Project summaries - Restoration and Rehabiliation - community grants

2012 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants
Organisation Project title Amount $
Bankstown Bushland Society Inc Protection and enhancement of Milperra Wetlands Complex

54,400

Barragal Landcare Group Incorporated Regenerating Cumberland Plain woodland in Barragal Lagoon catchment

99,060

Bellinger Landcare Inc.  Plans to practice - bush regeneration Wenonah Head to Oyster Creek

72,943

Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group Inc. Rehabilitating critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest

 100,000

Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc. From farm to forest: integrating land use and habitat restoration

98,750

Bundagen Co-Operative Bundagen littoral rainforest and Senna acclinis protection project

79,218

Citizens Wildlife Corridors Armidale Inc. Vegetation management for threatened woodland birds - stage 2

99.979

Coleambally Landcare Group Inc. Enhancing Coleambally biodiversity

99,800

Congewai Valley Landcare Inc. Congewai Creek riparian restoration - river flat eucalypt endangered ecological community

100,000

EnviTE Inc. Bruxner Park and Ulidarra National Park restoration project

95,788

EnviTE Inc. Restoration of Clarence estuary nature reserve EECs at Yamba

100,000

Friends of Coffs Creek Protecting the endangered ecological communities of Coffs Creek

15,060

The Goulburn Group Inc. Goulburn wetlands restoration and reconstruction - stage 2 99,116
Grassy Head Dune Care Restoring Grassy Head dunes and rainforest

34,705

Green Point Foreshore Reserve Landcare Green Point foreshore reserve threatened species regeneration

47,080

Kooragang Volunteers Adaptive action protects threatened habitats in Hunter River estuary

81,297

Linnaeus Landcare Broken Head HCV coastal wetland scleropphyll and rainforest restoration

99,993

Macleay Landcare Network Inc. Kempsey koala corridors

80,075

Manning Landcare Inc. Browns Creek restoration - stage 1

86,505

Numeralla and District Landcare Inc. The Badja River - a blackberry free zone

22,505

Pandanus People Inc. Propagate species to regenerate EECs recovering from weed control 60,545
Singleton Shire Landcare Network Inc. Glendonbrook catchment remnants and riparian restoration project

100,000

Tregeagle Landcare Group Tregeagle koala habitat restoration and corridor connections

100,000

WetlandCare Australia Pty Ltd Hunter estuary koala habitat rehabilitation

99,500

WetlandCare Australia Pty Ltd Mid North Coast saltmarsh recovery project    100,000
Wolli Creek Wolli Billabong extensions - stage 1    45,288

26 Projects

TOTAL

$2,071,607

Bankstown Bushland Society Inc.
Protection and enhancement of Milperra Wetlands Complex
$54,400

Milperra Wetlands Complex is a group of three vegetation communities all listed as endangered under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act (1995). These communities are Freshwater Wetlands on Coastal Floodplains, Cooks River Castlereagh Ironbark Forest and River-flat Eucalypt Forest on Coastal Floodplains. These communities are now rare within the Bankstown local government area and under threat from weed invasion and also development. The objective of this project is to carry out bush regeneration at three reserves in order to arrest declining resilience and increase community awareness of the need to conserve these ecological assets. Gallinago hardwickii (the Japanese snipe) listed as a migratory species under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) has been recorded at the Wetlands.

Barragal Landcare Group Incorporated
Regenerating Cumberland Plain woodland in Barragal Lagoon catchment
$99,060

This project builds on the achievements of Barragal Landcare Group since the group's inception in 2006 at the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI), near Menangle NSW. The Landcare volunteers and EMAI management are committed to the long-term conservation of native woodland communities on EMAI. These communities, including Barragal Lagoon catchment are important 'green nodes' providing connectivity in a highly-fragmented, western Sydney landscape. African olive invasion is listed as a key threat to the significant remnants of endangered Shale Hills Woodland and other Cumberland Plain vegetation communities present on EMAI. This project will engage bush regeneration contractors to undertake primary control of African olive and support the ongoing volunteer effort to remove African olive from Barragal Lagoon catchment.

Bellinger Landcare Inc.
Plans to practice - bush regeneration Wenonah Head to Oyster Creek
$72,943

Undertake bush regeneration in two priority zones in coastal forest corridor identified in a NRM Plan prepared for the site situated between Wenonah Head and Oyster Creek. The site contains five endangered ecological communities, a threatened flora species and has significance to local Aboriginal community. Works will consolidate and expand on those already undertaken at northern end of the project area. The project also aims to facilitate and encourage mentoring and training for local Aboriginal bush regeneration teams.

 

Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group Inc.
Rehabilitating critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest
$100,000

This multi-stakeholder project involves controlling weeds, the most immediate threat to the biodiversity and condition of critically endangered Lowland Rainforest of Subtropical Australia (LRSA) at 38 remnants that are priority repair sites in the Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan (BRRBMP). The project implements weed control and a number of other management actions listed in the BRRBMP that will enhance connectivity, the habitat of greater than 70 threatened species and the resilience of LRSA to climate change and other threats. Professional regenerators will do 620 days of weed control and monitoring and evaluation using best practice methodology. The project also involves engaging and educating the community at field days and the Big Scrub Rainforest Day and via our group's publications and website. Running this project will enhance the capacity of Big Scrub Landcare, our partners and other landholders to protect, enhance and restore the environment.

Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc.
From farm to forest: integrating landuse and habitat restoration
$98,750

This project provides a unique opportunity to address major environmental issues such as biodiversity loss, fragmentation of endangered ecological communities, soil erosion and reduction of stream water quality, on degraded farmland and thus protect natural assets in the Brunswick Valley. Brunswick Valley Landcare (BVL) Inc has assembled six properties wherein restoration of biodiversity can be demonstrated to be compatible with primary production. BVL has secured significant in-kind inputs from the landholders and ongoing capacity to maintain and continue works. The landholders are motivated, enthusiastic and can demonstrate a track record of works.

Bundagen Co-Operative
Bundagen littoral rainforest and Senna acclinis protection project
$79,218

The Bundagen Co-operative lands and the adjoining Bongil Bongil National Park support large areas of the endangered ecological community littoral rainforest and a number of threatened species including one of the largest recorded populations of Senna acclinis in NSW. These important areas are threatened by weeds of national significance, lantana, bitou bush and Senna pendula, glory lily and broad leaf paspalum. The project aims to protect and expand these habitats through targeted bush regeneration in a partnership between the community, NPWS, Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare, Coffs Harbour Bushland Regeneration Group, Andrew Morison Bush Regeneration Services and the Environmental Trust.

 

Citizens Wildlife Corridors Armidale Inc.
Vegetation management for threatened woodland birds - stage 2
$99,979

The project will revegetate and rehabilitate 14 sites in the Southern New England region. The project aims to manage vegetation and habitat for threatened woodland birds, including Diamond Firetail finches and Turquoise parrots. This project will protect and rehabilitate 37 hectares of habitat corridors through the planting of 16,000 native seedlings. The sites have been selected as priority areas managed by sympathetic landholders to enhance, protect and manage existing patches of native vegetation. This project will add to our continuing efforts to create linkages, corridors and refuges between patches of remnant vegetation on the Northern Tablelands.

Coleambally Landcare Group Inc.
Enhancing Coleambally biodiversity
$99,800

This Project aims to increase biodiversity across the Coleambally District by reducing the impact of noxious weeds and pests on the natural environment. This will be achieved by implementing a control plan across 20 local properties including fox baiting, rabbit control and noxious weed such as African boxthorn, horehound and prickly pear. It will also involve some fencing of remnant vegetation and enhancement/revegetation.

Congewai Valley Landcare Inc.
Congewai Creek riparian restoration - river flat eucalypt endangered ecological community
$100,000

The project will restore habitat for endangered vegetation river flat eucalypt forest on coastal floodplains endangered ecological community in upper Congewai Creek - a priority sub-catchment for protection and restoration within the Hunter Catchment. The project will address key threats to habitat: over-clearing, stock access, and weed infestation, with a particular focus on containing the spread of Small Leaved Privet. These works will also protect high-value stream reaches and National Park assets within the upper Congewai catchment from degradation. A program of capacity building and on-ground works developed by landholders for landholders will share skills and project resources on a catchment-wide basis; building the community group as well as addressing threats to the health of the Congewai Creek river system.

 

EnviTE Inc.
Bruxner Park and Ulidarra National Park restoration project
$95,788

Bush regenerators will restore high conservation value rainforest and old-growth moist eucalypt forest to improve habitat for threatened species. Bruxner Park Flora Reserve and the adjoining Ulidarra National Park, on the NSW north coast, comprise a dual-tenure conservation area of 1,050 hectares which protects part of the Coast Range located in the Coffs Harbour local government area. Continued conservation of many species within the reserves depends on management of threatening weeds including lantana and camphor laurel. Regeneration works will reduce these threats. Around 200,000 people visit the reserves annually. Locals and visitors will be able to participate in field days which demonstrate the conservation significance of the area and develop awareness of the need to manage threats such as weeds.

EnviTE Inc.
Restoration of Clarence estuary nature reserve EECs at Yamba
$100,000

Six endangered ecological communities in Clarence Estuary Nature Reserve will be restored by professional bush regenerators working with Yamba Landcare group. littoral rainforest, coastal saltmarsh, coastal cypress pine forest, freshwater wetlands on coastal floodplains, swamp oak floodplain forest and swamp sclerophyll forest are represented on the project site which is an important remnant of the last four percent of the original vegetation of the Clarence Estuary. Bitou bush, lantana, ground asparagus, climbing asparagus and a range of garden escapees are degrading this high conservation value area. Systematic ecological restoration works will be implemented over 25 hectares. The landcare group and local community will have opportunities to gain further knowledge and skills through training events and working alongside professional bush regenerators.

Friends of Coffs Creek
Protecting the endangered ecological communities of Coffs Creek
$15,060

Protecting the endangered ecological communities of Coffs Creek Project will remove weed threats such as camphor laurel and mile-a-minute from a 2.3 hectare site adjacent to Coffs Creek. Removal of 27 large dead camphor laurel trees will greatly enhance the visual appeal and safety of the area, enabling the dedicated volunteers who work along Coffs Creek to maintain the site into the future. The local Steiner School will help volunteers to plant 350 natives to enhance the natural regeneration that will occur with weed removal, and to expand the Coffs Creek wildlife corridor used by koalas, squirrel gliders and other species.

 

The Goulburn Group Inc.
Goulburn wetlands restoration and reconstruction - Stage 2
$99,116

This project constitutes Stage 2 of the Goulburn Wetlands Project. The long term aim is to rehabilitate the environmental functions of a section of degraded floodplain on council land through reconstruction, regeneration and revegetation of the system into a complex of wetlands, native grassland/sedge land and riparian tall open forest. Stage 1 has been achieved: reconstructed ponds and embankments to manage water flow, initial weed eradication, preliminary planting of indigenous species and Incorporation of the Friends and Residents of Goulburn Swamplands (FROGS). Stage 2 will focus on building resilience through weed management, extensive revegetation of the site to enhance biodiversity and habitat reconstruction using FROGS (Landcare) volunteers. In Stage 2 we will also implement a monitoring and evaluation system for the site and our interventions.

Grassy Head Dune Care
Restoring Grassy Head dunes and rainforest
$34,705

This project aims to support local Grassy Head Dune Care volunteers to continue regular working bees restoring littoral rainforest, themeda grasslands, swamp and dunes in 18.4 hectares to tackle a range of weeds and conduct restoration activities. Conduct professional weed control on endangered ecological community (EEC) themeda grasslands post fire to reduce any post fire establishment of bitou bush, lantana and weed grasses and conduct important post fire recovery research, support activities that will prevent further dune erosion including planting, silt fencing and weed control and to restore significant remnants of EEC littoral rainforest. The project also aims to remove several coral trees in EEC swamp oak forest and estuary margins. The group will work collaboratively with the Grassy Nursery Volunteer group, who grow provenance local plants for dune care restoration activities.

Green Point Foreshore Reserve Landcare
Green Point foreshore reserve threatened species regeneration
$47,080

Weeds at Green Point foreshore reserve are threatening an ecologically significant vegetation community, containing one of the most significant sub-populations of the threatened Tetratheca juncea. This project aims to restore the integrity of this vegetation community and its threatened species, while involving and educating the community. This will be achieved using an experienced bush regeneration team working with existing local volunteers. Field days will be held and a case study produced to increase the capacity of the wider community to value the environment within the Green Point Foreshore Reserve and become involved in Landcare activities.

 

Kooragang Volunteers
Adaptive action protects threatened habitats in Hunter River estuary
$81,297

Adaptive action in the Hunter River estuary to restore, retain and revegetate targeted sites in priority ecological communities including coastal floodplain woodland, a rainforest corridor, saltmarsh, riparian zones and a shorebird roost in Kooragang Wetlands, Hexham Swamp and Stockton Sandspit through removing introduced weeds, extending tree canopy and understorey diversity to improve potential habitat for the endangered Cynanchum elegans vine, planting protective buffers to minimise disturbance of migratory and other shorebirds, revegetating riparian woodlands and saltmarsh fringe to improve habitat for wetland fauna using local provenance plants recorded in the 1862 'Botany of Ash Island' by Helena Scott. Signs, labels and small sculptures will educate, direct and engage visitors to the sites.

Linnaeus Landcare
Broken Head HCV coastal wetland schlerophyll and rainforest restoration
$99,993

The capacity of Linnaeus Landcare and landholders to restore high conservation value vegetation being degraded by weeds will be improved through working with professional bush regenerators. Works will enhance a rich coastal vegetation mosaic including wetland, wet sclerophyll, sub-tropical and littoral rainforest communities over 200 hectares (restoration area 20 hectares) at Broken Head. This includes endangered ecological communities and habitat for significant populations of threatened species including Smooth Davidson’s plum, Stinking cryptocarya, scented acronychia, Rusty plum and white laceflower. Vegetation restoration plans will guide works. Training events will be held to develop community skills and capacity. Restoration work in this identified key habitat and wildlife and climate change corridor will enhance connectivity of significant habitats.

Macleay Landcare Network Inc.
Kempsey koala corridors
$80,075

This project aims to work with landholders to protect koala corridors through revegetation, habitat restoration, education, awareness raising and a ‘Friends of the Koalas in Kempsey’ register in core koala habitat areas. Private land conservation will also be available to landholders through a Land for Wildlife program. The project also aims to conduct koala surveying for the 330-600 known koalas in the Kempsey local government area, within previously surveyed areas and a new urban area where koalas have been recently sighted. This surveying will assist to develop an urban corridor assessment of habitat quality and connectivity and provide for future management options. The long term goal is to enhance, increase and improve the conservation of koalas in the region and raise awareness of their declining habitat across the valley.

 

Manning Landcare Inc.
Browns Creek restoration - Stage 1
$86,505

This project seeks to restore the riparian vegetation communities along both sides of 1.1 kilometres of Brown’s Creek. This partly tidal creek runs through the town draining approximately 730 hectares and is highly visible to the community. Brown’s Creek supports a wide range of environmental habitats from estuarine seagrass beds to koala habitat. Sixteen fauna and two flora species listed in the Threatened Species Act have been recorded (Brown's Creek Estuary and Catchment Management Plan 2006, GTCC). There is strong community awareness of the need for action to improve the creek. Removal of environmental weeds will allow the regeneration of native vegetation, improving terrestrial and aquatic habitat, benefit water quality and improve the amenity of the creek. 2,000 native tubestock will fill in the gaps and extend edges.

Numeralla and District Landcare Inc.
The Badja River - a blackberry free zone
$22,505

The Badja River is recognised by natural resource institutions as being a rare example of pristine catchment. Although a high conservation waterway that embraces a relatively undisturbed habitat, it has in recent times been beset with a number of invasive weeds. Blackberry, willow, broom and to a lesser extent, St Johns wort have gained a small foothold on the river verges replacing native vegetation communities. This project sets out to find the isolated plants/clumps of blackberry with both professional and community involvement and eliminate them before they have the opportunity to coalesce and create an entangled gallery of scrub. At the same time an effort will be made to check on previous work on broom and willow control and poison where possible.

Pandanus People Inc.
Propagate species to regenerate EECs recovering from weed control
$60,545

Collect seed, propagate plants and re-introduce species endemic to the themeda grasslands and coastal saltmarsh endangered ecological communities (EECs) on the Korogoro Headland and Korogoro Creek at Hat Head. Both areas are in advanced stages of recovery following extensive bitou bush removal (headland) and bank stabilisation and rehabilitation (creek) programs. However both EECs have patchy vegetation cover and bare soil with little prospect of natural regeneration such was the extent of the disturbance. Seed from a variety of species will be collected, propagated in our nursery, and when mature planted at each site to facilitate further recovery and assist natural recruitment in the longer term. Our project is consistent with the Weed Strategy Hat Head National Park (Headlands) and Korogoro Creek Estuary management plan.

 

Singleton Shire Landcare Network Inc.
Glendonbrook catchment remnants and riparian restoration project
$100,000

This project will treat and control African olive, lantana and other incidental weeds threatening 917 hectares of remnant vegetation including endangered ecological communities (EECs), and along 10 kilometres of creeks on private land in the Glendonbrook catchment located in the central Hunter Valley. The project will reduce the incidence and seed sources of these two transformer weeds present along creeks and within and surrounding remnants using proven effective control methods. Landowners will be provided with financial assistance as well as technical advice, support and training by qualified agency staff in weed control and bush regeneration techniques. The project will strategically link with other programs underway in the Hunter to address African olive and lantana recognised as the two worst weeds threatening bushland habitat areas.

Tregeagle Landcare Group
Tregeagle koala habitat restoration and corridor connections
$100,000

Tregeagle Landcare Group will work with professional bush regenerators to restore and connect significant koala habitat and monitor koalas. This is a priority area (Lismore City Council Koala Management Plan) for the long term survival of koalas in the Lismore local government area (LGA). Lantana is impeding koala movement and access to food trees, and together with camphor laurel and privet, is restricting regeneration. Recommendations of the Tregeagle Landcare Target Area Restoration Plan will guide ecological restoration involving systematic weed control in primary koala habitat. Connectivity of habitat will be increased through small scale revegetation. Koalas monitoring data will be will be entered in the Friends of the Koala database to guide management. This will be a demonstration site for koala habitat restoration in Lismore LGA. Field days will develop skills and capacity to restore habitat.

WetlandCare Australia Pty Ltd
Hunter estuary koala habitat rehabilitation
$99,500

The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens features 140 hectares of freshwater wetlands, swamp sclerophyll forest and dry open forest managed by volunteers to showcase flora. Biodiversity conservation is an important value for the site. This project will rehabilitate 40 hectares of swamp sclerophyll forest in the southern conservation zone that provides food trees for koalas. Swamp sclerophyll forest is a state listed endangered ecological community and the proposed project site is listed SEPP 44 - Koala Habitat Protection. The project will also benefit a number of TSC Act listed fauna such as Grey Headed Flying Fox, Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot, as well as four NSW-listed threatened plants and a range of terrestrial orchids.

 

WetlandCare Australia Pty Ltd
Mid North Coast saltmarsh recovery project
$100,000

The project will promote recovery, optimise regeneration and prevent damage to saltmarsh communities between Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. Saltmarsh is classified as an endangered ecological community as it supports critical ecosystem services and builds resilience to climate change. Saltmarsh however, is particularly sensitive to disturbance taking up to 20 years to recover without assistance. Outcomes will be achieved through targeted stakeholder engagement and co-ordinated implementation of best practice restoration. Innovative management (reshaping, translocation, hydrology adjustments and access management) will improve water quality, connectivity and habitat health for nationally threatened migratory birds and recreational and commercial fish species. The project will further develop partnerships, skills and awareness gained through previous works.

Wolli Creek Preservation Society NSW Inc.
Wolli Billabong extensions - Stage 1
$45,288

The billabong, formed by creek straightening about 1950, is one of only two natural freshwater wetlands in the Wolli Creek catchment. Under a road reservation until 2000, it became heavily weed-infested. We will protect and expand wetland areas and continue weed control outwards into new areas of the surrounds, making the system more sustainable. Areas already cleared of weed by Wolli Creek Preservation Society work since 2003 will be maintained to further encourage native recruitment. Major extensions are planned: to the north-east enhancing the new alignment of the Two Valley Trail with extra plantings to further screen the track; to the west forming a corridor to a regenerated area; and to the south to come close to the current creek alignment.

 

 

 

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