Project summaries - 2007 Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants

2007 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Ballina Shire CouncilChickiba Lakes, Ballina, saltmarsh and bird roost enhancement project

10,336

Cooma-Monaro Shire CouncilRehabilitation and conservation management of Old Cooma Common

34,260

Cooma-Monaro Shire CouncilRehabilitation of old service trail on North Ridge Reserve

17,010

Department of Environment and Climate Change NSWTranslocation of the yellow-footed rock-wallaby at Mutawintji NP

98,481

Department of Primary Industries NSWFish friendly farms stage 2 - demonstration farms (FFF2)

100,000

Department of Primary Industries NSWFish passage remediation at high priority barrier on Manilla River

30,000

Gosford City CouncilThreatened species and habitat enhancement in Davistown

84,000

Greater Taree City CouncilWingham riparian reserve "stepping stone" canopy consolidation

99,100

Maitland City CouncilEnhancing Tenambit Wetland with an educational walking circuit

48,600

Northern Rivers Catchment Management AuthorityRiparian rehabilitation plan for the Upper Tweed sub-catchment

97,650

Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority Border security - control of bitou in the northern containment zone

100,000

Parramatta Park TrustRestoration of Cumberland Plain river-flat vegetation

62,860

Port Stephens CouncilImproving and protecting the water quality in Tilligerry Creek

61,018

Port Stephens CouncilDune and koala habitat restoration at One Mile Beach

97,936

Shoalhaven City CouncilElimination and/or containment of madeira vine in the Shoalhaven LGA

98,840

Sutherland Shire CouncilRehabilitation of littoral rainforest on Hungry Point, Cronulla

33,000

Tweed Shire CouncilRiparian vine weed mapping and suppress in the Tweed River Catchment

100,000

Tweed Shire CouncilIntegrated control of Indian mynas in Tweed and Byron Shires

99,760

Wollongong City CouncilRestoration and regeneration of Korrongulla Wetland

60,000

Wollongong City CouncilRestoring riparian corridor connectivity along Brooks Creek

80,000

Wollongong City CouncilRiparian vegetation restoration along American Creek, Mt Kembla

10,500

Wyong Shire CouncilTumbi Umbi Creek wetland rehabilitation project

99,220

22 projects

TOTAL

$1,522,571

Ballina Shire Council
Chickiba Lakes, Ballina, saltmarsh and bird roost enhancement project
Grant: $10,336

The project will enhance the long term viability of a threatened migratory shorebird roosting site at Chickiba Lake, East Ballina (far north coast NSW). The project involves

  1. earth works to reduce the elevation of an artificially created island (earth berm) to a height of 100 millimetres above the high water mark to enhance saltmarsh habitat
  2. maintenance of two hectares of surrounding marine vegetation to create the low vegetation habitat and visibility desirable for bird roosting
  3. installation of a 10 metre floating boom across a culvert at the lakes entrance to prevent the migration of mangrove propagules onto the site
  4. neutralisation of acid sulfate soils spoil if required.

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council
Rehabilitation and conservation management of Old Cooma Common
Grant: $34,260

This project will help to establish an on-going conservation management program on the Old Cooma Common grassland reserve. This project will provide infrastructure to allow strategic grazing management to reduce the growth and seed production of several important weed species. It will also provide a targeted weed control program to substantially reduce initial weed populations to a more manageable level. The project will reprint a public education/interpretation flier previously produced for the reserve and produce new on-site interpretive signage about natural grasslands. Bollards will be installed to control vehicle access onto the reserve, and the access road and car park area will be upgraded for safe public access and parking.

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council
Rehabilitation of old service trail on North Ridge Reserve
Grant: $17,010

North Ridge Reserve provides a scenic backdrop to the Cooma urban area. It is very popular with residents and visitors alike for a range of recreational pursuits including walking, exercising companion animals, mountain bike riding and environmental studies. Its ecological diversity, including several rare flora species and proximity to local schools, makes it a favoured location for educational field trips. The accessibility of this use has resulted in a number of environmental impacts. Of most concern is the erosion of the track network on the steeper section of the ridge and the consequent degradation of water quality in the surrounding waterways. This is compounded by previous ad hoc service track development and historically a lack of track maintenance. This project is designed to stabilise and rehabilitate the worst section of track.

Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW
Translocation of the yellow-footed rock-wallaby at Mutawintji NP
Grant: $98,481

The endangered yellow-footed rock-wallaby is currently only known from two populations in Mutawintji National Park and Nature Reserve and adjacent lands. The existing populations, numbering less than 200 individuals, require intervention to maintain threats at low enough levels for long-term viability. The existing two populations are under constant threat from fox predation, goat competition and the effects of drought. A draft recovery plan has been prepared by the DECC and is due to be submitted to the Mutawintji Board for endorsement. The recovery plan calls for the translocation of animals to create a third sub-population in an area not subject to goat grazing. A suitable site has been identified at Split Rock, near the Mutawintji historic site. The proposal requires a dedicated project officer to co-ordinate the capture, relocation, release and monitoring of animals. Specialised resources are necessary due to the site's ruggedness and remote location.

Department of Primary Industries NSW
Fish friendly farms stage 2 - demonstration farms (FFF2)
Grant: $100,000

NSW DPI's Conservation Action Unit manages the fish friendly farms program which aims to build capacity within the NSW agricultural community and demonstrate fish friendly management options which enhance aquatic habitat for native fish, improve general riverine health and potentially increase farm productivity. Farmers manage a large proportion of land in NSW through which nearly 90 per cent of waterways flow. Often through poor communication, agronomy practices are undertaken which can be detrimental to aquatic ecosystems. FFF1 successfully raised awareness within the farming community to fish friendly management options. FFF2 aims to implement these key management options at four sites across NSW.

Department of Primary Industries NSW
Fish passage remediation at high priority barrier on Manilla River
Grant: $30,000

The Namoi Catchment is comprised of an extensive range of aquatic habitats which support a diverse assemblage of species. At least 16 native fish species are found within the Namoi Catchment, with four of these listed as threatened in NSW waters. The presence of dams, weirs, floodgates and waterway crossings has significant negative impacts on these species by creating physical, hydrological or behavioural barriers. A recent report by NSW DPI identified 162 structures as fish passage barriers in the Namoi Catchment. Of these, 31 were classified as high priority, including the pipe culvert on the Manilla River. The inappropriate design and construction of the culvert has resulted in the crossing acting as a major barrier to fish passage due to the combination of minimal flow depth, head loss and high velocities. Reinstatement of fish passage at this site will have significant benefits for native fish populations by opening up approximately 30 kilometres of fish passage.

Gosford City Council
Threatened species and habitat enhancement in Davistown
Grant: $84,000

This project is designed to build on previous enhancement projects to further improve the quality of the vegetation that supports coastal wetlands (SEPP 14), the endangered ecological communities (EEC) of Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest and Saltmarsh, and habitat for the threatened Bush Stone-curlew (BSC) and green and golden bell frog (GGBF) found in the Davistown area of the Gosford LGA. The project will also aim to enhance the breeding areas for the BSC and GGBF, monitor and survey BSCs and GGBFs, manage feral pest animals, and provide educational information and roadside signage to boost the community's awareness of the issues affecting this wetland area.

Greater Taree City Council
Wingham riparian reserve "stepping stone" canopy consolidation
Grant: $99,100

The project aims to extend the native vegetation of an environmentally significant area in the riparian zone of the Manning River at Wingham. It will contribute to the protection of Wingham Brush Nature Reserve and increase the area of lowland floodplain rainforest along the Manning River. The first and second stages (funded by the Environmental Trust) have involved weed removal and planting with a species selection representative of the adjacent Wingham Brush Nature Reserve and the start of a heritage walk to increase community participation. This next proposed stage is to plant a further 20,000 plants which will allow canopy consolidation and the removal of nurse weeds where possible. The project will assist the site in finally becoming self sustaining. This project is significant as there is limited public ownership of unique riverfront land in the Taree LGA, and therefore this project will provide opportunities for the community to participate in a riparian restoration project.

Maitland City Council
Enhancing Tenambit Wetland with an educational walking circuit
Grant: $48,600

This project will build a 1,200 metre pathway around elevated land on the western side of Tenambit Wetland. The pathway will weave through a stand of Lower Hunter Spotted Gum-ironbark Forest overlooking the Freshwater Wetland Complex of Tenambit Wetland. Information points will be positioned along the walkway displaying educational signage that highlights aspects of the natural ecosystem and the successful rehabilitation features of Tenambit Wetland. The 'wetland walk' will be open to everyone and is expected to be used regularly by school pupils, local residents, tourists, university students, environmental groups, nature lovers, etc. This project will form stage 1 of an intended three stage development process that will eventually circumnavigate the greater Tenambit Wetland area, incorporating boardwalks, rest areas, viewing platforms, birdwatch hides, a self-guided educational circuit and dual access points for maximum public access.

Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Riparian rehabilitation plan for the Upper Tweed sub-catchment
Grant: $97,650

The NRCMA is collaborating with Tweed Shire Council (TSC) and local contractors in the development and implementation of the Riparian rehabilitation plan for the Upper Tweed sub-catchment (RRP). Thirty eight landowners are currently involved covering over 36 kilometres of stream bank. Riparian weeds, past clearing and stock are the main threats. By June 2007 4 kilometres of stream bank will be rehabilitated and 3 kilometres protected from stock impacts. This will be built on in 2007/08 and by June 2008 follow-up work will be undertaken at existing sites and a further 3.5 kilometres of stream bank will be rehabilitated. This proposal is to implement 4 kilometres of the revegetation component of the RRP.

Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Border security - control of bitou in the northern containment zone
Grant: $100,000

The rapid expansion of bitou bush along the NSW coast has significantly impacted coastal ecosystems. Bitou is declared as a noxious weed and one of 20 weeds of national significance.  Invasion of native plant communities by bitou is listed as a key threatening process. This project will control bitou at the northern front of its attack in the national northern containment zone (NCZ) on the north coast of NSW adjacent to the Queensland border. Control in the NCZ will help to reduce the distribution of bitou in Australia and achieve biodiversity outcomes across council, state government and Aboriginal land.

Parramatta Park Trust
Restoration of Cumberland Plain river-flat vegetation
Grant: $62,860

The project will restore a degraded area of remnant Sydney Coastal River Flat Alluvial Woodland, (a listed endangered ecological community - Cumberland Plain Woodland) on the banks of the Parramatta River and adjacent areas in Parramatta Park. Approximately 2.6 hectares of bushland, including 1.3 kilometres of riparian vegetation will be rehabilitated by removing invasive weed species and the planting of 6000 native trees, shrubs and groundcovers. The project will also address 0.7 hectares of Sydney coastal river flat vegetation that is currently being utilised by the grey headed flying fox. The vegetation, particularly the canopy trees, is under significant pressure from both invasive weed species (particularly vines) and the flying foxes themselves. An important component of the proposed project will be to reduce this pressure by removing the threat of exotic vines and the planting of 1000 native trees for canopy replacement.

Port Stephens Council
Improving and protecting the water quality in Tilligerry Creek
Grant: $61,018

To involve landholders in actively improving the land and water quality within the Tilligerry Creek Catchment and the Port Stephens Estuary, through the combination of riparian area protection, appropriate fencing and planned revegetation. This will improve water quality, control nutrient runoff, prevent soil erosion and provide additional vegetation cover directly benefiting both land based agriculture and aquaculture industries.

Port Stephens Council
Dune and koala habitat restoration at One Mile Beach
Grant: $97,936

The One Mile - Anna Bay koala population is currently under significant stress due to a variety of European influences including motor vehicle collisions, dog attacks, disease, and loss of habitat through development. The remaining habitat in One Mile and Anna Bay is now being influenced by a new threat as a result of development over the past 25 years. Due to vegetation on the foredune along One Mile Beach being replaced by a monoculture of bitou bush, a blast of salt air is more frequently reaching non salt tolerant species that are significant to koalas further back from the immediate coastline. As a result these trees are slowly dying, thus further reducing the available habitat for koalas in One Mile and Anna Bay. It is proposed to revegetate and fence the dune system at One Mile to prevent this happening by re-establishing the shield of salt tolerant vegetation on the dune.

Shoalhaven City Council
Elimination and/or containment of madeira vine in the Shoalhaven LGA
Grant: $98,840

The project will undertake best practice weed control methods on each of the 128 sites in the Shoalhaven where the invasive climber madeira vine is present. The project will either eliminate the weed from the site, or will significantly reduce its extent and put in place a containment strategy so as to minimise or eliminate the threat of the weed spreading into the surrounding environment. Madeira vine is a serious threat to several EECs. It is spreading down the Kangaroo River, Sawyers, Barrengarry, Bundewallah, Broughton Mill, Broughton and Bomaderry Creeks, is widely distributed through the urban areas of Berry, Bomaderry, Nowra and Milton and has recently been found in a number of the coastal townships. It is considered by bush regenerators and weed control operators as the weed with the greatest risk to natural areas of the Shoalhaven.

Sutherland Shire Council
Rehabilitation of littoral rainforest on Hungry Point, Cronulla
Grant: $33,000

The project aims to protect and rehabilitate the degraded endangered ecological community (EEC) of littoral rainforest located at Hungry Point, Cronulla as well as protecting the habitat of the rare plant, Prostanthera densa. Funding will permit the removal of the persistent exotic woody weed species, vines and asparagus fern thus encouraging natural regeneration of the remnant rainforest species. Hand removal and selective herbicide application will complement previous contractual works in adjacent areas of Darook Park and Bass and Flinders Point. The Greenweb corridor on the foreshore of Port Hacking will be enhanced and improved by protecting this important ecosystem.

Tweed Shire Council
Riparian vine weed mapping and suppress in the Tweed River Catchment
Grant: $100,000

The project will strategically map, prioritise, control and suppress exotic vine weeds infesting riparian vegetation in the Tweed Valley. Vine weeds, including cats claw creeper and madeira vine have been recognised as a key threatening process under the TSC Act. Their proliferation in the Tweed Valley is severely degrading some of the highest conservation value forest in the shire by smothering canopy and understorey and killing mature trees. This has a severe impact on habitat value, connectivity and diversity. Riparian areas dominated by vine weeds are more prone to erosion and no longer shade the watercourse, so the infestation process is also degrading aquatic ecosystems and negatively impacting water quality. This project will efficiently map the location and extent of key infestations, prioritise sites for control, and undertake vine removal at a significant number of key sites. This project is critical for riparian biodiversity and habitat conservation in the Tweed.

Tweed Shire Council
Integrated control of Indian mynas in Tweed and Byron Shires
Grant: $99,760

This project will undertake a program of strategic Indian myna control in the Tweed and Byron local government areas. Recognised as one of the world's 100 most invasive species (IUCN), Indian mynas have recently (3-5 years) colonised both rural and urban areas within Tweed and Byron Shires. The Indian myna is a highly intelligent and aggressive bird that successfully competes with our native species (including many threatened species) for food and nesting sites. Initial work funded by the NRCMA in 2006 led to the successful control at a limited number of sites but found that a wider range of control measures and a more strategic approach is needed if numbers of this species are to be reduced. This project builds on this previous work and seeks to to provide a coordinated approach to controlling the spread of this species while populations are still small.

Wollongong City Council
Restoration and regeneration of Korrongulla Wetland
Grant: $60,000

This project involves the restoration of native vegetation at Korrongulla Wetland. Weed removal will be undertaken across approximately 8000 square metres, comprising the following EECs: Bangalay Sand Forest, Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest and Freshwater Wetland. Korrongulla Wetland provides habitat for a diversity of fauna, and is a major breeding ground for the little pied and pied cormorant. The area is currently degraded due to infestation with weeds such as turkey rhubarb, blackberry, lantana, madeira vine, asparagus fern, solanum, ehrhata and honeysuckle. A vegetation management plan (VMP) prepared for the site in 2006 found a total of 65 weeds present. Although the site is heavily infested with weeds, natural regeneration is expected to be high once weeds are removed. A period of 36 months will be necessary to undertake the primary weeding, secondary and maintenance weeding. Restoration techniques undertaken will be as recommended in the VMP.

Wollongong City Council
Restoring riparian corridor connectivity along Brooks Creek
Grant: $80,000

This project involves undertaking riparian restoration and regeneration along three stretches of Brooks Creek, comprising a total length of 1,000 metres. The area is currently heavily degraded due to infestation with woody weeds such as willow, coral and privet trees and other weeds including madeira vine, trad, turkey rhubarb and lantana. Willow trees are blocking the creek and creating bank erosion. Contractors working for council and a Bushcare group are currently undertaking restoration work along four sections of the creek. This projects aims to restore the connectivity of the riparian corridor by undertaking work between these sites. A VMP is also being prepared for the Brooks Creek Catchment which will recommend management strategies. A period of 36 months will be necessary to undertake the woody weed removal, primary weeding, planting the maintenance weeding. Restoration techniques will be as recommended in the VMP that will be prepared for the site.

Wollongong City Council
Riparian vegetation restoration along American Creek, Mt Kembla
Grant: $10,500

This project will continue a program of riparian restoration and regeneration work along a stretch of approximately 100 metres of American Creek, Mt Kembla. This area is degraded with woody weeds such as coral trees and privets. Work is also required to remove other invasive weeds including morning glory, madeira vine, moth vine, mysore thorn, lantana and cassia that are threatening any potential natural regeneration. A period of 18 months will be necessary to undertake the initial woody weed removal, primary weeding, planting of appropriate native species and maintenance weeding. Restoration techniques to be used will be industry best practice.

Wyong Shire Council
Tumbi Umbi Creek wetland rehabilitation project
Grant: $99,220

Tumbi Umbi Creek is a major tributary draining to Tuggerah Lakes, NSW. It supports two large wetland communities of regional significance. The catchment has undergone considerable development since the 1950's placing pressure on the health and viability these communities. This project will protect and rehabilitate a 24.3 hectare wetland comprising two endangered ecological communities on the eastern branch of the creek. The project will improve water quality, reduce sediment loads, reduce flow velocities, improve flow dissipation, remove weeds and revegetate the wetland to improve habitat value for threatened species. The project will engage Landcare volunteers and help to educate local residents.

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