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

2013 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants

OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Australian National University Restoration for functional connectivity in box-gum woodlands

71,500

Bathurst Regional Council Restoring regent honeyeater habitat in the Bathurst region

65,510

Bega Valley Shire Council Bringing NRM to town - Bega urban floodplain wetlands restoration

99,400

Blayney Shire Council Revive - Rehabilitation of the Belubula River at Pound Flat

54,377

Blue Mountains City Council Applying WSUD at a property scale to protect shale-based EECs

99,000

Byron Shire Council Byron Bay dwarf graminoid clay heath restoration project

64,166

Byron Shire Council Land for wildlife-restoring rainforest in a biodiversity hotspot

99,900

Clarence Valley Council Clarence River channels habitat protection and rehabilitation - stage 1

94,760

Goldenfields Water County Council GWCC 500

97,692

Gosford City Council Restoration of sand dunes at Wamberal, Putty and Umina Beach - Gosford

94,610

Great Lakes Council Gereeba Island wetland conservation and restoration project

96,318

Hunter Councils Inc. Buffering the Worimi conservation lands from external impacts

99,641

Hunter Councils Inc. On-ground works to regenerate important roadside EECs in the Hunter 99,436
Inverell Shire Council Restoring balance - serrated tussock control in the Upper Macintyre

32,107

Ku-ring-gai Council Stage 1: Ku-ring-gai flying fox reserve canopy restoration project

70,095

Lake Macquarie City Council Restoring the headwaters of Jewells wetland

83,844

Maitland City Council Strategic African olive control throughout Maitland NSW

42,510

Office of Environment and Heritage - NPWS Brinerville restoration project

100,000

Office of Environment and Heritage - PWG Detection and control of alpine weeds with community engagement

98,000

Penrith City Council Kingswood Park rehabilitation project, North Penrith

80,000

Pittwater Council Restoring Pittwater's coastal headland ecosystems 100,000
Port Stephens Council Improving spotted gum/ironbark forest on public lands at Glen Oak

31,042

Richmond River County Council Protecting the Richmond

94,765

Southern Councils Group NSW boneseed eradication and biodiversity protection

67,881

Water Research Laboratory, UNSW Stage 3: On-ground remediation works at Tomago Wetlands, Hunter River

99,744

25 Projects Totalling

$2,036,298

Australian National University
Restoration for functional connectivity in box-gum woodlands
$71,500

Wildlife movement through farmland can be extremely limited and improving connectivity is a priority. We will discover ways to improve connectivity for small flightless animals, using methods that are compatible with ongoing livestock production. By defining new methods for achieving connectivity through paddocks, our findings will improve capacity by informing stewardship and restoration projects. Broad application of new knowledge from our project will improve connectivity through threatened box-gum woodland communities in New South Wales, helping reduce future risks due to climate change.

Bathurst Regional Council
Restoring regent honeyeater habitat in the Bathurst region
$65,510

This project will restore Casuarina Gallery Forest along 1,000 metres of the Macquarie River in Bathurst utilising plant species known to be associated with the critically endangered regent honeyeater. Additionally, the adjoining O’Keefe Park will be used to establish a seed production area (SPA) of native, local provenance plants for future rehabilitation works. The seed production area will grow a range of plants for both Casuarina Gallery Forest and Box, Gum Grassy Woodland restoration works, with seed to be made available to local environmental groups and future council revegetation projects.

Bega Valley Shire Council
Bringing NRM to town - Bega urban floodplain wetlands restoration
$99,400

Kiss's Lagoon is the gateway to Bega and part of the wider network of floodplain wetlands which surround the town. The project aims to ‘Bring NRM to town’ and develop a high profile and functional urban natural resource management (NRM) project that delivers environmental, recreational, economic and educational outcomes. The on-ground works will be complemented by an innovative audit and education campaign targeting adjacent industrial areas. The project builds on a landscape scale environmental rehabilitation projects currently being undertaken by the South East Local Land Services Landcare and local community groups.

Blayney Shire Council
Revive - Rehabilitation of the Belubula River at Pound Flat
$54,377

Blayney Shire Council and the Carcoar Urban Landcare Group are working in partnership to improve both the riparian and in-stream habitats of the Belubula River at Pound Flat which is infested with weeds and choked with exotic debris. The two groups will work together to remove the in-stream debris and reintroduce native timber snags, remove woody weeds from the banks and replant appropriate native and endemic riparian species. Nest boxes will be placed in established trees. The groups will also create a mown walking track to encourage appropriate recreation to a very popular part of the river.

Blue Mountains City Council
Applying water sensitive urban design at a property scale to protect shale-based EECs
$99,000

In older areas of the Blue Mountains, easements through private residential properties are utilised for draining stormwater from suburban streets. With development typically on ridge tops, this results in discharge to bushland areas. In the lower Blue Mountains, untreated urban runoff impacts on endangered ecological communities by carrying nutrients and weed propagules, resulting in weed plumes along drainage lines. The project will apply the principles of water sensitive urban design at a residential scale to control impacts at source and build resilience in endangered bushland in proximity to urban areas.

Byron Shire Council
Byron Bay dwarf graminoid clay heath restoration project
$64,166

The project will restore seven hectares of the endangered Byron Bay Dwarf graminoid clay heath community on council managed lands. The original heathland and healthy woodland vegetation will be restored through progressive removal of encroaching species and the reinstatement of the original fire regime. These remnants are home to numerous threatened flora and fauna, including two endangered plants known only from the Byron Bay clay heathland. The remnants have been degraded by clearing, weed invasion, and altered fire regimes and the remaining heathland is being rapidly displaced by encroaching fernland and forest.

Byron Shire Council
Land for wildlife-restoring rainforest in a biodiversity hotspot
$99,900

Properties in Byron Councils ‘Land for Wildlife’ program in priority areas will gain assistance to protect and restore high conservation vegetation including the endangered ecological community lowland subtropical rainforest. The sites form part an regional wildlife corridor and provide habitat for 13 threatened fauna species and 27 threatened flora species which have been recorded on the sites. The project will combine on-ground vegetation restoration and protection works, feral animal management and training to build the capacity of landowners and managers in the area.

Clarence Valley Council
Clarence River channels habitat protection and rehabilitation – stage 1
$94,760

The project aims to protect and improve the ecological values of Palmers Island. Palmers Island is a large lower Clarence River island providing both terrestrial and aquatic connectivity between the Clarence estuary and the nationally significant Wooloweyah Lagoon. Bank stabilisation works to 500 metres of channel is planned to stop erosion and stimulate natural regeneration of saltmarsh and mangrove communities. These outcomes will be further enhanced by extensive weed control work and stock exclusion fencing.

Goldenfields Water County Council
GWCC 500
$97,692

GWCC 500 is a regional plan enhancing 500 kilometres of native vegetation by joining larger areas of habitat adjacent to pipeline routes or offset with other suitable areas. Birds, mammals, reptiles and plant seeds will move freely within the rehabilitated areas. Data monitored bird and bat nesting boxes will be installed to assist the conservation of native populations. GWCC 500 will focus on community involvement, 69 schools in the region will be invited to participate with students receiving 'hands on' experience in environmental science. Data can be used state-wide and nationally.

Gosford City Council
Restoration of sand dunes at Wamberal, Putty and Umina Beach – Gosford
$94,610

The project aims to restore important beach dune vegetation along Wamberal, Umina and Putty beaches through a combination of weed management and revegetation. These three sites are important remnants of beach dune vegetation in Gosford local government area and provide both habitat for native flora and fauna; aesthetic beauty to the local area and in addition to this, dune vegetation plays an important role in the morphodynamic processes of the beaches.

Great Lakes Council
Gereeba Island wetland conservation and restoration project
$96,318

Floodplain wetlands of the Wallis Lake system provide significant biodiversity and environmental service provisions. Gereeba Island vegetation consists of two ecological endangered communities (EEC): swamp oak floodplain forest and coastal saltmarsh. It also contains 45 hectares of SEPP 14 wetlands and is underlain by potential acid sulphate soils. This important area is threatened by weed invasion, land clearing and feral pest impacts. The project seeks to undertake critical on-ground works to conserve, protect and restore natural values and reinstate environmental functions. The works involve control of damaging weeds, feral animals and the targeted restoration/re-establishment of functional native vegetation through the planting of 7,000 native plants on previously cleared land and degraded riparian zones.

Hunter Councils Inc.
Buffering the Worimi conservation lands from external impacts
$99,641

This project will assist in protection of the adjoining reserve (Worimi Conservation Lands - Port Stephens local government area) from external detrimental impacts; through implementing weed removal, rubbish removal and illegal track closures. Works on indigenous lands adjoining the project will also increase resilience and encourage connectivity across the various land tenures. It will achieve direct indigenous engagement, through delivering employment and education opportunities and increase the Local Aboriginal Land Council’s capacity to conserve their lands.

Hunter Councils Inc.
On-ground works to regenerate important roadside EECs in the Hunter
$99,436

Regeneration and restoration of 35 hectares of roadside ecological endangered communities (EEC) to improve the condition and maintain important wildlife corridors and connectivity across various land tenures and local government areas. This will be achieved through the application of sensitive and integrated weed management techniques targeting lantana, bridal creeper and asparagus fern. Mapping of all EECs will identify its extent. Innovative community engagement activities will encourage landholders to strategically control noxious weeds on their land. Targeted fauna surveys will determine the importance of roadsides as wildlife corridors.

Inverell Shire Council
Restoring balance - serrated tussock control in the Upper Macintyre
$32,107

Serrated tussock (Nassella trichotoma) has been declared a priority invasive species in the Northern Tablelands region. This Weed of National Significance is spreading rapidly in the region - now spreading to the Inverell local government area, where spot infestations have been identified by council on private land in the Upper Macintyre catchment. Barriers to containing this infestation include poor awareness, lack of identification skills and control methods among landholders. This project will treat 600 hectares of private property through spot spraying and will engage 45 landholders in extension activities.

Ku-ring-gai Council
Stage 1: Ku-ring-gai flying fox reserve canopy restoration project
$70,095

The Ku-ring-gai flying-fox reserve (KFFR) sustains an important maternal colony of the threatened grey-headed flying-fox. This project expects to achieve a structurally diverse core area along the lower slopes of Stoney Creek for the flying fox colony within KFFR, thereby encouraging the colony away from residential areas. Critical to securing the long-term occupation by the colony will be the ability to ensure canopy recruitment to provide sustainable roosting habitat and a desirable understorey microclimate to reduce deaths from extreme heat.

Lake Macquarie City Council
Restoring the headwaters of Jewells wetland
$83,844


This project aims to restore the resilience of the Jewells SEPP 14 wetland, threatened species habitat, endangered ecological communities and matters of national significance. The headwaters of the wetland have recently become infested with Weeds of National Significance (WoNS). This project aims to reduce the biomass of these WoNS in a concentrated effort that will allow the annual upkeep of the good condition of the wetland in subsequent years. Success of this project would be a substantial reduction in the biomass of WoNS and the threat of them spreading downstream.

Maitland City Council
Strategic African olive control throughout Maitland NSW
$42,510

This project will reduce the overall number of African olive plants throughout the Maitland local government area. This strategic offensive will target African olive on three fronts: rural areas; peri-urban areas; and urban areas. Many African olive in these zones are still small or borderline mature, so their removal now will prevent a tremendous amount of seed production and plant invasion in the decades ahead. Significant stretches of roadside native vegetation and three urban bush reserves (all endangered ecological communities) will be saved from ultimate displacement by African olive. The appearance of African olive within local suburban gardens will also be curtailed.

Office of Environment and Heritage – NPWS
Brinerville restoration project
$100,000

Restore 274 hectares of the endangered ecological community lowland rainforest and lowland rainforest on floodplain adjoining the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area. Provide mentoring and empowerment opportunities for young local Aboriginal bush regenerators through work alongside experienced bush regeneration contractors and camp outs with Aboriginal Elders. Control high priority weeds including weeds of national significance, cats claw creeper, blackberry (24 hectares) and lantana (27 hectares), as well as privets (26 hectares) and moth vine. Plant and maintain 4,000 local native pioneer species in larger clearings where natural recruitment has been poor.

Office of Environment and Heritage – PWG
Detection and control of alpine weeds with community engagement
$98,000

This program aims at detection and treatment of new incursions of high priority weed species before they have the potential to become invasive. By detecting and controlling species at their early colonisation stage we may reduce the ecological impact and long term control costs whilst raising community knowledge and involvement. There is currently no community based landcare program in the sub alpine and alpine areas of Kosciuszko National Park. This program will protect the internationally important Alpine vegetation communities which occupy only 0.001 per cent of the Australian continent.

Penrith City Council
Kingswood Park rehabilitation project, North Penrith
$80,000

A hidden jewel of Cumberland Plain woodland in Penrith requiring repair of eroded gullies and multiple braided tracks caused by illegal vehicular traffic using earth-moving machinery to contour slopes, control head cuts, terrace and construct check dams as appropriate. Further activities will include control of noxious and environmental weeds (prickly pear, aloe vera, African olive and mother of millions), revegetation using endemic species and engagement of residents with educational workshops/materials and social media. The result will be a stable and self-sustaining area of bushland.

Pittwater Council
Restoring Pittwater's coastal headland ecosystems
$100,000

To increase and sustain habitat restoration of five connected coastal headland reserves in the southern section of Pittwater local government area, which include endangered ecological communities (EEC). Success will be measured by the area (percentage) of weeds controlled and the area (percentage) of natural vegetation restored including themeda grassland and littoral rainforest. This will effectively conserve these fragmented EECs and rejuvenate habitat and connectivity for fauna in an otherwise urban area. The project will include pest control, fauna monitoring as well as an education component and volunteer contribution.

Port Stephens Council
Improving spotted gum/ironbark forest on public lands at Glen Oak
$31,042

Succulent weeds have invaded Glen Oak Reserve and are impacting heavily on the native vegetation, including the endangered lower Hunter spotted gum/ ironbark forest community. The removal of weeds will allow Glen Oak Reserve to regain its natural diversity and ecological balance through the increase in space, sunlight and available nutrients for native vegetation. Through community presentations and workshops local residents will become aware of the environmental significance of Glen Oak Reserve, increasing volunteer conservation numbers and eliminating illegal dumping and firewood collection.

Richmond River County Council
Protecting the Richmond
$94,765

Richmond River County Council is implementing the Coastal Zone Management Plan by rehabilitating 3.5km of riparian vegetation, totalling an area of 3.5ha, covering five properties within the Richmond River estuary. The project will control, contain and eradicate weed plants, reintroduce local native plant species and restore formerly degraded areas. The project facilitates protection, restoration and enhanced flora and subsequently fauna habitat, along with reduced erosion, improved riverine water quality and farm productivity through shelterbelt effects.

Southern Councils Group
NSW boneseed eradication and biodiversity protection
$67,881

Boneseed has been listed as a Weed of National Significance in recognition of its severe impact on the natural environment. Boneseed has the potential to significantly expand its range in NSW and to become more abundant in its current locations. If left to spread in NSW, boneseed will cause damage to biodiversity, including many threatened plant species and communities, such as Eastern Suburbs banksia scrub and littoral vine thicket rainforest. This project will work across southern and western NSW to remove all known infestations and protect and restore affected native bushland sites.

Water Research Laboratory, UNSW
Stage 3: On-ground remediation works at Tomago Wetlands, Hunter River
$99,744

Tidal flushing will be restored to approximately 62.5ha of Tomago Wetlands, including a 3.2km long tidal channel, in the Hunter Estuary by carrying out earthworks to restore tidal channels and manage tidal inundation extents through the manipulation of tide-controlling 'SmartGates' and 'SwingGates'. The rehabilitated wetland will provide valuable habitat for a range of fish species (including small fish which provide a food source for larger fish) and improve recreational fishing in the Hunter Estuary.

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