Project summaries - 2008 Restoration and Rehabiliation - community grants

2008 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Bankstown Bushland SocietyConservation of threatened dry rainforest flora in southern Sydney77,800
Bellambi Dune Bushcare GroupBellambi foredune restoration Wollongong NSW60,000
Bellingen Urban Landcare Group IncBellingen Island and Cemetery Creek bushland corridor project80,260
Brunswick Valley Landcare IncRestoring endangered swamp sclerophyll in the Brunswick Catchment12,624
Burra Creek Landcare GroupRiparian revegetation Burra Creek to create major biolink61,600
Cabramatta Creek Flying Fox CommitteeRail to reserve; restoration of Cabramatta Creek's habitat corridor100,000
Community Environment Network IncRegeneration of wildlife corridors through land for wildlife94,516
Corowa and District LandcareRestore and rehabilitation priority "paper laneways" in the Corowa Shire98,030
Ebor Progress Association IncEbor villagelink community development project 388,275
Environmental Training & Employment IncHuonbrook bush regeneration to enhance wildlife corridors and biodiversity99,800
Environmental Training & Employment IncMaclean lookout restoration and rehabilitation98,318
Friends of Colo IncWillow and weed control and monitoring Colo River and catchment28,588
Friends of Mangerton ParkRestoration of Mangerton subtropical rainforest community Wollongong40,000
Jali Local Aboriginal Land CouncilRestoration of Jali heath and wetland at Seven Mile Beach100,000
Macleay Landcare Network IncRiverine floodplain rainforest revegetation project99,995
Nambucca Valley Landcare IncIndian myna control project mid north coast100,000
National Parks Association of NSW - Mid North Coast BranchCrowdy Bay National Park - Dunbogan habitat corridor restoration82,523
Nature Conservation Working GroupSupplementing Bush stone-curlew populations in the western Murray98,022
Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project IncImproving the sustainability of Pambula Wetlands management94,520
Shearwater the Mullumbimby Steiner SchoolShearwater Wetlands restoration20,070
Silver Beach Dunecare GroupRehabilitation and restoration of Bonna Point, Kurnell7,500
Upper Clarence Combined Landcare IncMallanganee stepping stones connecting regional ecosystems99,990
Waterfall Springs Conservation Association IncEndangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby breeding program98,570
WetlandCare AustraliaNorthern Rivers upper tributaries rehabilitation project99,710
WetlandCare AustraliaWetland protection within high productive forestry land holdings99,410
Wolli Creek Preservation Society IncWolli Creek bush restoration, western section stage 241,413
26 ProjectsTOTAL$1,981,534

Bankstown Bushland Society
Conservation of threatened dry rainforest flora in southern Sydney
Grant: $77,800

Dry rainforest-type flora in inner south-western Sydney* occurs sporadically within endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland and Turpentine Ironbark communities in small, isolated remnants between Lansdowne and Chullora. Many of the key indicator species are extremely rare, their survival threatened by a range of environmental weed invasions. This flora includes Tylophora woollsii 2E (Norfolk Reserve), Parsonsia lanceolata (Marion Reserve), Alphitonia excelsaand Marsdenia viridiflora (Lansdowne), Passiflora cinnabarina (Riverlands) and Myoporum bateae 3RC- (The Crest). The aim of this project, in cooperation with Bankstown City Council, is to eradicate local environmental weed invasions, with the purpose of restoring and consolidating core habitat areas and perimeters.
* "Taken for Granted: The Bushland of Sydney and its Suburbs" Benson & Howell 1990 p.49.

Bellambi Dune Bushcare Group
Bellambi foredune restoration Wollongong NSW
Grant: $60,000

The Bellambi Dune Reserve is the last remaining intact dune system on coast of the Illawarra. All other dunes have been removed or severely degrated. Bellambi Dune was protected by a lagoon system and saltmarshes. The whole reserve is of high conservation value within the region and contains communities listed under the TSC Act 1995. This section of the dune has considerable Aboriginal midden sites and an Aboriginal archaeological study was carried out when the Bushcare group started. Extensive restoration has occurred throughout the dune since 2003. It is proposed to address restoration of zones 6 and 7 (4.9 hectares) by employing bush restoration contractors to remove the highly invasive weed that have invaded due to extreme disturbance of this part of the dune, particularly zone 6 which lies at the entrance to the dune system and is adjacent to a now defunct sewage treatment plant and is therefore the most heavily impacted.

Bellingen Urban Landcare Group Inc
Bellingen Island and Cemetery Creek bushland corridor project
Grant: $80,260

Bellingen Island is the largest remnant of the endangered ecological community Lowland Subtropical Rainforest on Floodplain on the central-lower Bellingen. It is an important maternity colony for the threatened grey headed flying fox and provides habitat for many other threatened species. This project will help protect the island through bush regeneration and formation of a vegetation corridor between the remnant and other areas of native vegetation. The project will also work on Cemetery Creek, and will work to link all of the other BULC work sites together through bush regeneration, tree planting and community education to promote restoration on private lands adjoining the sites. The project has been developed in close consultation with Bellingen Shire Council and other landcare groups and will work with TAFE, work-for-the-dole, local businesses and the community to achieve it.

Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc
Restoring endangered swamp sclerophyll in the Brunswick Catchment
Grant: $12,624

The project aims to protect and restore swamp sclerophyll forest in the Mullumbimby Creek sub-catchment, northern NSW. Swamp Sclerophyll Forest on coastal floodplains is classified as endangered ecological community in NSW by DECC. The key objectives of the project are restoration of a degrated endangered ecosystem; creation of a wildlife corridor; improvement in water quality; protection of existing vegetation; increased terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna species diversity; and increased community awareness of wetland restoration. This project will be delivered by the Tristran Parade Locality group, part of the Brunswick Valley Landcare (BVL) umbrella group. A key outcome of this project will be educating landowners, Landcarers and the local community in how to restore and protect this threatened community. Once completed this project will create the largest remnant of this ecosystem in the western part of the Brunswick Valley catchment.

Burra Creek Landcare Group
Riparian revegetation Burra Creek to create major biolink
Grant: $61,600

The project aims to create and enhance a 24 hectare critical "missing link" of riparian native vegetation in the Upper Murray Catchment, from the montane Eurabbie forests at 700 metres, to the sclerophyll forest at 450 metres, (Blago Forest to Bogandyera Nature Reserve) along Burra Creek. There are patches of high quality native vegetation, broken by areas of blackberries and willows. The site has local cultural significance, parts being old gold mining sites, and it includes a section of the Hume and Hovell walking track. A collaborative project team of Burra Landcare, Murray CMA, Tumbarumba Shire Council and Dept Lands, all of whom have experience in undertaking similar projects in the Upper Murray, will facilitate the project. Over two years weeds will be removed following best practise methods and 6 kilometres revegetated. A public awareness strategy is an integral part of the project to increase community knowledge about riparian management and biolinks. This project will spawn to other similar projects.

Cabramatta Creek Flying Fox Committee
Rail to reserve; restoration of Cabramatta Creek's habitat corridor
Grant: $100,000

This project aims to restore vegetation on the banks of Cabramatta Creek between the southern rail-line and the Hume Highway, Cabramatta, which is home to a grey-headed flying-fox maternity colony and features endangered ecological communities. However the site suffers from environmental problems relating to weed invasion and urban encroachment. The area has not been successfully managed in the past due to the patchwork of public and private ownership. The project aims to holistically manage the environmental issues of this section of Cabramatta Creek by bringing together all of the stakeholders of the area. The project will endeavour to engage the local community to foster community awareness, pride and ownership of Cabramatta Creek. The project will also bring together two dedicated Bushcare groups, the Fairfield Creeks and Wetlands Group and the Cabramatta Creek Flying-Fox Committee.

Community Environment Network (CEN) Inc
Regeneration of wildlife corridors through Land for Wildlife
Grant: $94,516

This project will rehabilitate wildlife corridors identified and established through the Land for Wildlife (LFW)program. LFW is an entry level voluntary conservation program that encourages landholders to manage their properties for biodiversity values. The project will focus on the central coast region (with over 250 LFW members) however we will also consider corridors in other areas where LFW is supported. On the central coast, many LFW members are nearby neighbours contributing to wildlife corridors. The project will identify these wildlife corridors, identify NRM issues for that corridor and provide bush regeneration to LFW members and also on public land that is part of the corridor. Other activities will include seed collection and propagation (as appropriate), workshops/field days and education/promotion of these corridors. We will work closely with other agenciesand councils in the project activities.

Corowa and District Landcare
Restore and rehabilitation priority "paper laneways" in the Corowa
Grant: $98,030

With the assistance of a part time project coordinator, we aim to engage local landholders in the restorationand rehabilitation of 10 priority "paper laneways" (disused lanes). Landholders willing to fence and revegetate/manage remnants in laneways running through their properties can apply for road closure with a discounted fee according to levels of environmental works undertaken, in partnership with NSW Dept. of Lands. These 10 priority "paper laneways" will be chosen based on their ability to enhance the connectivity to existing significant re-vegetation and remnant vegetation sites, and their current biodiversity value. The project will provide extension advice, incentives for fencing materials, direct seeding and/or tube stock, as well as the option of nesting boxes and pest plant and animal control incentives. We aim to create 30 kilometres of wildlife corridors throughout the Corowa Shire through on ground works and community education.

Ebor Progress Association Inc
Ebor villagelink community development project 3
Grant: $88,275

Ebor villageLink - is a five year community development project based on the restoration and conservation of 3 kilometres of the Guy Fawkes River and the 200 hectares of public land on the Ebor village boundaries. Projects include protection of EEC sites, the restoration of three lagoons, a snipe sanctuary, five wetlands, and riverside grassbeds, the regeneration of 50 hectares of riverine woodland. A board walk from the school across a wetland including a "senses garden" with disabled access and a shared (3 kilometres) pathway through the common to allow controlled public access. Exclusion of stock from 50 hectares and the implementaton of vehicle control to stabilise damage and pressure from multiple use. Regeneration will control run off and improve water quality. Pathway includes riparian replanting zones and public use sites. Improve safety and health of residents and environment and allow the continuation of mulitple land uses.

Environmental Training & Employment (EnviTE NSW) Inc
Huonbrook bush regeneration to enhance wildlife corridors and biodiversity
Grant: $99,800

Bush regenerators will be employed on private land to restore and rehabilitate high conservation value (HCV) sub-tropical rainforest that links Nightcap and Goonengerry National Parks. The properties are located within a narrow gorge between the two parksand provides an important wildlife corridor. The properties are home to 27 threatened species with a further 60 known to occur in a 5 kilometre radius of the site. Weed control is critical to maintain and improve the condition of vegetation and protect native flora and fauna species and habitats. Weed species, particularly lantana and smooth senna are restricting natural regeneration and growth of native species on sections of the property. Systematic and strategic bush regeneration activities will be undertaken over a three year period. Byron Shire Counciland the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) have demonstrated their enthusiastic support.

Environmental Training & Employment (EnviTE NSW) Inc
Maclean lookout restoration and rehabilitation
Grant: $98,318

The project will employ professional bush regenerators to work with the Yaegl Aboriginal Community and Maclean Landcare Group to rehabilitate high conservation value subtropical rainforest and dry sclerophyll forest over 5 hectares at Maclean Lookout Reserve. The site is habitat for threatened flora and fauna species and forms part of a corridor linking to DECC estate. Maclean Lookout is an important cultural and resource site for the Yaegl Aboriginal Community. Weed infestation, including lantana, dutchmans pipe and garden escapees, is degrading native plant communities and limiting regeneration. A vegetation restoration plan will be developed and works implemented in line with plan recommendations. The capacity of the newly formed landcare group and the Yaegl Community to manage the site will be enhanced through training in restoration techniques and working to a plan alongside professional bush regenerators.

Friends of Colo Inc
Willow and weed control and monitoring Colo River and catchment
Grant: $28,588

We began treating willows on the Colo River within the Wollemi National Park/Wilderness area in 2000. Because the source of the infestations was from outside the National Park the project expanded to include willows within the entire catchment. Seedling willows continue to be found even in remote and difficult to access areas. To build on our early success we aim to monitor the catchment until we no longer find willows. Now that willow numbers are reduced, we plan to add value to our program and build volunteers' capacity by also targeting other high priority weeds threatening the World Heritage Area.

Friends of Mangerton Park
Restoration of Mangerton subtropical rainforest community Wollongong
Grant: $40,000

Mangerton Park is a 4.5 hectare,  endangered ecological community listed, remnant Illawarra Subtropical Rainforest community. It is surrounded by housing. Weed species include madiera vine, morning glory, privet, honeysuckle, trad and many more which have destroyed the canopy and are preventing native species regeneration. The Friends of Mangerton Park, active for 23 years, have been unable to tackle a 1.2 hectare area with difficult terrain and weeds along a creekline. The project will be part of an integrated program of work currently happening throughout the park that has proved so successful that the site is being designated the 'best-practice' restoration site for the city.

Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council
Restoration of Jali heath and wetland at Seven Mile Beach
Grant: $100,000

The project will restore and protect (290 hectares) of high conservation value Wet and Wallum heath and SEPP 14 wetland at Seven Mile Beach north of Lennox Head. Weed infestation and rubbish dumping have degraded some areas. The land is held by Jali Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC). EnviTE NSW trainers and bush regenerators will work with the Jali LALC to provide them with skills necessary to manage their land into the future. Accredited training in conservationand land management (CLM2/3) will be provided and EnviTE bush regenerators will work alongside Jali trainees in implementing restoration works. These works will be in line with recommendations of the Jali Land-Lennox Heath Vegetation Plan. This was prepared by EnviTE as part of a Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority funded project.

Macleay Landcare Network Inc
Riverine floodplain rainforest revegetation project
Grant: $99,995

Macleay Landcare Network, with support from Kempsey Shire Council, Mid North Coast Weeds Advisory Committee, NRCMA, are proposing a project that aims to regenerate a remnant lowland rainforest and to engage bush regenerators. Additional community conservation training and support will be provided by vocational training groups including Booroongen Djugun Aboriginal Corporation, Kempsey Correctional Centre, Kempsey PCYC, and local schools. Participants will be trained in planning and restoration of the lowland rainforest EEC, which is within the Macleay River and CBD precinct. The critical nature of this project is twofold; firstly floodplain rainforests are a highly threatened plant community within the north coast bioregion and only 6.05 hectares remains extant in the Macleay. This project would build on existing CMA grants for weed control work, and increase the existing EEC area under conservation by 163% or 9.9 hectares.

Nambucca Valley Landcare Inc
Indian myna control project mid north coast
Grant: $100,000

The project will create a strategic network of volunteers in the region involved in the control of Indian mynas, coordinate and support their work. The region includes the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca Shires, where this invasive species has been steadily increasing in numbers and distribution over the past ten years. The project will build on the previous work done by various groups and councils in the mid north coast area, using existing volunteers as well as creating a new network of volunteers. The project will collect and collate data of sightings and trappings, map the distribution and control of birds, raise awareness in the wider community, strategically target important sites, train trappers and provide the equipment for trapping and euthanasia of the birds. This project is in direct response to community needs.

National Parks Association of NSW - Mid North Coast Branch
Crowdy Bay National Park - Dunbogan habitat corridor restoration
Grant: $82,523

This stage of a systematic habitat restoration project in a 20 kilometre corridor will remove major remaining weed infestations through aerial spraying and groundwork. Restoration will create 15 kilometres of healthy dune complex and a weed-free zone around 24 kilometres of lake foreshore. Work will consolidate eight years of previous restoration, particularly of endangered littoral rainforest (some SEPP 26 classified); restore connectivity between healthy and weed-infested areas; reduce vulnerability to anticipated climate change effects and provide employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people. The community will conduct a volunteer bush-regeneration program and foreshore rubbish removal.

Nature Conservation Working Group
Supplementing Bush stone-curlew populations in the western Murray
Grant: $98,022

The Bush stone-curlew (BSC) is an endangered bird in NSW, with the Murray as the species stronghold. Estimated to be 90 widely dispersed pairs remaining. The project aims to further enhance BSC numbers and achieve objectives of the recovery plan for the BSC to 'supplement declining wild populations with a robust and well-funded captive-breeding and translocation program.' A captive breeding program was established in 2005, with facilities at Moulamein and Jindera. There have been 13 BSC chicks successfully raised to fledging. The community has been driving this project with large amounts of time and expense incurred by individuals. DECC has overseen the project all the way. Funding is requested to supplement wild populations by the release of fledged BSC into the wild, into areas with excellent habitat and extensive fox control and to encourage landholders to participate by funding management agreements.

Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project Inc
Improving the sustainability of Pambula Wetlands management
Grant: $94,520

Panboola is an internationally-recognised coastal wetland listed on the national register of significant wetlands. It occupies an area of 77 hectares within the Pambula Lake catchment. Since the lands were granted to the community in 2002 Panboola has been managed by a dedicated group of local volunteers. The site contains endangered ecological communities including saltmarsh and floodplain eucalpyt forest, and SEPP14 wetlands. Ongoing rehabilitation work by volunteers includes extensive revegetation, weed management, fencing, walkways, bird hide construction and maintenance of amenities and previous conservation works. Panboola now provides a place for learning about wetland environments, local hertiage, sustainable land management, and passive recreation space. However, burn-out has become a significant issue for the volunteers. This project aims to reduce the burden on volunteers and improve sustainability of Panboola through assistance with co-ordination of site management.

Shearwater the Mullumbimby Steiner School
Shearwater Wetlands restoration
Grant: $20,070

Shearwater Steiner School's 48 acres is drained by Mullumbimby Creek on our southern boundary and by an ephemeral wetland watercourse that flows roughly through the middle from west to east. The school has restored approximately 120 metres of the eastern end of this wetland and it is now a thriving natural ecosystem that is a focal point of our school grounds. This project aims to restore the next 300 metres upstream to the condition as closely as possible to that which would have been in existence prior to the site being converted to cow paddocks almost 100 years ago.

Silver Beach Dunecare Group
Rehabilitation and restoration of Bonna Point, Kurnell
Grant: $7,500

This is stage 4 of an ongoing project to protect the endangered ecological community, 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 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 linking small islands of vegetation to the core resilient areas.

Upper Clarence Combined Landcare Inc
Mallanganee stepping stones connecting regional ecosystems
Grant: $99,990

The Mallanganee stepping stones project will work in partnership with private landholders and enhance the ecological values of 36 hectares of native vegetation remnants on the Richmond Range using bush regeneration techniques. These stepping stones of native habitat connect the World Heritage Richmond Range and Mallanganee National Parks, occupying a position of strategic regional and national corridor significance. The corridor can play a role in increasing the resilience of native plants and animals in the face of climate change and other threats. The three year project will involve initial treatments and maintenance, and builds on past corridor initiatives supported by the Catchment Management Authority, and the NSW Environmental Trust.

Waterfall Springs Conservation Association Inc
Endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby breeding program
Grant: $98,570

Waterfall Springs Conservation Association seeks funding for the construction of 12 purpose built enclosures with supplement feed stations and utilities to support the progression and expansion of its existing captive breeding program for the endangered Central Evolutionary Significant Unit (ESU) brush-tailed rock-wallaby (BTRW). Waterfall Springs is a purpose built facility that conducts a highly intensive captive breeding program aimed at generating sufficient new animal numbers for eventual release into the wild to sustain declining wildlife populations and contribute to the long term survival of the species. Captive-bred offspring raised and matured at Waterfall Springs are provided to the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change who are responsible for managing the BTRW reintroduction program in identified priority sites throughout NSW. This project is part of a multi-staged development including the construction of a conservation/education centre.

WetlandCare Australia
Northern Rivers upper tributaries rehabilitation project
Grant: $99,710

The Northern Rivers upper tributaries rehabilitation project will focus on the rehabilitation of wetland and HCV rainforest remnant over four different local government areas. A combination of fencing, weed control,stock management, planting and regeneration techniques will be used on up to twelve properties. Two of the many outcomes from this approach will be the protection and enhancement of critical biodiversity values and a significant increase in water quality. The project will also provide successful models for further encouragement and promotion of conservation works.

WetlandCare Australia
Wetland protection within high productive forestry land holdings
Grant: $99,410

Due to the increase in intensive forestry operations within the Northern Rivers CMA, many wetlands are currently (or will become) suseptable to degradation via a range of catchment processes resulting from the new land use. Due to the nature of intensive forestry operations, wetlands within a forestry coup become threatened by sediment infill, cattle pressures and increased nutrient and pesticide/herbicide runoff. This project aims to identify significant wetland sites across the NR CMA within and/or surrounded by intensive forestry and fund a minimum of 5 kilometres of fencing and other wetland protection works (watering points, weed management). These works will aim to reduce the amount of sediment that could potentially in fill shallow wetlands during the land preperation and tree planting phase of forestry plantations and prevent stock access during grazing times.

Wolli Creek Preservation Society Inc
Wolli Creek bush restoration, western section stage 2
Grant: $41,413

This project aims:

  1. To extend a successful project to rehabilitate a two-hectare area of urban bushland, identified as a priority for bush regeneration in the 2000 Bushland Regeneration Operations Plan (BROP) in the 50 hectares of land to form the Wolli Creek Regional Park (WCRP) under the Department of Environment and Climate Change. This project will concentrate on restoring areas of good resilience to the south-west of the site, linking these with areas already worked.
  2. To further engage the community in protecting and restoring local bushland, and to support and guide a committed group of volunteers from Wolli Creek Preservation Society who have been involved in the enhancement of this bushland for the past several years.

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