Project summaries - 2010 Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants

Updated July 2011

2010 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants
Organisation Project title Amount $
Ballina Shire Council Marom Creek Weir riparian rehabilitation project Ballina

 98,460

Bellingen Shire Council Connect with your river: riparian corridor restoration program

100,000

Byron Shire Council Protecting and managing significant roadside vegetation in Byron Shire

99,000

Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust (CPMPT) and Waverley Council Model yacht pond (MYP) restoration and rehabilitation works

 100,000

Office of Environment & Heritage (formerly Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water) Cane toads in Sydney - avoidance, surveys and eradication

36,154

Eurobodalla Shire Council Planting for potoroos - habitat restoration on the South Coast

99,987

Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority An adaptive approach to managing woody weeds at Jenolan Reserve

100,000

Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority Reinstating wader bird habitat at Pitt Town lagoon

 85,000

Hunter Councils Inc. Rehabilitation of EECs on roadsides and community lands

99,620

Hunter Councils Inc. Black Creek riparian vine project: Cessnock

95,550

Industry and Investment NSW Fish friendly farms in the Tweed (FFFT)

100,000

Lord Howe Island Board Battle of Transit Hill Stage 2 - saving the little muttonbird ground

98,346

Maitland City Council Controlling African Olives in Maitland to protect native vegetation

54,100

Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority Landscape scale restoration of the Hay Rangelands

 66,162

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Repairing the Limeburners Creek to Sea Acres coastal link: stage 1

100,000

Shoalhaven City Council Shoalhaven Madeira Vine control stage 2

 47,794

Shoalhaven City Council Working on country - Indigenous bushcare team - Shoalhaven

96,749

South East Regional Organisation of Councils (SEROC) South east regional waste management strategic plan

100,000

Tweed Shire Council Koala connections

99,844

Tweed Shire Council Protection and restoration of the Pottsville wetlands

100,000

Upper Hunter Weeds Authority Reducing the African olive threat to native vegetation in the Hunter

100,000

Wagga Wagga City Council Biodiversity habitat corridors across the Wagga Wagga LGA

 23,400

Wagga Wagga City Council Narrung wetlands - creating community assets from degraded lagoons

100,000

23 Projects

TOTAL

$2,000,166

Ballina Shire Council
Marom Creek Weir riparian rehabilitation project Ballina
$98,460

The project will implement a Vegetation Management Plan for Marom Creek Weir, to rehabilitate 7.5 hectares of high conservation value 'Big Scrub' lowland subtropical rainforest. Ballina Shire Council will coordinate experienced bush regenerators to extend existing restoration works in the catchment of Wardell's water supply. The remnant contains over 60 native rainforest species, providing habitat for threatened plants and animals. The remnant is threatened by the invasion of exotic trees and vines, without active management its long term survival is at risk. Rehabilitation will reduce erosion and improve habitat and water quality.

Bellingen Shire Council
Connect with your river: riparian corridor restoration program
$100,000

Following extensive stakeholder consultation, agency response and scientific reviews, the recently adopted River Health Plans for the Bellinger and Kalang catchments have identified inappropriate agricultural practices and riparian management as the two highest priority catchment management issues in the Bellingen Shire. This project aims to build on current community capacity building activities (workshops, field days, estuary action planning) to implement best practice riparian rehabilitation strategies. Demonstration sites will be linked strategically to protect and enhance existing remnant or refuge reaches and act as a catalyst to empower surrounding landholders to participate in future riparian restoration.

 

Byron Shire Council
Protecting and managing significant roadside vegetation in Byron Shire
$99,000

Roadside vegetation in Byron Shire includes areas of highly significant conservation values such as threatened species and endangered ecological ecosystems. The preparation of a roadside vegetation management plan will provide a framework for implementation of best practice vegetation management. The plan will be developed subsequent to a detailed on ground survey of all rural roads and the results incorporated to a geographic information system database. Measures to identify significant areas of vegetation will be implemented and relevant staff and contractors will receive training to ensure effective uptake of the plan. Vegetation regeneration works will be undertaken at priority sites as identified by the plan.

Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust (CPMPT) and Waverley Council
Model yacht pond (MYP) restoration and rehabilitation works
$100,000

Model Yacht Pond (MYP) forms an integral part of the Centennial Park pond system, which is situated in the upper catchment of the Botany Wetlands - the largest freshwater wetland system in inner-metropolitan Sydney. MYP pond has a vital role in stormwater management and the urban drainage as the pond is the primary receiving water body for stormwater discharge from the heavily urbanised catchment area of Bondi Junction. MYP is degraded and gross pollutant trap systems in place are unable to cope with pollutant loads and flow velocities. This MYP rehabilitation project has been formulated to improve the stormwater filtration capacity and ecology of MYP. Ultimately, project outcomes improve the environmental quality of the environmental quality of the entire Botany Bay Catchment.

Office of Environment and Heritage (formerly Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water)
Cane toads in Sydney - avoidance, surveys and eradication
$36,154

Individual cane toads have arrived in Sydney for years, but in 2010 their numbers increased dramatically and they appear to have bred in the Sutherland Shire. An urgent concerted effort is required to address this threat, as scientists predict that cane toads can survive Sydney's climate. This project will focus on avoidance, surveys and eradication, that is, preventing hitchhiker toads from entering Sydney, finding breeding sites and destroying all toads found, including post-mortem analysis to establish chytrid infection, breeding status and the presence of a parasite (lungworm) that can pose a threat to native amphibians. The project will dwell on the experience gained at Port Macquarie, where these toads were able to be eradicated, showing that in areas with colder winters this can be achieved.

 

Eurobodalla Shire Council
Planting for potoroos - habitat restoration on the South Coast
$99,987

This project seeks to protect, restore and connect the remaining habitat of an isolated Potoroo population at Wallaga Lake. The Long-nosed Potoroo (Potorous tridactylus) is listed as threatened at a State and Federal level. This population is the most northern on the coast south of Sydney. Most of the remaining occupied habitat is located on private land. This project will provide incentives for landholders to engage in long term management contracts to undertake habitat protection and rehabilitation works to increase the connectedness of the isolated colonies. This project will engage the community and generate support for local conservation actions.

Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority
An adaptive approach to managing woody weeds at Jenolan Reserve
$100,000

The project will build institutional partnerships and community capacity, supplemented with professional weed control to address the severe woody weed infestation in the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Introduced plants such as holly, tree of heaven, privet and in particular, sycamore, have invaded native bushland from ornamental plantings at Caves House. They now cover an area of over 50 hectares with threat of further spread. The project will eradicate outlier populations, establish control lines in core areas and use adaptive management to compare treatments to develop on-going management options. Community activities will be extended and professional control used in difficult areas that would be a risk to community volunteers.

Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority
Reinstating wader bird habitat at Pitt Town lagoon
$85,000

The project will improve the habitat value of the islands within Pitt Town Lagoon for migratory bird species. The lagoon is listed on the Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia and Sydney REP 20. Birds that visit the lagoon are recognised under the JAMBA/CAMBA Bilateral Migratory Bird Agreements. Seven islands in the lagoon provide roosting habitat. These were raised and vegetated in the 1980's to “improve” habitat and aesthetics. This work has since been found to be detrimental to water bird habitat value, and especially migratory wading birds. A feasibility study and Review of Environmental Factors has been undertaken to restore these islands to their original profile, and the Plan of Management for Pitt Town Reserve updated accordingly. It is proposed to modify three islands according to the study, and monitor and evaluate improvement in habitat values before working on the remaining islands.

 

Hunter Councils Inc.
Rehabilitation of EECs on roadsides and community lands
$99,620

The project will undertake works to enhance the long term viability of Endangered Ecological Communities (EECs) in key roadside environments and other council managed lands. The project will target threatening processes directly contributing to degradation of these sites (e.g. inadvertent clearing, nutrient runoff, erosion, dumping and weed invasion) as well as improving the connectivity of targeted EECs. Key activities will include bush regeneration and site protection activities. The project will build on the roadside environment project which has developed training and best practice guides which are available to build the capacity of council staff to effectively manage the roadside environment.

Hunter Councils Inc.
Black Creek riparian vine project: Cessnock
$95,550

The project will design and implement a weed control program for emerging riparian vine weeds to protect ecologically significant sites across two local government areas in the Hunter Region (Cessnock/Singleton). Black Creek contains four threatened flora species and three endangered vegetation communities, totalling 91.7 hectares (mapped 40 metres from the creek line). The project is considered a priority for on-ground remedial work, as it directly removes the threat of riparian weeds before infestations become established and widespread. Training programs will support the long-term success of the project by building landowner and agency capacity for ongoing management.

Industry and Investment NSW
Fish friendly farms in the Tweed (FFFT)
$100,000

'Fish Friendly Farms in the Tweed' is addressing a recognised high priority aquatic health issue in the Cobaki and Terranora Broadwaters. Industry and Investment NSW, in collaboration with Tweed Shire Council, will engage with farmers in the broadwater catchments and implement the successful Fish Friendly Farms program. This program will implement a series of on-ground works to improve water quality, demonstrate to the community the positive role farmers can have in improving water quality, enhance catchments in a sustainable manner and build capacity in the farming community for issues affecting aquatic health.

 

Lord Howe Island Board
Battle of Transit Hill Stage 2 - saving the little muttonbird ground
$98,346

This project will result in the reduction and control of the last bastion of dense Ground Asparagus infestation on Lord Howe Island. Bush regeneration contractors will be engaged to work alongside local people to undertake the control of Ground Asparagus from the south eastern flanks of Transit Hill utilising successful methods employed under the Battle for Transit Hill Project - Stage 1. This project work will compliment eradication outputs made to date and will help to protect the habitats of endemic and threatened species by preventing the spread of this ecosystem modifying weed into remote mountainous areas on World Heritage Lord Howe Island. Importantly this work will enhance the viability of breeding habitats for the threatened migratory seabirds including the Flesh-footed Shearwater and the Black Winged Petrel.

Maitland City Council
Controlling African Olives in Maitland to protect native vegetation
$54,100

This project will eradicate a notorious stand of African Olives from 5 kilometers of roadside verge through the heart of rural Maitland. Drainage lines and stands of native vegetation exist along this section of roadside, which is infested with African Olives ranging in size from seedlings to mature trees. An eradication strategy will be trialled in which the African Olives are (1) defoliated, (2) lopped to ground level, (3) poisoned at the stump, (4) wood-chipped in situ to protect the exposed soil and smother African Olive regrowth, and (5) replaced with local indigenous seedlings. A community education campaign will simultaneously occur.

 

Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority
Landscape scale restoration of the Hay Rangelands
$66,162

The Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority and the Hay Landcare group will collaborate in developing a direct seeding project to achieve Catchment Action Plan targets in biodiversity and community skills, knowledge and engagement. The project, to run for three years, will rehabilitate scalded areas of remnant Riverine Chenopod Shrubland, Riverine Sandhill Woodland, Inland Floodplain Woodland and Riverine Plains Woodland using the latest technology in direct seeding. Targeting private landholders and crown land, eligible sites will be processed using a Property Vegetation Plan, under the Native Vegetation Act 2003, that will provide security over the funding.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Repairing the Limeburners Creek to Sea Acres coastal link: stage 1
$100,000

The 'Repairing the Limeburners Creek to Sea Acres Nature Reserves Coastal Link' focuses on repairing and rehabilitating a vital coastal link. This currently degraded coastal strip retains threatened species and endangered ecological communities but is disrupted by significant areas of weed invasion and small areas of cleared land. It is an important route for migratory species (including summer breeding migrants and blossom nomads) that visit from as far away as Indonesia and Asia. In addition, there are up to 23 rare or threatened species present or that can use this link. Many of these species play a pivotal role in maintaining ecological processes and genetic exchange in these coastal systems, through pollination and seed dispersal. By improving the link and the gene flow between these reserves, their long-term viability is enhanced.

 

Shoalhaven City Council
Shoalhaven Madeira Vine control stage 2
$47,794

The project will complete the implementation of the Madeira Vine Control Strategy in the Shoalhaven, at the 74 most extensive and difficult sites. These sites were partially treated in the existing Trust-funded project. However, the rapid increase in Madeira sites in the Shoalhaven (from 130 in May 2007 to 304 sites in May 2010) had made it impossible for the original objectives of that project (eliminate or contain the weed at all sites) to be achieved. The techniques found to be effective over the past two years (repeat spraying, paint on herbicide gel for climbing vines, trial of innovative approaches, hand removal as infestation size diminishes, landowner and volunteer recruitment and training and repeated follow up) will continue to be applied. Monitoring of Madeira re-emergence will also have increased attention.

Shoalhaven City Council
Working on country - Indigenous bushcare team - Shoalhaven
$96,749

High value vegetation in Ecologically Endangered Communities targeted for restoration by Aboriginal bush regeneration team working on country in partnership with community Bushcare volunteers.
On-ground works will involve co-ordinated control by Aboriginal team and volunteers, of invasive plant and animal species, fencing of sensitive vegetation communities and promotion of the ecological value of these vegetation communities to the community at large, and hence, the passive recreational opportunities these communities offer. The project will expand the capacity of all participants to maintain and implement the project objectives well into the future by improving skills and knowledge relating to regeneration and restoration of Endangered Ecological Communities.

 

South East Regional Organisation of Councils (SEROC)
South east regional waste management strategic plan
$100,000

Development of an innovative Regional Waste Management Strategy for the South East of NSW. This strategy will incorporate:
- resource sharing activities that will result in more efficient and effective waste management
- community education activities to increase the adoption of more sustainable practices
- divert waste from landfill
- identify employment opportunities from waste recovery activities
- examine zero emission opportunities and the ability to convert waste to energy in the region.

Tweed Shire Council
Koala connections
$99,844

Koala Connections will implement critical on-ground and educational actions arising from the Tweed Coast Koala Habitat Study and the Tweed Coast Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management, which are currently in preparation. Specific actions will include: (1) restoration of existing koala habitat; (2) connecting fragmented habitats through revegetation on private and public land; (3) installation of strategic fencing to restrict stock and prevent koala road strikes and; (4) connecting landholders, community groups and individuals through publication of a brochure, educational media releases, training workshops and community tree planting working bees. Together, these actions will help to provide a secure future for koalas on the Tweed coast and foster a sense of stewardship with landholders and the broader community.

Tweed Shire Council
Protection and restoration of the Pottsville wetlands
$100,000

The project will protect and restore 288 hectares of forested freshwater wetland west of Pottsville Waters and Black Rocks residential estates. Pottsville Wetlands comprises large areas of SEPP 14 Coastal Wetland, three Endangered Ecological Communities, important habitat for threatened glossy black cockatoo, koala, wallum froglet, osprey, common planigale, common blossom bat, grey-headed flying fox and other fauna and provides an important coastal habitat corridor. The project will identify threats and establish management actions including controlling weeds to encourage natural regeneration, revegetating areas of threatened species habitat and Endangered Ecological Communities, removing rubbish, preventing access to sensitive areas and community education.

 

Upper Hunter Weeds Authority
Reducing the African Olive threat to native vegetation in the Hunter
$100,000

This project will treat infestations of African Olive (Olea europea subsp. cuspidata) impacting on and threatening remnant native vegetation areas on private and public land in the Goorangoola catchment in the central Hunter Valley. It will provide financial assistance, technical advice and training to private landholders in controlling African Olive on their properties to significantly reduce its seed source, threat and current impacts on remnant rainforest and Spotted Gum - Ironbark woodland areas. The project will incorporate revegetation to enhance native vegetation linkages in the catchment and replace infestations, and will add to containment works already undertaken by Upper Hunter Weeds Authority. Known as the worst environmental weed impacting on biodiversity in the central Hunter, African Olive is of high community concern as it completely alters floristic structures of native vegetation areas.

Wagga Wagga City Council
Biodiversity habitat corridors across the Wagga Wagga LGA
$23,400

This project will collate and map disparate information on locations of ecologically significant flora and fauna populations, wetlands and remnant vegetation to identify the optimum habitat corridors across the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area of 488,000ha. These corridors will provide vital linkages for gene flow throughout the landscape. Such a reticulate network of habitat corridors will best sustain the native biodiversity under the impact of climate change and other threats. The mapped information will be available to the public, particularly Landcare groups, and it will make a substantial progression of the "Communities in Landscapes" project being conducted by Landcare NSW.

Wagga Wagga City Council
Narrung wetlands - creating community assets from degraded lagoons
$100,000

Wagga Wagga City Council will rehabilitate 20 hectares of disused sewage ponds, adjacent to the Murrumbidgee River, to create wildlife breeding habitat and protection for Threatened Species: Birds (3); Amphibians (2); Fish (X) and Aquatic Invertebrates (Y). This is an integrated project which will allow the Indigenous community to practice traditional cultural activities. Interpretative and education facilities will be developed which will enable research and education by Charles Sturt University and schools, and by tourists and local community for passive recreation while naturally filtering water, thereby reducing nutrient loads flowing into the river. This application is to assist with project design, planning, community consultation and some preliminary onground rehabilitation works.

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