Project summaries - 2011 Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants

2011 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Albury City CouncilRestoring endangered ecological communities on Albury's roadsides

69,700

Byron Shire CouncilBush friendly neighbourhoods - restoring and managing urban bushland

98,844

Clarence Valley CouncilClarence estuary riparian and wetland restoration

89,013

Cooma-Monaro Shire CouncilComprehensive koala plan of management for Cooma-Monaro LGA

 100,000

Eurobodalla Shire CouncilRestoring the last remaining stands of two EECs in the Eurobodalla

98,758

Great Lakes CouncilBullahdelah Plain wetland conservation and restoration project

99,302

Hawkesbury City CouncilLittle Wheeny Creek restoration project 2012-2014

49,500

Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management AuthorityOptimising revegetation management for regent honeyeater recovery

89,380

Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management AuthorityWorkers on Water (WOW) - floating landcare in the Hawkesbury estuary

71,425

Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Strategy (HCCREMS)Conservation of Weeping Myall populations on private and public land

100,000

Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management AuthorityFlying-fox Hunter River floodplain habitat restoration

88,957

Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management AuthorityMt View corridor threatened species habitat rehabilitation project

100,000

Kempsey Shire CouncilGills Bridge Creek rehabilitation program (management zone 5)16,880
Lake Macquarie Shire CouncilConnecting Dudley Bluff

97,500

Lord Howe Island BoardEradicating African big-headed ants from Lord Howe Island

99,845

NSW Department of Primary IndustriesGo with the flow - returning water to drained Richmond wetlands

100,000

Rous WaterWilsons River catchment schools education and restoration project

88,179

Shellharbour City CouncilRestoring Blackbutt Reserve

60,400

Southern Rivers Catchment Management AuthorityBuilding the foundations of river recovery - Bega River catchment

100,000

Southern Rivers Catchment Management AuthorityProtecting the high conservation value Clyde River and its EECs

95,000

Southern Rivers Catchment Management AuthorityWetland conservation in the face of climate change40,018
State Water CorporationFish superhighways weir removal program

90,000

Tweed Shire CouncilCross-tenure invasive animal control to protect native fauna

100,000

Wagga Wagga City CouncilWilks Park wildlife restoration area

 19,444

Wellington CouncilKeeping big fish in the Little River, NSW

48,388

25 Projects

TOTAL

$2,010,533

Albury City Council
Restoring endangered ecological communities on Albury's roadsides
$69,700

The Restoring endangered ecological communities (EEC) on Albury's roadsides project will involve the restoration and revegetation of approximately six kilometres of roadside reserves along Centaur Road, Pearsall Street, Overend Street, Pannach Lane and Mudge Street; as well as 200 metres of minor stream drainage line. These road side corridors provide links from the large, un-fragmented habitat of Nail Can Hill Reserve, across the Albury Ranges, to the Thurgoona Environmental Lands corridors. The project will also involve an awareness and education initiative involving local residents and highlighting the significance of EECs and the role remnant roadsides play in connecting fragmented landscapes. The aim of the project is to enhance the biodiversity value of the roadside vegetation (comprising an EEC) and improve the habitat quality of the corridors.

Byron Shire Council
Bush friendly neighbourhoods - restoring and managing urban bushland
$98,844

The project will include 21 urban bushland sites covering 39.5 hectares. The Suffolk Park cluster includes seven sites with a total area of approximately 12 hectares. The south Byron cluster includes seven sites with a total area of approximately 17 hectares. The east Byron cluster includes six sites with a total area of approximately six hectares. One site in Ocean Shores has a total area of 4.5 hectares. The sites are classed as high conservation value vegetation in the Byron Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, and are within the regional wildlife corridor. These urban bushland sites are highly important for conservation as they create essential habitat and connectivity for native plants and animals in a highly modified urban landscape. They are also important areas of 'green space' and provide an opportunity for residents of urban areas to connect and appreciate the natural environment. The project will improve the health of these areas and raise awareness in the community about their values and the threats that are degrading these values.

Clarence Valley Council
Clarence estuary riparian and wetland restoration
$89,013

A range of land uses and practices has degraded ecosystems and left many habitats on the Clarence floodplain at threat from impacts associated with isolation and fragmentation (e.g. weed invasion, altered hydrologic cycles, loss of species and subsequent loss of symbiotic relationships). This project implements actions from the ‘Clarence Valley council biodiversity management strategy’; specifically riparian restoration along 40 kilometres of the estuary between Grafton and Maclean, and re-inundation of a 61 hectare SEPP 14 wetland near Lake Wooloweyah.

 

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council
Comprehensive koala plan of management for Cooma Monaro LGA
$100,000

The project will enable Cooma-Monaro Shire Council to complete a Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (CKPoM) under the State Environmental Planning Policy 44 (Koala Habitat) (SEPP 44) in the eastern part of the LGA. A high level of community participation (important for the Plan's success) will be encouraged in surveys, the results of which will inform the Plan. Surveys indicate the national importance of this population, but its habitat faces pressures related to human habitation and economic development. The Plan will improve community understanding of the koala population and provide pathways for good planning decisions related to its habitat.

Eurobodalla Shire Council
Restoring the last remaining stands of two EECs in the Eurobodalla
$98,758

This project aims to protect and restore the last remaining stands of two types of endangered ecological communities (EEC) existing on public land - themeda grasslands on sea cliffs/coastal headlands and littoral rainforest. Land management plans will be developed and will outline the long term strategies for managing these EECs. The project will engage adjoining landholders/managers where properties also contain these EECs to reduce future impacts on these lands. The wider community's awareness of the significance of EECs will be enhanced and the project will be integrated with Landcare and other environmental programs in the Eurobodalla.

Great Lakes Council
Bullahdelah Plain Wetland conservation and restoration project
$99,302

Floodplain wetlands of the Myall River system provide significant biodiversity and environmental service provision values, particularly in relation to the protection of the Myall Lakes RAMSAR site. Great Lakes Council and the Hunter-Central Rivers CMA have acquired a key, privately-held wetland on the Myall Floodplain for the purposes of public conservation and management. This project seeks to undertake critical on-ground works on the acquired land to conserve the land, protect and restore natural values and reinstate environmental functions. Such works involve protective fencing, control of damaging weeds and feral animals and the targeted restoration/re-establishment of functional native vegetation in presently cleared sections of the acquired land.

 

Hawkesbury City Council
Little Wheeny Creek restoration project 2012-2014
$49,500

Mill Road and Diamond Hill Drive Reserves hold pristine vegetation that has been predominantly protected by geophysical aspects of the landscape. The project will contribute to an ongoing cross tenure effort to protect the unique values of Wheeney Creek and its tributaries. Increased community capacity paired with professional bush regeneration will enhance the current efforts of landowners, community volunteers, Council and the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority in the Wheeney Creek sub-catchment. Bush regeneration will be undertaken in the reserves where exotic weeds including cat's claw creeper, cape ivy lantana and balloon vine have invaded native vegetation along the creek banks. Ongoing engagement and education of local landholders will protect investment in rehabilitation activities and ensure the success of the project for years to come.

Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority
Optimising revegetation management for regent honeyeater recovery
$89,380

The Capertee Valley is the key breeding habitat for the critically endangered regent honeyeater. Birds Australia has been coordinating revegetation to expand woodland bird habitat in the valley for 17 years. In May 2010, the grazing property 'Port Macquarie' was gazetted as Capertee National Park. This provides a unique opportunity to optimise the recovery effort for regent honeyeaters and other woodland birds. Previous plantings have been on private land where there is reluctance to set aside riparian or floodplain areas as these are the most productive for agriculture. Conversely, these are vital areas for honeyeaters as they provide riparian nesting sites and corridors for movement between these and their food sources. This project compares different revegetation techniques for cost and habitat benefit to guide future implementation of the regent honeyeater recovery plan.

Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority
Workers on Water (WOW) - floating landcare in the Hawkesbury estuary
$71,425

High conservation value sites with water-access only will be rehabilitated by eco-volunteers. Activities will include bush regeneration, weed control and marine debris clean-up. The ecological and landscape quality of the estuary will be used to engage and retain an active volunteer base in a fun, focused environmental program. Volunteers will be transported to sites by boat and receive on-site induction, basic training and education about issues, including the value of the endangered ecological communities on the sites. A register of eighteen sites with high recovery potential has been developed through consultation with NPWS and local councils. During the project delivery, the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority will promote it heavily through media and its marketing program to build the profile of the program to secure sponsorship for ongoing implementation.

 

Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Strategy (HCCREMS)
Conservation of Weeping Myall populations on private and public land
$100,000

This project will implement restoration and site protection works at key locations containing threatened weeping Myall woodlands within the Hunter Valley. Existing knowledge of these communities will be augmented by targeted surveying to locate additional remnants and improve understanding of their condition. Mapping of all remnants will be undertaken. Restoration and survey work will target both private and public land to encourage connectivity across various land tenures. Management guidelines specific to Weeping Myall woodlands will be developed with community engagement and education, and will be delivered to enhance landowner, community group, council and agency capacity to rehabilitate and conserve these sites in the long term.

Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Flying-fox Hunter River floodplain habitat restoration
$88,957

Grey-headed flying-foxes have suffered a massive decline due to extensive habitat destruction. This has lead to the species listing in both state and federal threatened species legislation. Flying-foxes are taking up residence in urban areas such as established parks in Singleton and Maitland, resulting in social conflict with humans including impacts on significant cultural and heritage values. This project seeks to address the fundamental problem by restoring potential flying-fox roosting habitat and food resources away from urban areas. Habitat restoration efforts will focus on high productivity endangered ecological communities of the Hunter River floodplain between Singleton and Maitland.

 

Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Mt View corridor threatened species habitat rehabilitation project
$100,000

The project will restore threatened species habitat and connectivity within the Mt View corridor, a strategic landscape conservation corridor for biodiversity in the Hunter. Threatened entities targeted for restoration and protection include vulnerable ecological community Lower Hunter Valley Dry Rainforest (LHVDR) and endangered climber cynanchum elegans. An innovative program of capacity building and on-ground works will address key threats to habitat: over-clearing, fragmentation and weed infestation; and work with local stakeholders, including wine and tourism businesses and traditional owners. On-ground works will be prioritised toward land containing LHVDR and its surrounding buffer areas, as well as vital corridor links.

Kempsey Shire Council
Gills Bridge Creek rehabilitation program (management zone 5)
$16,880

The Gills Bridge Creek rehabilitation project (GBCRP) aims to rehabilitate an area of the Gills Bridge Creek riparian corridor, which has been subject to degradation from land uses of the surrounding urban and industrial development. The Gills Bridge Creek riparian corridor has been identified to contain diverse ecological values including several threatened species and endangered ecological communities. The GBCRP area received limited weed control works as part of a previous rehabilitation project. This project proposes to restorate and rehabilitate a specific area of the Gills Bridge Creek riparian corridor. This will involve weed control activities (including aquatic weeds within freshwater wetlands), plantings of endemic riparian species, enhancement of key habitat values with strategic plantings of preferred koala food trees and installation of nest boxes.

 

Lake Macquarie City Council
Connecting Dudley Bluff
$97,500

Dudley Bluff is an ecologically significant area. It links the Glenrock State Conservation Area, with the Awabakal Nature Reserve. Council bushland in this area has significant ecological value, including seven endangered ecological communities, and several threatened plant and animal species. This bushland has become degraded by weed invasion, affecting local biodiversity, and the corridor value of the land. The project will work to rehabilitate the degraded bushland, and involve the local community to enhance Dudley Bluff’s biodiversity. It aims to improve the conservation status of the area, by pursuing land-transfers of important bushland parcels to the National Parks estate.

Lord Howe Island Board
Eradicating African big-headed ants from Lord Howe Island
$99,845

African big-headed ants (ABHAs) are recognised amongst the top 100 invasive species in the world and are a major threat to native biodiversity and ecosystem integrity on Lord Howe Island (LHI). They pose a direct serious threat to the Island’s terrestrial invertebrates through competition and displacement. LHI invertebrates comprise a high level of endemism and are integral to nutrient cycling and ecosystem function. Impacts by ABHA compound existing threats to LHI's World Heritage values imposed by rodent predation, competition by weeds and climate change and may lead to extinctions. The project will map, treat and monitor infestations with Amdro ant bait (poison laced corn granules coated in soybean oil, and laced with the toxicant Hydramethylnon) over a two year period with the aim of eradicating them from the Island.

 

NSW Department of Primary Industries
Go with the flow - returning water to drained Richmond wetlands
$100,000

Over the last century, historic agricultural practices resulted in draining most coastal freshwater wetlands (backswamps) on the Richmond River floodplain. These practices have fractured an endangered ecological community, while also creating chronic poor water quality values and sporadic, major fish kills. Innovative management techniques, involving modifications to drains that retain water on backswamps, have been demonstrated to improve water quality, promote the return of better biodiversity values and enhance sustainable farming. This collaborative project will undertake the planning and construction of on-ground works that enable the retention of greater amounts of water on four over-drained wetlands.

Rous Water
Wilsons River catchment schools education and restoration project
$88,179

This project is a partnership between seven government and non-government organisations promoting environmental awareness, and restoration in six schools (primary and secondary) with riparian areas on the Wilsons River in Lismore. Two programs will be run per school over three years, where staff and student groups participate in environmental activities on school grounds. Activities include: walks and talks on ecology, bush regeneration and restoration, koala and frog ecology, catchment health and wildlife awareness. Central to the programs are the on-ground works to restore a degraded riparian area which each school can then utilise and maintain as an outdoor classroom and ecological restoration demonstration site. The project will be conducted in the Wilsons River tidal pool (a key water supply), improving water quality and catchment health.

 

Shellharbour City Council
Restoring Blackbutt Reserve
$60,400

This project aims to restore remnant Illawarra lowlands grassy woodlands (ILGW) and Illawarra subtropical rainforest (ISRF) at Blackbutt Reserve Shellharbour. Blackbutt Reserve is a significant area containing a large remnant 15 hectares of ILGW and a small remnant of ISRF, both listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act (1995). The major threat to these endangered ecological communities is invasive weed infestation. The project aims to remove this weed threat and reduce their impact on this significant habitat.

Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Building the foundations of river recovery - Bega River catchment
$100,000

This project will shift the Bega River catchment away from its current degrading trend, using strategic sediment management, river channel and riparian rehabilitation works, to provide a foundation for long-term and sustainable recovery of the river system. Guided by the priorities of the Bega River rehabilitation plan and the Bega Dairy environmental management program, the project will focus on priority rivers and swamps to build landscape scale improvements in river health and more resilient ecological communities. A targeted incentive and extension program will engage landholders in the priority reaches, increase community awareness of river issues and build long term river health outcomes.

 

Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Protecting the high conservation value Clyde River and its EECs
$95,000

The Clyde River is of special significance to the people of NSW. With a vegetated catchment and minimal regulation the Clyde was classified as a river of ‘high conservation value’ by the Stressed Rivers Assessment (1999). However, while the condition of the catchment is generally good, investigations by Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) have identified the health of the Clyde is being slowly eroded due to the impacts of stock access, boat wash erosion and loss of native vegetation. Protection is cheaper (and better) than restoration and Southern Rivers CMA has identified and prioritised sites to focus protection and remediation efforts. Our vision is to bring the community together to maintain the health and resilience of the Clyde River catchment; ensure critical ecological thresholds are not crossed and the Clyde remains healthy and productive for future generations.

Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Wetland conservation in the face of climate change
$40,018

Strategic investment of public funds in wetland conservation on the Southern Tablelands is impeded by poor understanding of the distribution of the asset and insufficient consideration through state and federal wetland classifications. Appropriate investment and management is also unclear in the face of climate change. This project will provide information on the spatial configuration of Southern Tablelands wetland values. Through landscape scale hydrogeological modelling potential impacts of climate change on wetlands will be examined. 20 Southern Tablelands wetlands will be recommended for investment that are representative of wetland diversity and are low risk investment options in relation to climate change.

 

State Water Corporation
Fish superhighways weir removal program
$90,000

Fish superhighways weir removal program will improve native fish migration to over 170 kilometres of upstream waterway through the removal of three priority State Water owned weirs: Cob-o-Corn Creek Weir, Shannon Brook Weir, and Cedar Party Creek Weir. Removal of the three weirs will mean that for the first time in over 40 years, native migratory fish such as the Australian bass and freshwater mullet will have unimpeded access to upstream tributaries within the Richmond and Manning catchments.

Tweed Shire Council
Cross-tenure invasive animal control to protect native fauna
$100,000

This project will support the Tweed community with undertaking on-ground control works targeting five of the non-indigenous vertebrate species that pose a significant threat to fauna species. This project consists of three discrete programs. The first program will exclude cane toads from a breeding site adjacent to a coastal conservation reserve and will revegetate the bank to improve the habitat values for native fauna. The second program will expand the current Tweed Indian myna control program by recruiting more community trappers; and promoting land management practices that disadvantage invasive species and favour native fauna. The third program will coordinate a collaborative, cross-tenure, feral dog, fox and feral cat control program that will reduce predation on multiple threatened fauna species, particularly Tweed coastal koala populations.

 

Wagga Wagga City Council
Wilks Park wildlife restoration area
$19,444

Squirrel gliders are a vulnerable species, with endangered populations within the Wagga Wagga LGA. This project will raise the awareness of the threatening processes upon the Squirrel Glider and also improve the quality of the floodplain habitat at Wilks Park. This will be achieved by providing a formal walking track for guided biodiversity tours and individual community members to use. Motor vehicle access will be restricted, allowing the understorey to regenerate. Signs will be installed promoting the use of the area and discouraging activities such as firewood harvesting and off road driving which adversely affect the squirrel glider habitat.

Wellington Council
Keeping big fish in the Little River, NSW
$48,388

Riparian areas are identified as high risk pathways for spread of weeds. In order to preserve the Little River's status as prime Murray cod breeding habitat, the health of the riparian area will be protected by strategic control of weeds in identified hotspots. This project aims to control known and emerging pest plant species in the Little River riparian area, including osage orange, century plant, pepper tree, poplar, white cedar, dodder, willow and athel pine. Liaison, information sharing and agreement with land managers will ensure that designated/treated areas along the length of the river will be maintained weed-free after control works are completed.

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