Project summaries - 2012 Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants

2012 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants
Organisation Project title Amount $
Ballina Shire Council On the edge - lennox Head and Ballina littoral rainforest recovery

99,250

Bathurst Regional Council Headcut to stability - Hawthornden Creek rehabilitation

100,000

Bathurst Regional Council Racing to save the Mount Panorama woodlands

72,790

Canada Bay Native habitat recovery in the Parramatta River catchment

 99,238

Coffs Harbour City Council Bush regeneration in Coffs Creek western boundaries

100,000

Deniliquin Council Restoration of threatened fish species wetland habitat

65,000

Environment Protection Authority Faeces versus species - the impact of sewage overflows on biodiversity

83,824

Eurobodalla Shire Council Long Beach coast wattle management

52,692

Gilgandra Shire Council Railway Street stormwater wetland and community education program

100,000

Griffith City Council Restoration and rehabilitation of the Tharbogang Swamp

62,991

Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority African olive containment n Dungog local government area, Hunter Valley

99,868

Hunters Hill Municipal Council Restoring EECs along the Lane Cove River estuary

99,888

Lachlan Catchment Management Authority Cleaning up Crookwell - river restoration project 100,000
Lachlan Catchment Management Authority Joining links to improve the water we drink

100,000

Lismore City Council Improving genetic flow between Lismore koala populations

100,000

Lower Murray-Darling Catchment Management Authority Vegetation regeneration and improving ecosystem resilience

100,000

Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority Northern Rivers Aboriginal green teams working on country

87,450

Office of Environment and Heritage Restoration of endangered woodland in Dananbilla Nature Reserves

71,458

Parramatta City Council Duck River riparian corridor rehabilitation and stabilisation project

100,000

Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust Building resilient landscapes following African olive invasion

99,453

Shoalhaven City Council Swan Lake estuary environmental and cultural restoration project 63,290
Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority Reconnecting Muddy Island wetlands by restoring tidal flow

68,300

Tweed Shire Council Protecting and linking HCV habitats from coast to Burringbar Ridge

99,881

23 Projects

23 Projects Totalling

$2,025,373

Ballina Shire Council
On the edge - Lennox Head and Ballina littoral rainforest recovery
$99,250

The Ballina/Lennox Head coast is habitat to highly significant Littoral Rainforest and Themeda Grassland endangered ecological communities (EECs). Remnant EECs will be restored, linkages improved and recovery of the critically endangered Coastal Fontainea (perhaps the rarest tree in NSW) will be implemented through a scientifically designed population enhancement translocation. The program will expand on successful recovery works through Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, Office of Environment and Heritage and Ballina Shire Council investment. Continued translocation works is critical to the recovery of this species that is on the edge of extinction. Additional translocation sites will be established on private/public land. Community groups and landholders will adopt and maintain translocation sites. In addition habitat for approximately 10 threatened flora and 20 threatened fauna will be increased and improved.

Bathurst Regional Council
Headcut to stability - Hawthornden Creek rehabilitation
$100,000

The Hawthornden Creek riparian landscape has been extensively modified leading to active headcuts and in-stream erosion as well as loss of riparian vegetation and habitat. Hawthornden Creek has been identified as the highest priority catchment for rehabilitation in the Bathurst Urban Waterways Management Plan (BUWMP). The project will rehabilitate four reaches over 2.9 kilometres of stream with both in-stream works and riparian plantings using designs commissioned by Bathurst Regional Council. The in-stream works will be primarily bed control structures, rock ramps and bank armouring and will work in concert with previous upstream works and a tailored community education and engagement program. The riparian revegetation will extend box gum grassy woodlands endangered ecological communities species down the creek and also trial the use of sugar in native grassland restoration as per Prober et al (Nov 2011).

Bathurst Regional Council
Racing to save the Mount Panorama woodlands
$72,790

This project aims to build on the successes achieved by the Boundary Road Reserve Landcare Group in the management of endangered ecological communities (EEC) box-gum grassy woodland over the last 15 years. By assisting the landcare group to achieve their management objectives and actively managing adjoining Council land in the Mt Panorama Precinct, the total area of managed, connected Box-Gum Grassy Woodland will be increased by 45 percent. This will be achieved through the development of management plans, weed control, fox and rabbit control, erosion control and prevention, as well as habitat restoration. Additionally, this project features a large public education component to increase awareness of the EEC and to prevent the dumping of green waste and spread of weeds, the illegal collection of firewood and the control of cats and dogs in bushland areas.

Canada Bay Council
Native habitat recovery in the Parramatta River catchment
$99,238

Native habitat recovery in the Parramatta River catchment project aims to expand, restore and manage the extent of native habitats in the fragmented landscapes of the Parramatta River catchment. Using a regional, multi-stakeholder approach, the Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) will undertake this collaborative project through a series of distinct stages over a two year period. The first phase will involve a species richness study of the fauna that make up a vital part of vegetation communities. Using this knowledge, high priority sites and potential corridors will be identified and targeted for on-ground restoration and expansion; linking these communities across the landscape (phase two). The third phase will deliver targeted biodiversity awareness training to council outdoor staff whose work may impact on terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity.

Coffs Harbour City Council
Bush regeneration in Coffs Creek western tributaries
$100,000

Engaging eleven community groups in bush regeneration and environmental education activities in the Coffs Creek catchment west of the Pacific Highway. This area of the catchment has been identified as particularly degraded during recent community consultations about the creek. The work will build upon a decade of commitment by the Friends of Coffs Creek regenerating native vegetation in the catchment east of the highway, as well as building upon work commenced by community groups, including the newly formed Tree Fern Creek Landcare Group. Other groups involved include North Arm Landcare Group, Coffs Community Gardens, Narranga Public School, Club Coffs, Coffs Masonic Village, WetlandCare, Darrunda Wajaarr Indigenous Bush Regeneration Team, Garlambirla Guuyu-girrwaa Elders Group, and Coffs Regional Landcare.

Deniliquin Council
Restoration of threatened fish species wetland habitat
$65,000

Wetlands are now the most degraded habitats due to an array of human disturbances. This project will invest in restoring wetland features and functions to the Deniliquin Lagoons system, a series of wetlands that form an important wetland corridor along a section of the Edward River, a major Murray anabranch. The threatened fish species Southern Pygmy perch (wetland specialist) is established in one of the lagoons. The rehabilitation work will secure the connectivity and habitat for the Southern Pygmy perch and other wetland species to survive, and provide protection for the species that is almost extinct within the Murray catchment.

Environment Protection Authority
Faeces versus species - the impact of sewage overflows on biodiversity
$83,824

Investigate ecosystem transformation from cumulative impacts of authorised overflows from sewerage systems. Sydney Water has over 1,000 legal overflow points for untreated sewage throughout its area of operation. These overflow points prevent the backflow of sewage into premises when the sewerage system becomes overloaded due to wet weather inundation or pipe blockages. The overflows are legal and generally, when taken on an individual basis, have low environmental impact. Some overflow points are located upstream of sensitive natural environments. No assessment of the local cumulative impact of the release of untreated sewage has been undertaken. If an impact is found then the EPA can require Sydney Water to undertake mitigating action.

Eurobodalla Shire Council
Long Beach coast wattle management
$52,692

The project will protect and recover the native vegetation and habitats by the removal of coastal wattle strategically enabling revegetation activities and weed management in the Long Beach area. The aim is to improve biodiversity in an environmental sensitive coastal zone where the growth and spread of Acacia sophorae has occurred developing a monoculture. The removal of coastal wattle will enable the introduction of endemic plant species and will be conducted in a sound environmental manner consistent with the previous study, Long Beach Coastal Wattle Strategy 2010, the associated Property Vegetation Plan and Long Beach Coastal Wattle Control Implementation Plan 2012.

Gilgandra Shire Council
Railway Street stormwater wetland and community education program
$100,000

Construct an artificial wetland to mitigate the impacts of urban runoff and improve water quality from developed catchments in the Gilgandra township, prior to discharge to the Castlereagh River. The construction of the wetland will be undertaken using current best management practices. The project will be complemented by a community education program aimed at the benefits provided by wetlands including biodiversity values and improved water quality (including school visits to the wetlands) and advisory and interpretative signage.

Griffith City Council
Restoration and Rehabilitation of the Tharbogang Swamp
$62,991

The Tharbogang Swamp is a shallow saline ephemeral wetland which is extremely degraded. The wetland has been heavily grazed in the past, with much of the native vegetation cleared. Despite this, threatened species utilise the isolated paddock trees and larger patches of mature bimble box and black box trees which have been retained and provide the structure for rehabilitation of the site. Migratory wading and other wetland bird species also utilise the wetland, though elevated groundwater levels have produced some large areas of salt scalding. The site requires fencing improvements to exclude stock, weed and pest control, ripping and revegetation to return the site to a biodiversity rich mixed woodland and healthy wetland.

Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority
African olive containment in Dungog local government area, Hunter Valley
$99,868

African olive (Olea europeae subsp. cuspidata) is the most serious environmental weed impacting on remnant vegetation in the Hunter Valley. This project will address African Olive infestations in the Dungog Shire Council local government area to enable containment of this weed at its eastern-most range in the Hunter catchment. African Olive is present along roadsides, and impacting on significant remnant vegetation communities on public and private land within four known suburb areas located in the west of the Shire. This project will treat 195 hectares of remnant bushland, and 87 kilometres of roadsides with African olive infestations which will significantly reduce the occurrence of this weed in the Dungog area and assist with restoring endangered ecological communities and vulnerable ecological communities. The project will be an important contribution towards previous and current African olive work underway in the Hunter Valley.

Hunters Hill Municipal Council
Restoring EECs along the Lane Cove River estuary
$99,888

Bushcare groups and bush regeneration contractors will undertake a strategic approach to bush regeneration as well as foster communication between groups along the lower reaches of the Lane Cove River estuary. Bush regeneration works will improve ecological connectivity and restore endangered ecological communities (EECs) including coastal saltmarsh, swamp oak floodplain forest, Sydney turpentine ironbark forest and Sydney freshwater wetlands. Three bushcare groups will participate and liaise with bushcare groups from neighbouring councils and Lane Cove National Park. Bush regeneration works will follow best practice guidelines. Bush regeneration contractors will work with bushcare groups to undertake specialist tasks (e.g. working in EECs).

Lachlan Catchment Management Authority
Cleaning up Crookwell - river restoration project
$100,000

Building on the success of a previous demonstration site, this project will complete the restoration of Kiama Creek and Crookwell River within the township of Crookwell. The extensive infestation of willows have out competed native species and reduced native fauna in and around the creeks throughout the town, and downstream towards the Lachlan River. This highly visual restoration project is committed to community education through awareness campaigns, education and hands-on teaching days. By teaching land managers how to control future willow establishments, the community will take ownership of this program by preventing future environmental damage and restoring native habitat.

Lachlan Catchment Management Authority
Joining the links to improve the water we drink
$100,000

Joining the links to improve the water we drink is a project proposed by Boorowa River Recovery (BRR). BRR is a partnership between Lachlan Catchment Management Authority, Greening Australia, Boorowa Shire Council, Trans Grid and Boorowa Community Landcare Group which has protected and enhanced 80 kilometres of river or 630 hectares of riparian area in the Boorowa catchment since 2007. The proposed project will continue this successful work, through riparian restoration works such as re-vegetation, stock exclusion and erosion control providing connection of corridors and an improvement in town water supply. The Boorowa River is know for its high salt loads to the Lachlan River and therefore has been identified as high priority for riparian rehabilitation.

Lismore City Council
Improving genetic flow between Lismore koala populations
$100,000

Fragmentation of koala habitat isolates populations, impedes gene flow and reduces recruitment. Koalas need to move across the landscape for effective dispersal of sub adult koalas between breeding populations. This maintains genetic diversity and can lead to re-establishment of populations where they have died out. In partnership with landholders, industry and community, this project will rehabilitate koala habitats and corridors through bush regeneration works to control weeds which limit koala movement and facilitate regeneration of koala habitat. Strategic revegetation will improve linkages between genetically different north and south Lismore local government area koala populations contributing to increased viability. Awareness and capacity to implement practical actions which conserve and expand koala habitat will be increased through field days and media promotions.

Lower Murray Darling Catchment Management Authority
Vegetation regeneration and improving ecosystem resilience
$100,000

The project will work to strategically improve vegetation regeneration and landscape resilience through the active management of feral herbivores on 35,000 hectares. The Lower Murray Darling Catchment has high vegetation retention and structure but vegetation condition is highly impacted by feral herbivores, primarily goats and rabbits. The high mobility of these pests compromises the ability of land managers to effectively manage Total Grazing Pressure (TGP), the primary NRM issue in the southern rangelands. The project will also focus on the Sandhill pine woodland endangered ecological community where grazing by feral herbivores removes seedlings and juvenile plants significantly reducing regeneration and ecosystem resilience.

Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Northern Rivers Aboriginal green teams working on country
$87,450

To engage three established experienced Aboriginal 'Green Teams' (Ngurralla, Darrunda Wajarr, Giirin) to implement current management plans addressing restoration and rehabilitation of priority sites in two local government areas - Coffs and Nambucca. The sites selected are important for their natural and cultural heritage values and support a number of endangered ecological communities and threatened species. These include themeda grassland, lowland rainforest and littoral rainforest. The selected areas will be of significant connection to each of the 'Green Teams' working on country and will further build their bush regeneration experience and skills working on sensitive cultural sites and helping in the protection and conservation of these sites.

Office of Environment and Heritage
Restoration of endangered woodland to Dananbilla Nature Reserves
$71,458

Through recent additions, Dananbilla Nature Reserve protects over 1500 hectares of the white box-yellow box-Blakely's red gum endangered ecological community, comprising the largest area of this endangered ecological communities (EEC) in the National Reserve System. Along with smaller areas in the nearby Illunie and Koorawatha Nature Reserves, this reserve supports highly diverse grassy woodland; however some areas lack tree, shrub or some ground layer species due to clearing and grazing, while other areas retain some exotic pasture weeds. The project will apply best practice management in restoring genetically viable populations of relevant flora species to the site; restoring the EEC and improving woodland complexity, structure and connectivity for the many threatened fauna species dependent on this habitat.

Parramatta City Council
Duck River riparian corridor rehabilitation and stabilisation project
$100,000

The project will rehabilitate and stabilise degraded sections of riparian vegetation and endangered ecological communities (EEC) along Duck River within the Auburn and Parramatta City Council local government areas. The project will focus on the removal of invasive exotic vine species that are suppressing the extant and regenerating native riparian and Cumberland Plain vegetation including the EECs of eucalypt river-flat forest, swamp oak forest, Sydney turpentine iron bark forest and coastal freshwater reedlands. The entirety of the river will be treated by the primary, secondary and maintenance treatment of exotic vine species and the planting of 1,000 native long stem species in areas of high erosion potential to stabilise riverbank zones, and 1,000 canopy replenishment trees in the Duck River grey-headed flying fox camp.

Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust
Building resilient landscapes following African olive invasion
$99,453

African olive is the greatest invasive threat to endangered native vegetation in the Cumberland Plain region. Ecological restoration techniques are now required to develop a weed resistant native grassy understorey layer at degraded sites following control of dense olive invasion. This resilient grassy understorey is a key step towards restoration of Cumberland Plain woodland however efforts are limited by native seed availability. This partnership project will establish a best practice in-field seed production area as a feature at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan for public interpretation, research and a sustainable seed supply for large scale ecological restoration.

Shoalhaven City Council
Swan Lake estuary environmental and cultural restoration project
$63,290

Shoalhaven City Council have been working closely with the Cudmirrah-Berrara Bushcare Group to undertake restoration of high value conservation vegetation within and surrounding the village of Cudmirrah-Berrara, including Swan Lake, through the group's Bushcare Action Plan. This project will implement the final stage of the Bushcare Action Plan, by partnering with Bushcare Groups, owners and operators of the adjacent Surfside Caravan Park and Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council. To restore high conservation ecological endangered communities and protect Aboriginal cultural sites in and around the Swan Lake estuary.

Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Reconnecting Muddy Island wetlands by restoring tidal flow
$68,300

This project aims to restore tidal flow and reinstate fish passage to 2.3 hectares of wetland complex in the Tuross River estuary through the installation of box culverts at a causeway bisecting a SEPP 14 wetland.

Tweed Shire Council
Protecting and linking HCV habitats from coast to Burringbar Ridge
$99,881

The project will plan and implement natural resource management in a new Priority Implementation Area (PIA) within a climate change corridor. Restoration and threat abatement will link the coastal floodplain with the Burringbar Range. Using a NRCMA model that prioritises sites for conservation of priority threatened species eight critical locations will be identified. Site Action Plans will be prepared by ecologist/bush regenerators with landowner involvement. Implementation of plans will include restoration and expansion of habitat, control of highly invasive weeds and remediation of other identified threats. Community and landowner awareness of threatened species and habitat restoration will be raised through field days. A PIA poster that identifies community capacity, location of Threatened species, threats and priority sites for actions will be produced.

 

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