Gundibindyal and Dudauman Ranges, the Houaghan's Creek Travelling Stock Route and the wetlands of Hurleys Dam. Large remnant pockets at Dirnaseer, Trevethin and Pinchgut Creek through Sebastopol, Warre Warral and the Ironbong and Bethungra Ranges. Adding to individual properties existing revegetation projects, developing landscape corridors, reducing salinity, erosion, sedimentation. Using existing seed banks developing habitats for indigenous fauna and increasing bio-diversity. Restore degraded gravel pits and the protection of remant natural vegetation.
Community Environment Network Inc
Community rehabilitation of Gosford coastal lagoons
This project will adopt a strategic and "whole system" approach to the rehabilitation of riparian areas of the four coastal lagoons in the Gosford LGA. The projects will work with the community and stakeholders including council, DIPNR and the Hunter Central Rivers CMA to develop and implement priority actions over two years. The methodology used will be based on the Rivercare approach and CEN's previous experience in the riparian rehabilitation project (1999-2003) and the Kincumber Creek rehabilitation project (2003-2004). The project will employ a project officer to undertake and coordinate the following activities:
- walking foreshores of lagoons and working with landowners/stakeholders to identify rehabilitation activities and priorities
- identifying priority zones for actions
- coordinating rehabilitation activities
- recruiting volunteers to participate in the project
- education/awareness raising activities
- monitoring of change during the project including pre/post environmental monitoring and community surveys.
Constables Point Bushcare Group
Rehabilitation of Kurnell dune forest and coastal saltmarsh
This is stage 2 of an ongoing project to protect remnants of the endangered ecological communities, Kurnell dune forest and coastal saltmarsh, in the 2.1 hectare site of Constables Point Reserve, Maianbar. Weed invasion by asparagus fern and other environmental weeds are the main problems in the reserve. Bush regeneration contractors are needed for weed removal. Areas surrounding are in good condition and there have been 31 native species identified in the reserve. Work in the reserve has been staged to maximise natural regeneration of the Kurnell dune forest and coastal saltmarsh species. Signs and publicity would help stimulate interest in the reserve and Bushcare.
Cudgegong Catchment Committee
Creating environmental capacity within the Cudgegong
The CCC wants to improve the capacity of the land managers within the Cudgegong to implement integrated environmental management projects to address soil and pasture degradation, dry land salinity, water quality and riparian management issues. This will be done by funding and coordinating projects that will assist in restoring and rehabilitating lands that are having a cumulative impact of deteriorating the natural resources causing environmental impacts. The projects are designed to demonstrate and incorporate environmental outcomes with land production outcomes. The outcomes of this project will be underpinned by formally linking training on how to access grant dollars for environmental projects. The training is aimed at increasing land manager capacity to design and manage their natural resources to enhance the environmental sustainability of their property whilst maintaining farm productivity.
Darook Park Bushcare Group
Rehabilitation of littoral rainforest at Darook Park - stage 3
This is stage 3 of an ongoing project to protect remnants of the endangered ecological community, littorial rainforest, in the 2.5 hectares site of Darook Park. We need invasion by asparagus fern and ehrharta are the main problems in the park. Bush regeneration contractors are needed for the painstaking weeding involved for this weed species. Areas surrounding are in good condition and there have been 214 native species identified in the park. Work in the park has been staged to maximise natural regeneration of the littoral rainforest species. Signs and publicity would help stimulate interest in the park and Bushcare.
Dharug Volunteer Bush Regeneration Group
Restoration of rainforest, Hazel Dell, Gunderman
The Hazel Dell picnic area is a rainforest gully on the edge of Dharug National Park. It is habitat to threatened species including Red-crowned Toadlet, Yellow-bellied Gliders and Eastern Freetail Bats. It has a history of holiday cabins in the 1920s and a petrol station on the old road between Gosford and Wisemans Ferry. Consequently weed invasion is in high concentrations located around the foundations, including moth vine, turkey rhubarb, fishbone fern, honey suckle, loquats, wandering jew, black eyed Susan and periwinkle Bush regeneration on the site has involved the Conservation Australia Volunteers, spraying and NPWS undertaking weed removal. The Dharug Volunteer Bush Regenerations Group, a small group of enthusiastic locals, undertake monthly bush regeneration. This project aims to supplement and assist the work of the volunteers by employing a contractor to undertake three years of staged bush regeneration to assist restoration of the rainforest and habitats.
Environmental Training and Employment Inc
Boulders Beach rainforest and wetland restoration and rehabilitation
This project will employ professional bush regenerators to work with volunteer groups and Ballina Shire Council to rehabilitate significant areas of rainforest (including a SEPP 26 site) and wetland vegetation communities at Boulder Beach, in line with an existing Vegetation Management Plan. Weed species degrading vegetation communities include lantana, bitou bush, camphor laurel, asparagus and exotic grasses. Project works aim to strengthen and consolidate vegetation remnants so that the largest possible remnant size is achieved with the smallest possible edge, to conditions that will encourage natural regeneration. Planning is proposed (in areas with least regeneration potential) to link fragmented remnants. Major weed control will focus on remnant edges with follow up work throughout the site. Ongoing monitoring and evaluation will determine project direction and effectiveness.
Freya Street Bushcare Group
Rehabilitation of swamp oak floodplain at Freya Street
This is the initial stage of a project to protect remnants of the endangered ecological community, Swampy Oak Floodplain Forest in the 1.3 hectare site of Freya Street Reserve, Kareela. Weed invasion by asparagus fern, jasmine, morning glory and other environmental weeds are the main problems in the reserve. Bush regeneration contractors are needed for weed removal and regeneration works. Areas surrounding are in good condition and there have been 58 native species identified in the reserve. Work in the reserve has been staged to maximise natural regeneration of Swampy Oak Floodplain Forest species. Signs and publicity would help stimulate interest in the reserve and Bushcare.
Goonengerry Landcare Inc
The Byrangery Creek restoration and rehabilitation project
This project will fence off half a kilometre of creekline to exclude cattle and protect 10,000 square meters of the riparian zone. An excavator will remove a large coral tree and exotic weeds will be removed and replaced with plantings of appropriate pioneer and secondary species. These will be mulched. A stand of remnant rainforest will be included in the fencing to provide a corridor and habitat for flora and fauna. The local primary school will be involved in monitoring the water quality through 'Streamwatch'. The children will gain hands on experience of ecological practices. Water qaulity will also be tested at Southern Cross University laboratory. Open days will allow the community to gain an understanding of the project and promote community involvment. The cattle will have acess to off stream water.
Grays Point Reserve Bushcare Group
Rehabilitation of littoral rainforest at Greys Point Reserve
This is stage 3 of an ongoing project to protect remnants of the endanged ecological community, littorial rainforest, an endangered population of the beetle, Mennipus fugitiuus and host plant, Celtis paniculata, in the 0.6 hectare site of Greys Point Reserve. Weed invasion by asparagus fern is the main problem in the reserve. Bush regeneration contractors are needed for the painstaking weeding involved for this weed species. Areas surrounding are in good condition and there have been 214 native species identifed in the reserve. Work in the reserve has been staged to maximise natural regeneration of the littoral rainforest species. Signs and publicity would help stimulate interest in the reserve and Bushcare.
Jindabyne East Residents Committee
Restore Rushes Creek Gorge, Jindabyne Creekand connecting lake foreshore
The two major waterways flowing through East Jindabyne have been degraded by past clearing and grazing, which introduced soil erosion and weed invasion. The connecting open space foreshore reserve is affected in a similar way though to a lesser extent by erosion. There is a significant willow invasion along the watercourses posing a threat to fauna such as echidnas, reptiles and amphibians. The project aims to remove weeds, arrest erosion, install environmentally friendly urban runoff controls, restore riparian and grassland habitats, and improve the connections between them. This project is consistent with foreshore management plans produced by local government and catchment plans produced by the Catchment Management Authority.
Lilli Pilli Point Reserve Bushcare Group
Rehabilitation of littoral rainforest at Lilli Pilli Point - Stage 6
This is stage 6 of an ongoing project to protect remnants of the endangered sological community, littoral rainforest, in the five hectare site of Lilli Pilli Point Reserve. Weed invasion by vines and climbing asparagus is the main problem in the reserve. Bush regeneration contractors are needed for the painstaking weeding involved for these weed species. Areas surrounding are in good condition and there have been 214 native species identified in the reserve. Work in the reserve has been staged to maximise natural regeneration of the littoral rainforest species. Signs and publicity would help stimulate interest in the reserve and Bushcare.
Macleay Landcare Network
Macleay coastal littoral rainforest and vegetation restoration project
The Macleay Landcare Network, in collaboration with the Macleay Coastal Working group, Kempsey Shire Council, Mid North Coast Weeds Advisory Committee and National Parks, are proposing a project that aims to engage bush regenerators to assist existing Dunecare groups with restoration of four littoral rainforest sites on the mid-north coast of NSW. The critical nature of the project is twofold; firstly littoral rainforests are a highly threatened plant community with only 1300 hectares remaining, this project would build on and complete the work of a number of smaller grants and considerable volunteer hours at these sites to eradicate the threat of environmental weeds amongst other problems. The sites are known to be high in biodiversity and providing critical habitat to a number of threatened and endangered plant and animal communities. The project will also provide training in bush regeneration and a rainforest awareness day to build on the existing social and capital develop a 'duty of care'.
MacMasters Beach and District Progress Association
Restoration of endangered ecological communities - Cockle Bay Wetland
This project will build on previous work carried out by community volunteers, school students, professional bush regenerators and NPWS staff to rehabilitate this wetland area and conserve two endangered ecological communities - Swamp Sclerophyll Forest and Saltmarsh. The project will involve contract bush regenerators in the restoration and mainteneance of these two EECs, systematically removing weed species to allow natural regeration to occur. The project will result in a marked decrease in weed infestation and reinvasion and a reciprocal increase in native flora and fauna. Biological weed control methods (specifically lantana and bridal creeper rust) will be compared with physical removal methods and the results documented. Community education will be enhanced through signage and field days in the reserve.
Manning Landcare Co-ordinators Management Committee Inc
Cedar Party Creek habitat restoration
This project will build on previous works that have centred on the area around the entrance to Wingham and have included environmental weed control, bush regeneration and interpretitive signage. This project continues the environmental weed control and the bush regeneration work on further 2 kilometres of both sides of Cedar Party Creek. All works to be undertaken are identified in the Cedar Party Creek Rivercare plan. This project will restore the health of the vegetation on the banks of Cedar Party Creek, resulting in an improvement in the terrestrial and aquatic habitats and the water quality of the creek, a tributary of the Manning River. This project is characterised by its partnership across multiple land managers, levels of government, interested community groups and individuals and its capacity to increase the general community's appreciation of the value of Cedar Party Creek and its associated bushland.
Marina Crescent Reserve Bushcare Group
Rehabilitation of littoral rainforest at Marina Crescent Reserve
This is stage 2 of an ongoing project to protect remnants of the endangered ecological community, littoral rainforest, in the 1.07 hectare site of Marina Cresent Reserve. Weed invasion by asparagus fern is the main problem in the reserve. Bush regeneration contractors are needed for weed removal and repair of drainage lines. Areas surrounding are in good condition and there have been 114 native species identified inthe reserve. Work in the reserve has been staged to maximise natural regeneration of the littoral rainforest species. Signs and publicity would help stimulate interest in the reserve and Bushcare.
Moody's Bridge Landcare Group
Moody's Bridge Landcare - cats claw creeper control and elimination
The project plan is to expand the existing landowner efforts directed at the elimination and control of cats claw creeper (CCC) infestation to cover all known sites within the designated area. The project will ensure that the CCC outbreak does not spread to surrounding rainforest on lowlands river flats, state forests and riparian zones. The method of approach and techniques used will be based on experience gained over the past two years and includes guidance received for Bellinger Landcare, Bellingen Shire Council and North Coast Weeds Advisorty Committee.
Muttama Creek Advisory Committee
Muttama Creek pond and swampy meadow restoration
We are planning to undertake the restoration of a pre-settlement pond and swampy meadow formation within Muttama Creek, primarily to trap sediment and provide aquatic habitat. We will stabilise eroded areas through the return and planting of groundcover species, shrubs and trees and through small-scale stability works. Significant and diverse plantings of appropriate indigenous vegetation will increase biodiversity on Muttama Creek, a major Murrumbidgee River tribituary. The project will improve water quality by addressing soil erosion and salinity issues. This will occur through stabilising banks via a combination of rock armouring and revegetation.
Nari Nari Tribal Council
Regeneration of Nari Nari Country - stage 1
This proposal is the first stage in creating a vegetation corridor, linking the river to the plains. The areas surrounding Hay are widely settled, and the management of over 11,300 hectares of land by Aboriginal people is a significant gesture towards the protection of our native species. This project is one of a continual process by NNTC to repair the damage done to the land by the practices of previous landholders, and will also revegetate an area where recorded burial sites are located. This will provided protection to the skeletal remains from erosion.
National Parks Association
Harbour Keepers marine surveys in Sydney Harbour
Harbour Keepers marine surveys enable divers to determine the distribution and abudance of marine life in Sydney Harbour through intergrated and ongoing monitoring by the community. This information will contribute towards the Department of Primary Industries' database which goes into BioNet, the combined NSW Government Agency biodiversity database system. There are four Harbour Keepers marine surveys, fish biodiversity surveys, wreck biodiversity surveys, weed monitoring (Caulerpa taxifolia) and seahorse and seadragon surveys. These marine surveys have been created with scientists and a pilot study has been successful. The data is provided to the BioNet public database to allow users to search for specific species, viewed as a listing, or as an interactive map. The marine surveys will form part of Harbour Keepers, an established program that enables the community to explore and safeguard Sydney Harbour through regular events both on land and underwater.
Parc Menai Bushcare Group
Rehabilitation of Sydney turpentine ironbark forest at Parc Menai
This is the second stage of a project to protect remnants of the endangered ecological community, Sydney turpentine ironbark forest in the 3.8 hectare site of Parc Menai Reserve, Menai. Weed invasion contractors are needed for weed removal and regeneration works. Areas surrounding are in good condition and there have been 83 native species identified in the reserve. Work in the reserve has been staged to maximise natural regeneration of Sydney turpentine ironbark forest species. Signs and publicity would help stimulate interest in the reserve and Bushcare.
Upper Clarence Combined Landcare
Protecting & rehabilitating Gallery Rainforest along Bean Creek Riparian
15.5 kilometres riparian restoration on nine adjoining landholdings rehabilitating HCV vegetation, protecting aboriginal cultural values and gallery rainforest of Bean Creek Falls Reserve. Includes 3.9 kilometres fencing; 45.3 hectares environmental weed control; provision alternate off-stream stock-water (six dams, two troughs and 1.3 kilometres piping); replanting 200 hoop pine; and construction 1 stable creek crossing. Sufficent diverse remnant vegetation will ensure revegetation by recruitment. Experienced bush-regenerators will be employed for 23 weeks (year 1) to use best practice (stem injection, cut/paint, spot hand spraying and hand pulling) to kill major weed species (privet, moth vine, passionfruit, lemon, tobacco, camphor, willow,peach, senna and lantana). Professional works will be controlled by follow-up treatment for four weeks (year 2) and 3 weeks (year 3). Project will be reported through local media and progress recorded using still/video photography.
Upper Clarance Combined Landcare
Rehabilitating Beaury Creek corridor linking to Tooloom World Heritage Area
Project builds on 14 kilometres of upstream works through seven kilometres riparian restoration on three adjoining landholdings rehabilitating riparian corridor on Beaury Creek and linking to Tooloom CERRA World Heritage Area. Included 1.65 kilometre fencing; 21 hectares environmental weed control and provision alternate off-stream stock water and shade (five dams, ten troughs and 3.55 kilometre piping, shade planting of 100 trees). Sufficient diverse remnant vegetation will ensure revegetation by recruitment. Experienced bush-regenerators will be employed for 21 weeks (year 1) to use best practice (stem injection, cut/paint, spot hand spraying and hand pulling) to kill major weed species (privets, Japanese honeysuckle, moth vine, passionfruit). Professional works will be supported by in-kind volunteer labour and provision of equipment. Weed seed viability is short and germinating seedlings will be controlled by follow up treatment for four weeks (year 2) and three weeks (year 3). Project will be reported through local media and progress recorded using still/video photography.
Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare Committee Inc
Eradication of black willow from 100kilometres stretch of Murrumbidgee River
This project will invlolve 134 landholders and will map willow populations along a 100 kilometre section of the Murrumbidgee River from the ACT border to Cooma. Salix nigra occurences will be controlled and exact locations recorded using GPS technology. Seeding and female species will be marked with tape enabling identification in all seasons for the furter control works. A 600 x 120 millimetre designed information sign will be on desplay at the Cooma Monaro Shire Council foyer but will also be used at field days. There will be a vast willow and in particular Salix nigra awareness raising campaign involving a total of four field days, Landcare newsletters, media releases and radio interviews.
West of Ranges Landcare Inc.
Riparian restoration in three Upper Clarence villages
This project aims to restore the riparian environment in three villages in the Upper Clarence catchment, Bonalbo, Drake and Mallangenee. A vegetation plan has been developed in consultation with each village community, showing noxious and environmental weeds and native species present. Professional bush regenerators will be hired initially to remove weeds and identify suitable strategies for the community to maintain their waterways. Community members in each village will be given the opportunity to undertake training in chemical use, bush regeration and OH&S, at a nominal cost of $50/course. Long term maintenance of the village waterways will be undertaken by the community, with some ongoing funding requested for further professional assistance. The project will be a model of co-operation between three small communities, with local voluntary groups pledging a high level of in-kind support. The relatively small population size (total approx 1100) is an advantage as it allows for community consultation with all stakeholders.
Wetland Care Australia
North Ballina Wetlands rehabilitation demonstration
North Ballina area wetlands (near Newrybar) have been identified in the 3 highest priority wetlands in the Richmond Catchment by the NR CMA, and were recently assessed for conservation value and degradation (by WCA, funded by NHT, WCA and DIPNR). This assessment project has given WCA close contact with property owners Landcare and LGA staff and an understanding of the values and management needs of the area. Several site plans have already been developed. This proposal targets key sites indentified in the assesssment, where willing property owners and other groups support on-ground action; it also covers smaller dunal and estuarine wetlands adjoining Newrybar Swamp. The project has muliple partners and used previous assessments and management plans to undertake on-ground works and implementation including: weed control, riparian and access fencing, native vegetation management, and farm and drainage and stormwater management. Establishing a demonstration site willl further develop capacity nearby.
Wolli Creek Preservation Society Inc
Wolli Creek bush restoration, western section
The aim of this project is to rehabilitate a 2 hectare area of urban bushland identified in the 200 Bushland Regeneration Operations Plan (BROP) as the third priority area for bush regeneration in the 60 hectares of land to form the Wolli Creek Regional Park (WCRP) under the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC). The project included part of the associated natural creek bank, where an innovative approach to long term willow replacement along the length of the WCRP is proposed. To raise awareness of the bushland's significance and to increase community ownership and involvement with its protection and restoration.
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