Project summaries - Restoration and Rehabilitation community grants

July 2015 update

Two additional grants were approved in 2014 for Centennial Parklands Foundation projects working on State Heritage listed properties. For more information, see project summary detail below.

2014 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $

Ashford Local Aboriginal Land Council

Save the Severn

99,620

Australian River Restoration Centre

Rivers of carbon - Yass River linkages

99,520

Ballina Coast Care Incorporated

Chickiba Wetland - WoNs control in coast cypress EEC remnant

19,822

Bungonia Park Trust Woodwards Creek rehabilitation for water quality and habitat repair 100,000
Centennial Parklands Foundation Centennial Park Ponds - improving the wetland environment 48,853
Centennial Parklands Foundation For our flying friends: protecting grey-headed flying fox habitat 37,111

Central Tablelands Landcare Inc.

Stepping stones through our endangered grassy woodlands

99,535

Chalkies Landcare

Restoring Chalky Beach ecosystems and improving volunteer capacity

68,090

Citizens Wildlife Corridors Armidale Inc.

Quality koala corridors and questions

96,004

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Conserving koala corridors – Sydney to the Southern Highlands

83,575

Conservation Volunteers Australia

Restoration of migratory shorebird habitat - Hunter Wetlands

97,800

EnviTE Inc.

Bega Valley coastal habitats restoration and educational walking track

100,000

EnviTE Inc. Community based Emu conservation in the Bungawalbin catchment 100,000

EnviTE Inc.

Partnership coastal habitat restoration at Bundjalung National Park and Iluka Nature Reserve

100,000

Grassy Head Dune Care

Rehabilitating significant coastal vegetation at Grassy Head

93,280

Greening Australia - National Office

Revegetating threatened Riverina Sandhill woodland communities

100,000

Hastings Landcare Inc.

Post fire recovery and gaps littoral rainforests - Dunbogan to Crowdy

97,660

Hat Head Dune Care

Managing vegetation interface of Crown and private land (Hat Head) 98,024
Molongolo Catchment Group Inc. Stringybark to Environa Landcape link for small bush birds 38,553

Nature Conservation Trust of NSW

Restoring threatened species habitats and corridors in the Tweed

100,000

Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium

Protecting the high ecological and cultural values of Busby's Flat

99,475

Pikapene and Cherry Tree Environment Centre Lower Dulgiggin Creek restoration 5,500

Riverhaven Reserve and Farrer Place Bushcare

Enhancing the coastal saltmarsh and swamp oak floodplain forest of Coronation Bay

10,000

South West Rocks (SWR) Community Dune Care Group

Restoration of two fragmented littoral rainforest communities at South West Rocks

99,450

Tweed Landcare

Filling the biodiversity gaps connecting Tweed Coast to Border Ranges

99,750

Tweed Landcare

Mid-Oxley River riparian restoration and connectivity - Stage 1

99,650

Upper Molong Creek Landcare Group

Riparian restoration of Upper Molong Creek - Stage 2

55,250

WetlandCare Australia

Restoring connected protected koala habitat and wetland - Cudgen Lake 99,875

WetlandCare Australia

Protecting and enhancing critical wetland EECs, Nambucca Estuary

99,047

29 Projects Totalling

$2,345,804

Ashford Local Aboriginal Land Council
Save the Severn
$99,260

This project will improve land management on the Severn River in riparian zones to prevent degradation and improve productivity through education, awareness, rehabilitation and restoration works. The project will:

  • Protect the habitat of identified native animals and ecosystems such as platypus, koala and Murray cod within the Severn River through restoration and rehabilitation works to increase habitation by 20 per cent.
  • Remove and prevent weeds which will allow fish to swim freely, spawn successfully and allow easy access to native animals.
  • Reduce feral animals including pigs and foxes by 20 per cent in a five kilometre buffer zone of the Severn River through an eradication program to prevent native animals being used as prey and damage to the riparian zone.
  • Dog, pig and fox baiting forms part of a holistic eradication program that will include 40 pig traps and 20 plus baiting stations being produced and distributed to land managers who will provide evidence of strategic use of traps through regular reporting. Other eradication methods will be developed in consultation with land holders and feral animal specialists.

We anticipate through education and awareness we will be able to notice the significant decline in feral animal numbers.

Australian River Restoration Centre
Rivers of carbon - upper Murrumbidgee River
$99,520

This project will revegetate a six kilometre long riparian corridor through the Bumbalong Valley which, although has been modified and impacted due to past land use, shows a high recovery potential.  This will link the high quality reaches of the upper Murrumbidgee River known as Bredbo and Colinton Gorges (a known habitat of Murray cod, Macquarie perch and trout cod) to effectively establishing a 40 kilometres long, connected corridor of high quality riparian vegetation.  This will in turn protect and enhance aquatic habitat and facilitate both aquatic and terrestrial species movement.  Additionally, this project will protect, enhance and connect a small ribbon gum floodplain woodland remnant, which is made up of trees which are estimated to be about 400 years old.  Using the successful Rivers of Carbon approach, this project will facilitate maximum community and stakeholder engagement to complete river restoration activities, as well as build community capacity to ensure maintenance of outcomes in the long term.  The River of Carbon approach also provides for scientific monitoring and assessment which will measure the effectiveness of works and measure change over time.

Ballina Coast Care Incorporated
Chickiba Wetland - WoNS control in coast Cypress EEC remnant
$19,822

Through employment of a skilled and experienced contractor supported by volunteer work, this project will see nearly the complete removal (99 per cent) of dense mixed stands of three weeds of national significance: ground asparagus (A. aethiopicus), madeira vine (Anredera cordifolia) and climbing cactus (Opuntia sp.) as well as other environmental weeds. The weeds currently infest a small, rich, old-growth stand of an endangered ecological community (coastal cypress pine, Callitris columellaris, on the far north coast).  Their removal will complete the last stage of connectivity of a continuous coast cypress, wetland and littoral rainforest fauna-flora corridor through the eastern section of the Allawah Bushland Reserve and the surrounding Chickiba Wetlands. This is a site of great Heritage Significance for the Bundjalung people of Ballina. The primary weed control will be undertaken in Year 1 with follow-up of regrowth during the project's second year. Volunteer coast carers (the East Ballina Landcare team) will assist the project as required, and then continue managing the area after contract weed control is completed.

Bungonia Park Trust
Woodwards Creek rehabilitation for water quality and habitat repair
$100,000

This project will implement a rehabilitation plan, prepared by Soil Conservation Services with the aim of halting stream bed and bank erosion for the purpose of recreating stable in-stream habitat suitable to support a range of aquatic organisms.  This will be achieved through the creation of more varied and complex habitat and re-introduction of wood, for carbon, within the stream.  These works will also halt further degradation, promote channel recovery and enhance the habitat values of adjacent native vegetation, currently identified as a priority for protection (potentially endangered ecological communities tablelands grassy box gum woodland)  and vulnerable due to the erosion.

The works are designed to encourage in channel storage of sediment which will then be colonised by native vegetation.  As channel water velocity is slowed and water quality improves, the increased, more stable, bio-physical habitat provided will be colonised from adjacent bio-diverse zones. Species will find a restored link in the riparian chain to the other Creek elements and Bungonia National Park. More clean water will be stored within the system supporting biota in and around the watercourse and providing improved water quality for the receiving Sydney Catchment.  The project will create a rehabilitation area accessible to the public for recreational activities such as bushwalking, birdwatching and enjoying the natural environment.

Centenial Parklands Foundation
Centennial Park Ponds - improving the wetland environment

$48,853

The Centennial Parklands Pond restoration program aims to minimise the impact of stormwater pollution, improve wetland habitat and improve water quality.  Two ponds (One More Shot Pond and Musgrave Pond) that are in need of environmental improvement, have been selected to reduce the amount of organic matter pollutants in the system, and provide improved habitat (macrophytes) to filter dissolved pollutants such as phosphorus in the water.  Native fish release will be undertaken with the aim of increased biodiversity and to attract more birdlife to the Parklands.

Centennial Parklands Foundation
For our flying friends: protecting grey-headed flying fox habitat
$37,111

Through Wetland rehabilitation and the development of a management plan for heat events, Lachlan Wetland will become a sustainable habitat for the grey-headed flying fox; thus protecting a threatened species.  Rehabilitation of Lachlan Wetland as habitat for flying foxes will increase the wetland's longevity and viability, increasing the survival rate and fecundity of this species even during extreme heat events resulting in a boost in population numbers.  Rehabilitation work will include addressing known factors of ecosystem degradation such as erosion and disturbance, as well as fencing, weeding and new plantings; all of these actions will increase the viability of Lachlan Wetland as grey headed flying fox habitat.

Central Tablelands Landcare Inc.
Stepping stones through our endangered grassy woodlands
$99,535

This project will create a series of stepping stone corridor plantings that builds links between on farm remnant endangered ecological communities (EEC) with vegetation on nearby reserves. In total an area of  20 hectares of EEC will be revegetated, with each project site incorporating remnant trees as habitat and being planted with a range of local native species from the upper storey, mid storey and ground layer.  Locations will be selected across these stepping stone patches for the installation of 10 nesting boxes that will be designed to provide additional habitat for some of the local threatened animal species (e.g. superb parrot, squirrel glider or bent wing bat).  Another critical part of this project will be to raise the public profile and awareness of these EECs and threatened species within the district.  This will be achieved through the running of a series of field days on topics ranging from local plant identification and seed collection and revegetation techniques, to wildlife in our EECs and best practice corridor planting designs. This educational component will reinforce the importance of habitat, not only for the integrity of the remnant patches of EECs, but also for the threatened native fauna species.

Chalkies Landcare
Restoring Chalky Beach ecosystems and improving volunteer capacity
$68,090

Chalkies Landcare and Chalkies South Landcare groups will target weeds of national significance including bitou, lantana and asparagus fern to allow regeneration of the Chalky Beach dunal and headland communities. Removing these transformer weeds will reduce competition and the weed seed bank, thus improving regeneration and resilience of native communities including remnants of themeda grassland and littoral rainforest endangered ecological communities. The project will build the capacity of the Landcare group through training and strategic assistance (in densely weeded and areas that require splatter-gun use) by a professional bush regeneration crew. The project will extend the corridor of regenerated native plant communities achieved in neighbouring Illawong Park.

Citizens Wildlife Corridors Armidale Inc.
Quality koala corridors and questions
$96,004

This project will rehabilitate and revegetate 18 sites on 11 properties in or adjacent to the Dangars Falls/Mt Duval/University of New England koala corridor east and north of Armidale on the Northern Tablelands. Works related project outputs will be the establishment of 11,290 seedlings that include species for koala feed trees. A fence 5.51 kilometres long will be constructed to manage a total 28 hectares of re-vegetated corridor links. Plantings will be formed in wide (25-50 metres) corridors and stepping stones (compact rectangular patches).  Koala and bird surveys will be conducted and infrared cameras will be utilised to undertake presence/absence surveys for quolls and other wildlife on participating properties.  Non-works related outputs will be a reader-friendly publication on survey findings, workshop contributions at the Frog Dreaming Schools Conference and a workshop on managing rural lands to support koalas and other native animals.

Conservation Volunteers Australia
Conserving koala corridors – Sydney to the Southern Highlands
$83,575

This project aims to engage the community in a program of bush re-generation and citizen science surveys to: (a) raise awareness within the communities of Campbelltown, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee local government areas (LGAs) of the vulnerable status of the koala; and (b) improve the condition of known koala habitat through volunteer bush regeneration across 11 hectares of council owned land within the three local government areas including;

  1. Removing invasive weed species from known koala habitat and plant 3,000 natives.
  2. Community koala survey days linked to The Great Koala Count, add to the body of knowledge regarding koala distribution.
  3. Collate information to inform the development of regional and local government area koala management plans.
  4. Linking community volunteers with ongoing council bushcare and citizen science programs to improve the longevity of the project outcomes.

Conservation Volunteers Australia
Restoration of migratory shorebird habitat - Hunter Wetlands NP
$97,800

The project will secure and expanded healthy saltmarsh habitat.  The project will reverse the decline in habitats for EPBC listed migratory birds (17 species listed on the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995), Ramsar wetlands and State and Commonwealth listed endangered ecological communities. Primary aim of the works will be to:

  1. Target weeds impacting saltmarsh primarily Juncus acutus but also Baccharis halimifolia and Cortaderia selloana. Treat 3,800 hectares of the Hunter Wetlands National Park, treating 95 percent of targeted weeds over two years.
  2. Remove mangroves (Avicennia marina and Aegiceras corniculatum) encroaching on saltmarsh and key migratory bird habitat. The ongoing program will support Hunter Bird Observers Club and NPWS current mangrove program for annual seedling removal program.
  3. Maintain engagement of Indigenous land management team.
  4. Engage the community through developed programs, e.g. CVA Better Earth.

EnviTE Inc.
Bega Valley coastal habitats restoration and educational walking track
$100,000

The project aims to undertake 30 hectares of environmental weed control including 40 hectares of lantana control, 20 hectares of blackberry control and two hectares of bridal creeper/exotic grass control. Professional bush regenerators will assess the project area and develop an ecological restoration plan for the Coastal Walking track area.  Supplemental planting of 2,000 plants is proposed in areas where regeneration is unlikely to occur. Four workshops will be delivered on plant identification (native and weed), weed control using best practice techniques and introduction to bush regeneration techniques Levels 1 and 2. During development of the restoration plan, identification of the key threat areas and consultation with stakeholders will determine suitable locations for interpretative signage.  Preparation of the signage will be done in collaboration with stakeholders including members of the local Aboriginal community, identifying key values, describing threats to biodiversity and educating the community about how to reduce threats and enhance biodiversity values by behavioural change. This work will complement the recent coastal weeds program that reduced weed infestations of beach weeds within the shire and concentrate on adjacent estuary foreshores, estuary wetlands and hind dune forest.

EnviTE Inc.
Community based emu conservation in the Bungawalbin catchment

$100,000

Ecological restoration works across private and public land in the Bungawalbin will improve the condition and connectivity of emu habitat. Old fences no longer required are restricting emu movement and will be taken down. Implementation of strategies and priority actions for the recovery of emus will reduce identified threats and contribute to recovery of the emu on the NSW North Coast.  Three of the private properties providing emu habitat are protected by Nature Conservation Trust of NSW conservation agreements. These properties have high conservation value vegetation communities providing habitat for other threatened species which will also be enhanced through the project. Bogal Local Aboriginal Land Council will be engaged in the project through monitoring programs and training related to the project.

Specialist contractors will be engaged to control dogs/foxes/pigs to reduce predation on eggs and chicks. Landowners will also be supported to undertake Local Land Services accredited VPIT training and to survey for emus, feral pigs and wild dogs through remote camera trapping. The project will interface with a number of multi stakeholder groups such as the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium and Bungawalbin Feral Pig Management Committee to enhance emu conservation.

EnviTE Inc.
Partnership coastal habitat restoration at Bundjalung National Park and Iluka Nature Reserve
$100,000

Coastal ecosystems covering over 105 hectares in Bundjalung National Parks and Iluka Nature Reserve (including World Heritage listed littoral rainforest) will be restored through a partnership between NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS), Bundjalung native title holders, Iluka Landcare and Dunecare Group and EnviTE Environment. NSW NPWS has already achieved control of major bitou bush infestations (to less than one percent) and Iluka Landcare and Dunecare Group is actively managing designated areas. EnviTE Environment has been restoring sites near Iluka with support from the Biodiversity Fund. This project will connect and extend restoration work implemented to date. This includes control of weeds such as coastal morning glory which have invaded following aerial spraying of bitou bush, implementation of recovery actions for threatened species, provision of restoration mentoring and training to Bundjalung bush regenerators in northern areas and working alongside Iluka Landcare and Dunecare Group in southern areas. The project will achieve improvements to condition and connectivity of native vegetation communities. It will develop Bundjalung people and Landcare volunteer capacity to restore and maintain ecosystem health and increase community awareness of coastal restoration.

Grassy Head Dune Care
Rehabilitating significant coastal vegetation at Grassy Head
$93,280

The project aims to rehabilitate three endangered ecological communities (EEC) and State Environmental Planning Policy 14 (SEPP 14) coastal wetland vegetation in previously untreated areas through strategic weed control so local volunteer groups are able to maintain the sites. Bitou bush, lantana (weeds of national significance) and vine weeds (a key threatening process) will be removed from littoral rainforest, swamp oak forest and wetlands as well as torpedo grass, coral trees and asparagus vine.  Invasive weeds will be removed from themeda grasslands EEC.  Gaps in vegetation will be filled with local provenance seedlings raised by volunteers at the Grassy Head Nursery. The local community and visitors will be informed of the special management requirements of the local vegetation through interpretive signage at beach access points and a themeda grassland identification book will be launched at a field day. The project will be showcased at four Landcare events. Vehicular access to the back beaches will be formalised in order to protect regenerating dune vegetation. The project will revise the existing management plan and extend its scope to include SEPP 14 and EEC vegetation.  The project will result in a local community and group of stakeholders who are actively involved in, and have the capacity to continue the project long after the project funding ends.

Greening Australia - National Office
Revegetating threatened Riverina Sandhill woodland communities
$100,000

We have identified four themes that will bring positive change through our capacity and capability to deliver on-ground work and secure community engagement:

  1. Address critical seed supply shortages needed for revegetation. With diminished native seed reserves in situ there is no other option other than to reintroduce endemic species and rebuild seed reserves.
  2. Test a range of revegetation techniques on a combined 120 hectares of Sandhill Pine Woodland that will: (a) restore elementary components of Sandhill Pine Woodland structure, diversity and function; and (b) offer landholders effective management options by which they too can revegetate and stabilise their Sandhill’s.
  3. Leverage capacity and expertise across research, land users and revegetation practitioners; building partnerships to challenge traditional technical, practical, cultural and economic thinking around revegetation for Sandhill application.
  4. Deliver three field days and produce a revegetation guide factsheet to increase knowledge and skill in direct seeding, pest animal control and weed management practices.

Hastings Landcare Inc.
Post fire recovery and gaps littoral rainforests - Dunbogan to Crowdy
$97,660

Hastings Landcare's project aims to achieve:

  1. Control of bitou bush along 13 kilometres of coastline - Site 1: Kylies Beach.
  2. Removal of post fire flush of bitou bush seedlings - Site 1.
  3. Mapping and control of any other priority weed species identified within the fire area (currently no other significant weed infestation in the fire area of Site 1).
  4. Regeneration of eight hectares of littoral rainforest - Site 2: Dunbogan Rainforest.
  5. Coastal corridor and community conservation initiative between Dunbogan and Crowdy Head adequately resourced  for strategic post fire control of weed species.
  6. A resilient coastal corridor - weed infestation managed to a point that there is no significant threat to natural ecosystem function or regeneration.

Hat Head Dune Care
Managing vegetation interface of Crown and private land (Hat Head)
$98,024

This collaborative partnership focuses on restoring degraded endangered ecological communities (EECs) by managing the interface between private property and recreation land and healthy bushland. Results from ten monitoring sites in previously treated EECs to south of village show a 90 per cent reduction in bitou bush and lantana and prolific recruitment of natives. This is a direct result of grant funding to employ bush regenerators and support volunteers. Following these successes the monitoring program has been expanded to include seven new sites in littoral rainforest remnants in the dunes; freshwater wetlands and saltmarsh to the north of the village. Here we hope to achieve a 90 per cent reduction in bitou bush and lantana (and stop the spread of gloriosa, ipomea and asparagus into previously treated areas) on 125 hectares of publicly managed land on the interface between private property, the recreational zone and the bush. We will engage with residents and holiday-makers to actively manage that interface. We hope to grow an attitude of stewardship and pride for the biocentic value of the bush within the community. We will re-design village fire control strategies to avoid impacts on saltmarsh and reduce risk to fire fighters. Extended work will be carried out by NPWS, council and Dunecare by continuing to implement the Korogoro Creek Estuary Management Plan.

Molongolo Catchment Group Inc.
Stringybark to Environa Landcape link for small bush birds

$38,553

This project is part of a strategy to connect the Murrumbidgee to the Molonglo ridges in a belt extending from the escarpment east of Queanbeyan River and Googong (NSW), through to the Murrumbidgee south of Tharwa in the ACT.  The targeted section for this project has the least native vegetation cover, between Jerrabomberra NSW and Tralee Hills in NSW. The goal for this section of the overall strategy is to fence out and restore a key 14.7 hectare patch of remnant woodland (Jaspers Gorge) on the property Environa (centre of the targeted area) and to build local community ownership of the link in Jerrabomberra, particularly to their neighbourhood Queanbeyan City Council reserve land at the eastern end of the link. Jaspers Gorge has good condition over-storey and the removal of grazing, along with weed management, will allow this area to re-establish mid and understorey plants to create a key habitat patch which is large enough for small birds to establish a home range and improve general connectivity across the region.

Nature Conservation Trust of NSW
Restoring threatened species habitats and corridors in the Tweed
$100,000

In a partnership between the Nature Conservation Trust (NCT) and landholders, professional bush regenerators will restore and enhance threatened species habitat and lowland rainforest endangered ecological communities on three properties protected by NCT Trust Agreements and adjoining NPWS estate in Mt Jerusalem National Park. At Limpinwood lowland rainforest, riparian forest and endangered flora are impacted by woody weeds. At Tyalgum, weeds are a threat to threatened flora and fauna, key habitat and wildlife corridor. At Main Arm, old growth eucalypt forest supporting threatened flora and fauna has an area of lantana caused by a landslip. All landholders are committed to biodiversity conservation and site maintenance. The project will engage the broader community through training and field day events. This will include school children who will undertake environmental education activities related to threatened species and biodiversity conservation. The children will learn about birds, weed and be involved in a riverbank restoration. Field days will showcase project achievements and demonstrate restoration techniques developing skills and knowledge. The project will be promoted through development and display of a poster and regular articles in the Tweed Landcare Newsletter and local media.

Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium
Protecting the high ecological and cultural values of Busby's Flat
$99,475

The aim of the project is to protect and enhance the ecological and cultural significance of four sites by undertaking on-ground bush regeneration work, planning and implementing appropriate fire management and community capacity building. Weed control will target cat's claw creeper and lantana along 4.5 kilometres of creek to protect the habitat of threatened species such as the giant barred rog. Fire management planning, weed control and mosaic patch burning will be undertaken in 43 hectares to protect the habitat of threatened species such as yellow bellied gliders and koalas from an intense wildfire and the threat of Bell Miner Associated Dieback (BMAD), a key threatening process. The desired outcomes are the recovery of 52 hectares of high conservation value native vegetation including the protection and enhancement of 10 threatened species and three endangered ecological communities. The reduction in the extent, density and number of environmental weed species, including Weeds of National Significance will be achieved. The risk of a wildfire and BMAD on ecological and cultural values is reduced.  Land managers will be up-skilled in the tools and techniques of bush regeneration, monitoring and planning and implementing appropriate fire management for biodiversity.

Pikapene and Cherry Tree Environment Centre
Lower Dulgiggin Creek restoration

$5,500

The project aims to minimise and eradicate in some areas the rapid escalation of weed growth, preventing and reducing further environmental degradation within the riparian zone. Ongoing weed management and assisted natural regeneration will improve the stabilisation of the creeks banks.  The eradication of a number of Weeds of National Significance will help ameliorate the area for fauna reliant on that section of the creek.  Through field days, working bees and workshops the community (volunteers and land managers) will be provided with training and skills to enable them to continue to expand the work on their properties and creeks and riparian zones in the Mid-Clarence which are affected by heavy weed invasion.  It is envisaged that through this project the community will develop a greater awareness of why there is a need to continue and maintain weed eradication and learn through training and upskilling volunteers the necessary skills for the ongoing work.

Riverhaven Reserve and Farrer Place Bushcare
Enhancing the Coastal Saltmarsh and SOFF of Coronation Bay
$10,000

The proposed project will reduce the negative impacts of aggressive environmental weed species and enable the natural regeneration of coastal saltmarsh and swamp oak floodplain forest. The proposed works will:

  • Enhance existing stands of both endangered ecological communities by creating buffer zones through fencing and planting.
  • Increase awareness of, and participation in Bushcare in Oyster Bay, specifically Coronation Bay.
  • Increase and improve available habitat for the Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) listed as vulnerable under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.

South West Rocks (SWR) Community Dune Care Group
Restoration of two fragmented littoral rainforest communities at South West Rocks
$99,450

The aim of this 40 hectare weed management project is to achieve the consolidation of two fragmented littoral rainforest communities, create weed-free buffers for long-term resilience and additionally stabilise 20 years of bush regeneration across a 13.6 kilometre corridor at South West Rocks. It will generate increased native plant diversity and canopy cover through natural regeneration, and so improve habitat for native animals.  The project will generate increased community engagement and knowledge of environmental issues through the use of signage and educational resources, and strengthen ties with the local Indigenous population.

Tweed Landcare
Filling the biodiversity gaps connecting Tweed Coast to Border Ranges
$99,750

The longer term vision is to achieve connectivity of good condition vegetation corridors linking from the Tweed Coast via the coastal National Parks and Nature Reserves through to the Border Ranges and escarpment National Parks and Nature Reserves. The linkages will provide habitat and movement corridors for a range of flora and fauna including threatened species and communities. The project has to date been highly successful in identifying private and public property to ‘fill in the gaps’. Like a jigsaw puzzle the pieces are being put into place to achieve this outcome. By using the mapping of the NCLLS projects combined with Tweed Shire Council, Landcare and other stakeholder projects enables the identification of target properties. The inclusion of five additional properties within the gaps will improve the critical corridor link by connecting the high biodiversity areas of Tweed Shire. The management of these properties 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 restoration of the native vegetation communities will reduce further degradation and improve flora and fauna habitat value and connectivity.

Tweed Landcare
Mid Oxley River riparian restoration and connectivity- Stage 1
$99,650

The primary aim of the project is to improve the condition of native vegetation within the riparian corridor (20 metres of the top of the bank).  The objectives are to:

  1. Control Weeds of National Significance  and other invasive woody weeds which are damaging established native riparian vegetation and preventing recruitment of native species within remnant pockets of lowland subtropical rainforest on floodplain, an endangered ecological community.
  2. Undertake strategic plantings to stabilise eroding riparian areas; improve the habitat values on the riparian corridor; and expand and connect pockets of remnant rainforest vegetation.
  3. Educate local landowners, inform them of ecological values and processes and build community capacity to recognise and deal with threatening invasive species.

Upper Molong Creek Landcare Group
Riparian restoration of Upper Molong Creek - Stage 2
$55,250

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.  A total of 14 sites over 12 adjacent properties connecting 4,400 metres of creek frontage have been targeted for the systematic removal of Salix fragilis to be followed by the replanting of endemic plants and monitoring and eradication of willow regrowth.  This project represents Stage 2 which will complete the project by clearing 1,275 metre of crack willow from the remaining willow infested section followed by rehabilitation and revegetation of a total of 3,275 metres of willow-cleared riparian zone.  Through these initiatives our aim is to improve water quality and aquatic habitat, increase water quantity and flow, provide greater erosion control and to re-establish an important wildlife corridor.

WetlandCare Australia
Restoring connected protected koala habitat and wetland - Cudgen Lake
$99,875

This project will create an additional two hectares of core habitat for a regionally significant koala population protected within Cudgen Nature Reserve. Urban impacts will be remediated in 10 hectares of degraded swamp forest. Previously cleared areas within the reserve will be revegetated with a high proportion of koala food trees linking fragmented areas of existing remnant and recently revegetated habitat together and enhancing over 75 hectares of koala habitat. This project builds on previous successful revegetation of one hectare, and will continue effective partnerships between WetlandCare Australia, NPWS, Friends of Cudgen Nature Reserve and Tweed Shire Council. The surrounding community will be engaged in on-ground works and education to minimise threats to the Cudgen koala population outside of the Reserve and the Cudgen Lake wetland complex.

WetlandCare Australia
Protecting and enhancing critical wetland EECs, Nambucca Estuary
$99,407

The project focuses on enhancing and protecting endangered ecological communities wetland habitats across key sites in the lower Nambucca River Catchment. Works will also restore and protect critical habitat for threatened species, including the endangered black-necked stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) and vulnerable brolga (Grus rubicunda) by implementing wetland rehabilitation works across a 1,000 hectare connected landscape. On-ground works will centre on three kilometres of protective fencing, sustainable land management (including acid sulphate and erosion management), and 16 hectares weed control (focusing on Weeds of National Significance lantana, water hyacinth and salvinia).   The project will build on existing partnerships with landholders and stakeholders. On-ground works will be strongly supported by extensive landholder capacity building, property planning and training activities. The project will focus on priority targets identified in OEH SOS threatened species management actions and the Nambucca Estuary Management Plan as well as key on-ground activities identified through extensive hydrology modelling and acid discharge event monitoring.

 

 

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