Project summaries - Restoration and Rehabiliation - community grants

 

2013 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. Capacity building in provenance issues for restoration

27,911

Australian River Restoration Centre

Rivers of carbon - Yass River linkages

97,000

Broulee-Mossy Point Dunecare Controlling the environmental weed threats to Eurobodalla's EECs

99,400

Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc.

Broken Head coastal corridor restoration project

98,700

Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group Inc.

Targeted remnant linkage enhancement across the Big Scrub

99,260

Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group Inc.

Restoring critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest

100,000

Byron Creek Catchment Landcare Group Inc.

Riparian restoration in upper catchment of Byron Creek

49,671

Captains Flat and District Landcare Group

Woody weed removal in upper Molonglo

99,912

Constables Point Bushcare Group

Restoration of Kurnell Dune Forest at Maianbar

16,498

Craigie Park Landcare

Rehabilitation of Craigie Park foreshore swamp oak forest

50,070

Dirawong Reserve Trust

Dirawong Evans Head - beat the bitou

9,016

Dundundra Falls Reserve Trust

Restoration and rehabilitation of riparian zones and Dundundra Falls EEC

92,940

EnviTE Inc.

Restoration of Bogal corridors and EECs by improving habitat links

100,000

EnviTE Inc.

Restoration of Newry golden wattle Habitat near Bellingen NSW 100,000

Friends of Lane Cove National Park

Restoration and rehabilitation of EECS on the Lane Cove River

99,000

Greening Australia - National Office

Revegetating migratory habitat for regent honeyeater/swift parrot

86,450

Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group

Glossy black cockatoo habitat project

43,090

Little River Landcare Group Inc.

Protecting the purple patch

99,977

Maclean Landcare Group Inc.

Maclean forest linkages: high conservation corridors restoration

99,970

Minyumai Land Holding Aboriginal Corporation

Restoration of floodplain wetland EEC at Minyumai IPA

86,129

Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve Trust Stage 2: restoration and rehabilitation Norah Head Headland

38,435

Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project Inc.

PWHP restoration and rehabilitation on Panboola Wetlands 93,070

Riverina Highlands Landcare Network

Paddock trees - restoring the keystone feature of south west slopes

51,750

Southern New England Landcare Ltd

Moths, magpies and marsupials: promoting on farm biodiversity

99,898

Upper Molong Creek Landcare Group

Riparian restoration of Upper Molong Creek

58,282

Wilsons Creek Huonbrook Landcare Inc Wilsons Creek-Huonbrook strategic coral tree management

99,800

26 Projects

TOTAL

$2,002,229

fAustralian Network for Plan Conservation Inc.
Capacity building in provenance issues for restoration
$27,911

The project will build the capacity of restoration practitioners to understand provenance issues when planning and implementing restoration. The source of material for restoration projects influences the resilience and long-term viability of restoration outcomes, particularly in response to a changing climate. Six free workshops will be delivered across NSW. Workshops will include an overview of provenance theory; why it is important to the resilience and long-term success of restoration projects; and how to apply this information to the collection and sourcing of material for restoration.

Australian River Restoration Centre
Rivers of carbon - Yass River linkages
$97,000

Rivers of carbon - Yass River linkages will extend work being undertaken through the Rivers of Carbon: Southern Tablelands Riparian Linkages Project - a riparian connectivity initiative which is currently oversubscribed for the Yass Catchment; an area identified as in serious need. By working with landholders within the context of sustainable land use, the project will increase riparian vegetation for connectivity and biodiversity, as well as sequestering carbon for possible offsets in the future. Community support for this project is strong, with on-ground results guaranteed.

Broulee-Mossy Point Dunecare
Controlling the environmental wed threats to Eurobodalla's EECs
$99,400

This project aims to protect and restore significant remnants of endangered ecological communities (EECs) existing on public lands by proactively controlling the invasion of serious environmental weeds that fringe these EECs. The project will engage adjoining landholders/managers to reduce the occurrence of environmental weeds on adjoining properties by swapping high risk garden plants for native tube stock. The wider community's awareness of the significance of EECs will be enhanced by training, workshops, signage, advertising materials such as direct mail letters, brochures and media releases.

Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc.
Broken Head coastal corridor restoration project
$98,700

The project aims to improve the condition, extent and connectivity of a critical corridor link in coastal Byron Shire, connecting the high biodiversity areas of Broken Head. The management of the private properties adjacent to Broken Head Nature Reserve will enhance the habitat of native flora and fauna including many threatened species. Landholders will improve their skills in managing native vegetation and controlling invasive plants on their properties. The regeneration resilience within the natural vegetation communities of the area provides a foundation for high value restoration.

Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group Inc.
Targeted remnant linkage enhancement across the Big Scrub
$99,260

An increase in the number of Big Scrub rainforest remnants under active restoration through a process of targeted expansion of existing remnants and/or creation of stepping stone 'patches' from current mixed rainforest/camphor laurel stands in between known remnants. GIS, vegetation mapping and a landholder survey will be used to assist prioritisation of potential sites. Conservation and connectivity value contribution to target and landholder commitment and activity will help determine restoration priorities and site selection.

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

This multi-stakeholder project is part of our long-term program to care for remnants of critically endangered lowland rainforest of subtropical Australia (CELRSA). It involves controlling weeds, the most immediate threat to the biodiversity and condition of CELRSA at 51 Big Scrub remnants that are priority repair sites in the Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan (BRRBMP). The project implements more than 40 management actions in the BRRBMP that will enhance CELRSA connectivity, habitat of more than 70 threatened species, resilience to climate change and other threats, and community engagement.

Byron Creek Catchment Landcare Group Inc.
Riparian restoration in upper catchment of Byron Creek
$49,671

Landholders will work together to link wildlife corridors along Byron Creek Catchment. The project will protect remnants of critically endangered lowland rainforest of subtropical Australia (EPBC Act) and Threatened flora species (TSC Act 1995). 5,000 trees will be planted, 2.4 hectares of environmental weeds will be managed and 1,250 metres of creek will be fenced. The Byron Creek Catchment Landcare Group has been working for 20 years on farms restoring native vegetation and will provide a significant amount of in-kind labour for this project. Field days and media releases will educate the wider community.

Captains Flat and District Landcare Group
Woody weed removal in upper Molonglo
$99,912

Woody weeds, mainly broom (Cytisus and Genista species) dominate vegetation in the Molonglo River and tributaries from Captains Flat to Foxlow (around 15 km downstream). They threaten endangered ecological community, snow gum grassy woodland, and endangered species, green and golden bell frog. This project aims to remove the woody weeds over 3 years leaving the river more accessible and manageable for landholders to maintain. This will allow native plant regeneration and less shading of the water which is beneficial for the green and golden bell frog.

Constables Point Bushcare Group
Restoration of Kurnell Dune Forest at Maianbar
$16,498

This project aims to support Constables Point Bushcare Group volunteers to continue our regular working bees restoring the endangered ecological community of Kurnell Dune Forest in 2.3 hectares of reserve. It will allow us to engage professionals to control a range of exotic vines and scramblers and escaped garden plants, including climbing and ground asparagus, green cestrum and lantana in the last 4,000 square metres of the reserve to be tackled. Other activities will include planting of provenance local species grown by Sutherland Shire Community Nursery volunteers, minor temporary deer exclusion fencing and training events.

Craigie Park Landcare
Rehabilitation of Craigie Park foreshore swamp oak forest
$56,070

The swamp oak forest endangered ecological community along the foreshore of Craigie Park will be rehabilitated through this project. This site is one of a few locations around the Tuggerah Lakes estuary that is not mown foreshore where this vegetation community can be reinstated. A partnership between the Craigie Park Landcare group, bush regeneration contractors and Wyong Council will control exotic vines, grasses and herbs on the foreshore and escarpment area. Works will improve the functioning of the lake foreshore, water quality and local biodiversity within this reserve.

Dirawong Reserve Trust
Dirawong, Evans Head - beat the bitou
$9,016

This project will control the remaining 2ha area of mature bitou bush in the southern extent of the Dirawong Reserve (over 30 hectares of work over the last 3 years). The project will conserve and protect the cultural and ecological significance of this coastal endangered ecological community remnant and protect restoration work already carried out within the reserve and in adjoining Bundjalung National Park. Continued adoption of a targeted low level herbicide approach in this sensitive area will maintain grass and herb groundcovers and consolidate the natural habitat, corridor and vegetation values of the Dirawong Reserve.

Dundundra Falls Reserve Trust
Restoration and rehabilitation of riparian zones and Dundundra Falls EEC
$92,940

This project application is an expansion of our successful Environmental Trust project which ends in December 2013. The project aims for longer term protection and stability of the diverse riparian vegetation communities found within the Kierans Creek system at Dundundra Falls Reserve. This will be achieved by: (1) establishing native buffers to replace weed sources currently affecting resilient vegetation on top of catchment; and (2) promoting regeneration of weed affected, but resilient vegetation communities including DFEEC, Sandstone Swamps and Sandstone Heath.

EnviTE Inc.
Restoration of Bogal corridors and EECs by improving habitat links
$100,000

Professional bush regenerators, including members of the Bogal Aboriginal community, will restore wetland and lowland vegetation providing highly significant old growth habitat for many threatened fauna species. Yarringully Nature Reserve and Bogal Local Aboriginal Land Council land in Bungawalbin Creek catchment are the meeting point of three climate change corridors and are significant to the Aboriginal community. Lantana has degraded endangered ecological communities and threatened species habitat. Biodiversity will be enhanced through systematic weed control and increasing restoration knowledge and capacity through training workshops.

EnviTE Inc.
Restoration of Newry golden wattle habitat near Bellingen NSW
$100,000

Newry golden wattle (Acacia chrysotricha) is a threatened species with a restricted distribution south of Bellingen in Northern NSW. It is threatened by weed encroachment from a suite of species, logging and inappropriate fire regime. Systematic bush regeneration works will control weed threats to habitat on private land. The area is key koala habitat and vegetation restoration works will benefit this species by improving access to habitat areas and feed trees. The project will increase habitat connections, vegetation extent and reduce weed impacts in the Bellingen and Kalang River Valleys.

Friends of Lane Cove National Park
Restoration and rehabilitation of EEC’S on the Lane Cove River
$99,000

The project will rehabilitate four adjacent areas, along the lower Lane Cove River Valley, within Lane Cove National Park. It will measurably enhance the riparian corridor within these sites which contain at least four endangered ecological communities that are under threat. It will increase the capabilities of the lead group, Friends of Lane Cove National Park by forging partnerships with other volunteer organisations, educational institutes, corporate community and Indigenous groups. It will promote the significance of the rehabilitation work and the local environment to the local and wider population.

Greening Australia - National Office
Revegetating migratory habitat for regent honeyeater/swift parrot
$86,450

Re-establish regent honeyeater and swift parrot ‘stepping stone’ migratory habitat across degraded land within the Wollondilly catchment targeting she-oak and grassy box woodlands. This will enhance biodiversity connectivity and support foraging flight paths from the coast to the mountains. Foraging species such as eucalypts and she-oaks will be revegetated with other local species in appropriate landscape zones. Active community participation in bird surveys and plantings will increase the profile of birds, habitat needs and clarify migratory flyways across the Southern Tablelands.

Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group
Glossy black cockatoo habitat project
$43,090

The Riverina glossy black-cockatoo endangered population is threatened by the loss and degradation of habitat. The historical clearing of the lower productive parts of the landscape has resulted in a shortage of nest hollows, the availability of which research shows to be limiting the population. This project aims to address this shortage by erecting nest boxes to significantly improve the population's reproductive output. The construction and erection of 60 nest boxes will provide opportunities for community education. Landholders and community members will receive training in habitat and birds.

Little River Landcare Group Inc.
Protecting the purple patch
$99,977

The Protecting the purple patch project will implement a suite of rehabilitation activities in order to repair and restore degraded stream reaches and link and protect areas of aquatic habitat that remain in good condition in the Little River Catchment to benefit the endangered purple spotted gudgeon - a small bodied native fish. A comprehensive survey will formally document the cumulative impacts on known threatened species habitat, prioritise a detailed schedule of works and undertake aquatic rehabilitation activities to halt loss of habitat and extend the range of the resident population.

Maclean Landcare Group Inc.
Maclean forest linkages: high conservation corridors restoration
$99,970

Maclean Landcare, Clarence Valley Council, private landowners, Yaegl Local Aboriginal Land Council and contractors will rehabilitate lowland rainforest and sclerophyll forest in the Lower Clarence Climate Coastal Connector Corridor at Maclean. Systematic bush regeneration works will control weed threats to habitat for threatened species. Ecological restoration will benefit fauna by improving access to habitat areas and feed trees. The project will improve habitat connections, vegetation extent and resilience and reduce weed impacts. Landowner and community restoration skills and awareness will increase.

Minyumai Land Holding Aboriginal Corporation
Restoration of floodplain wetland EEC at Minyumai IPA
$86,129

Restore state-listed endangered ecological community (forest red gum on floodplain woodland) in a four hectare ex-pasture patch currently dominated by weed (principally Setaria sphacelata). Using a new methodology we aim to achieve conversion of the weedy ground stratum to predominantly native grass, forb and sedge cover using patch burning and weed control treatments. This will improve conditions for recruitment by native trees, but we will also carry out planting of target tree species in large gaps. A pilot will be carried out prior to the project, in smaller areas, funded jointly by Minyumai IPA and NCC's Firesticks.

Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve Trust
Stage 2: restoration and rehabilitation Norah Head Headland
$38,435

Through continuation of bushland restoration and rehabilitation works, under a stage two concept, habitat for significant flora and vegetation communities together with fauna will be further improved and expanded. Erection of barrier fencing and directional signage will assist in decreasing negative impacts secondary to high public use, affording sensitive natural areas higher levels of protection over the long term. Works planned will address specific needs that through monitoring and observations within the mandate of the stage one project have been identified as priorities.

Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project Inc.
PWHP restoration and rehabilitation on Panboola Wetlands
$93,070

Maintain and improve the 82-hectare wetland system at Panboola, by initiating a revegetation program on two different locations within the system, providing connecting corridors for small mammals, frogs, reptiles etc. as well as buffers for the wetlands and endangered ecological communities contained within the system. Co-ordination and capacity building for the volunteers and employed contractors to ensure protection of habitat with weed and pest control programs. Promote the values of a healthy wetland system to community by assisting with four public functions, including a Bioblitz and a Panboola Artspace Festival.

Riverina Highlands Landcare Network
Paddock trees - restoring the keystone feature of south west slopes
$51,750

Paddock trees are keystone structures providing a number of local and landscape ecological functions. Research indicates that paddock trees are declining rapidly and most will be lost in less than 40 years resulting in an undesirable ecological regime shift. This unique project enables researchers, stakeholders and farmers to work together implementing integrated management actions to reverse paddock tree decline and improve ecological functioning across the south west slopes. An ongoing legacy of the project will be an attitudinal change as to how farmers value isolated trees in their landscape.

Southern New England Landcare Ltd
Moths, magpies and marsupials: promoting on farm biodiversity
$99,898

The project will rehabilitate and revegetate 16 sites on 11 properties in the southern New England Tablelands with the aim of connecting fragmented native vegetation and enhancing biodiversity. This project will protect 105 hectares of remnant vegetation and implement 17.2 hectares of habitat corridors through the planting of 13,860 seedlings. These revegetation and remnant protection works will increase available habitat for a range of species including insects, birds, reptiles and mammals. The sites have been selected as priority areas managed by landholders to enhance remnant areas of native vegetation.

Upper Molong Creek Landcare Group
Riparian restoration of Upper Molong Creek
$58,282

Restoration and rehabilitation of a highly degraded length of the Upper Molong Creek in the NSW Central Tablelands located between two previously rehabilitated riparian zones. 14 sites over 12 adjacent properties are targeted with the systematic removal of Salix fragilis from 4.4 kilometres of creek followed by replanting of 4,000 endemic plants and monitoring and eradication of willow regrowth. This project represents Stage 1 which will restore 1.1 kilometre of the riparian zone, improve water quality, quantity and aquatic habitat, provide greater erosion control and re-establish the wildlife corridor.

Wilsons Creek Huonbrook Landcare Inc.
Wilsons Creek-Huonbrook strategic coral tree management
$99,800

We aim to permanently remove coral tree Erythrina x sykesii from upper reaches of creeks in a strategically managed operation that will be extraordinarily cost effective (as reinfestation will not occur unless deliberately introduced, no seeds are set). A serious and escalating threat to biodiversity and water catchment values will be removed. Community engagement will include monitoring through innovative and accessible Google Earth mapping.

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