Project summaries - 2007 Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants

2007 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Australian Ecosystems Foundation IncNewness Plateau Reserve habitat protection and threat abatement30,005
Brunswick Valley Landcare IncReconnecting lowland riparian corridors on Brunswick River 99,605
Cape Byron Headland Reserve TrustCape Byron Headland Reserve restoration project90,510
Combaning-Dirnaseer Landcare Group IncRestoration and rehabilitation of a rural landscape stage 397,150
Coolamon Landcare Group IncCoolamon green belt project28,550
Environmental Training and Employment IncWoolgoolga littoral rainforest and Themeda grassland restoration99,997
Environmental Training and Employment IncMyall Creek riparian restoration cats claw creeper control99,928
Floraville Ridge LandcareRegeneration of remnant rainforest gully plus awareness program27,860
Jiggi Catchment Landcare IncControl of riparian vines to protect biodiversity on Jiggi Creek96,738
Liverpool Plains Land Management CommitteeRestoring koala habitat around Gunnedah: building on a 1990 success98,000
Longreef Golf Club LimitedExtend endangered Themeda australis remnant grassland Longreef Headland34,000
Matcham/Holgate Landcare GroupConservation of gallery rainforest and Erina Creek headwaters22,176
Morisset Park Landcare Restoration and rehabilitation of Morisset Park estuarine habitat60,200
National Parks Association of NSWCoastKeepers dives: community driven marine conservation activities91,550
Riverina and South West Slopes Nature Based Tourism GroupPromotion, rehabilitation and restoration of Riverina bird habitats97,940
University of WollongongWhich species are best to plant to prevent reinvasion by bitou bush?88,465
Upper Clarence Combined LandcareUpper Duck Creek strategic subcatchment weed control and regeneration15,853
Upper Clarence Combined LandcareProtection and rehabilitation of world heritage values at Mallanganee 99,565
Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare Committee IncorporatedMurrumbidgee River headwaters black willow eradication program25,222
Wangi Point Landcare Wangi point restoration project21,150
Wetland Care AustraliaRiver bank stabilisation in Limeburners Creek, Maria and Wooli Rivers99,985
Willow Warriors IncWillows out of our rivers (WOR)98,800
22 projectsTOTAL$1,523,249

Australian Ecosystems Foundation Inc.
Newness Plateau Reserve habitat protection and threat abatement
Grant: $30,005

The Newness Plateau Conservation Reserve, situated near the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area was until recently home to several threatened fauna species which have disappeared due to pressure from feral predators and bush fire. Noxious animals will be controlled in conjunction with neighbouring landholder program to include approximately 5000 acres of bushland to reduce predation and competition to negligible levels. Severe erosion caused by illegal vehicle activities will be repaired, a management plan including a fire risk reduction regime, and ongoing biological surveys will be developed to ensure that the natural habitats will be managed in perpetuity of endangered fauna species. This project will employ local workers as conservation volunteers from across the world.

Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc.
Reconnecting lowland riparian corridors on Brunswick River
Grant: $99,605

The project will implement and extend the successful Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc. strategy, commenced in 2004, to restore the endangered ecological communities, Lowland Rainforest on Floodplain and Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest, by rehabilitating and reconnecting riparian corridors of native vegetation at iconic sites along the Brunswick River tributaries. All sites are in high visibility areas allowing for the building of focal point demonstration sites for the community of Byron Shire to follow the progress of riparian restoration. The project uses local knowledge of bush regeneration techniques and supplementary planting to remove a landscape of woody weeds and through staged replacement, facilitate the return of high conservation value vegetation. Three kilometres of creek bank will be regenerated and enhanced to connect existing restoration sites and promote understanding of the importance of corridors as the impacts of climate change are realised.

Cape Byron Headland Reserve Trust
Cape Byron Headland Reserve restoration project
Grant: $90,510

The project is located in Cape Byron Headland Reserve and looks to consolidate and expand on work undertaken at four locations from previously funded Environmental Trust project grants from 2004 to 2007. The project will assist the Cape Byron Trust in undertaking a further 24 hectares of primary work within littoral rainforest as well as secondary works in years two and three. The selected sites support two endangered ecological communities (EEC) littoral rainforest and Themeda grassland, species listed under the NSW Threatened Species Act 1995 as well as a number of ROTAP listed species. These significant communities and species remain threatened by a range of environmental weeds. The subject sites are listed as priority areas in the Cape Byron Headland Reserve Pest Management Plan 2003. The project is proposed to be undertaken over three years to enable effective secondary treatment to occur at all sites.

Combaning-Dirnaseer Landcare Group Inc
Restoration and rehabilitation of a rural landscape stage 3
Grant: $97,150

The Combaning-Dirnaseer Landcare Group has developed a long range, comprehensive strategic plan for the environmental restoration and rehabilitation in this local area. Eleven participants in stage 3 of the plan are supplementing work begun in stages 1 and 2 and will add to the local area already begun. They plan to add to the tree lines, wildlife corridor and restoration of remnant vegetation, already in place with the success of stages 1 and 2. Habitats for endangered bird species will be enhanced (regent honeyeaters, superb parrot, swift parrot and wedged tail eagles).

Coolamon Landcare Group Inc
Coolamon green belt project
Grant: $28,550

Initiation of green belt project to surround the township of Coolamon joining existing green belts. This project will enhance current biodiversity values, enhance completed green corridors in the district to date, encourage wider community participation in environment work and prove aesthetically pleasing to visitors to our district. Six years of drought have diminished vegetation and this project will see remedial work of these areas.

Environmental Training and Employment Inc
Woolgoolga littoral rainforest and themeda grassland restoration
Grant: $99,997

Bush regenerators will be employed to restore and rehabilitate endangered ecological communities (EEC) at Woolgoola Headland and Woolgoola Back Beach North. The EEC on Woolgoola Headland comprises a themeda grassland community and Woolgoola Back Beach North contains a SEPP 26 littoral rainforest. The communities are located within Coffs Coast Regional Park managed by Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) and Coffs Harbour City Council. The two sites are of highly significant vegetation types and weed management is vital to protect the native species and habitats. A vegetation restoration plan will be developed including site assessment, mapping, recommendations for strategic restoration works and monitoring and evaluation. Weed species, bitou bush, senna, vine weeds and exotic grasses are limiting the regeneration and growth of native species. Systematic bush regeneration works will be undertaken over three years.

Environmental Training and Employment Inc
Myall Creek riparian restoration cats claw creeper control
Grant: $99,928

Professional bush regenerators will be employed to restore and rehabilitate high conservation value riparian ecosystems (rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest), in the Myall Creek sub-catchment. Threatened flora and fauna species are present including giant barred frog (Mixophyes iteratus).The project include two sites; upstream on Camira Creek (4.2 hectares) and downstream on Myall Creek (4.8 hectares) threatens old growth forest on the riparian zone and biodiversity downstream. The downstream site adjoins areas where extensive restoration works have been undertaken with funds from the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA). This project will contribute to improvements in riparian vegetation, habitat connectivity and biodiversity. Community awareness, knowledge, skills and engagement in restoration will be enhanced.

Floraville Ridge Landcare
Regeneration of remnant rainforest gully plus awareness program
Grant: $27,860

This project will protect an endangered ecological community Lowland Rainforest in NSW North Coast and Sydney Bioregion and a threatened species Syzigium paniculatum through sensitive bush regeneration techniques. This site is home to the grey headed flying fox and powerful owl which are considered vulnerable. Volunteers from local community, supported by Lake Macquarie City Council and the Environmental Trust, will work along side professional bush regenerators to ensure this 4 hectare site remains in a healthy and robust condition. This investment will see the riparian zone of an unnamed watercourse restored improving water quality entering Lake Macquarie. Also, biodiversity, natural habitat and connectivity will be enhanced while providing improved visual amenity and social benefits to local residents and visitors to the site.

Jiggi Catchment Landcare Inc
Control of riparian vines to protect biodiversity on Jiggi Creek
Grant: $96,738

The aim of this project is to engage professional bush regenerators to control invasive environment weeds along 25.36 kilometre length of Jiggi Creek. A community survey and ground truthing will be used to select and prioritise areas to be included in the three year project. Vines such as madeira Andredera cordifolia and cat's claw creeper Macfadenya unguis-cati will be targeted.  Both species require specialist weed control techniques to eradicate. Over the past five years exotic vines have spread at an alarming rate with large sections of riparian vegetation now obscured below a canopy of vines with many species, specifically Casuarina cunninghamiana, now in a state of decline. Jiggi Creek is distinctive in the Richmond River Catchment due to its healthy, intact and almost continuous riparian vegetation cover. Many threatened species, both flora and fauna have been recorded throughout its length.

Liverpool Plains Land Management Committee
Restoring koala habitat around Gunnedah: building on a 1990 success
Grant: $98,000

Trees were planted in early 1990s within the Gunnedah Shire, to address the problem of increasing soil salinity. A majority of the species planted were eucalypts, and it was hoped, at the time, that the plantings would enhance koala habitat. Fifteen years on this indeed seems to be the case, with an increase in koala numbers having been observed. This project aims to measure the success of these tree plantings on the population of koalas in Gunnedah region, as well as address any potential problems of declines or overpopulation in the future. It will involve landowners in the monitoring of koalas on their lands, including whether they use planted trees, and what arrangement of trees are best suited for long-term population survival.

Longreef Golf Club Limited
Extend endangered Themeda australis remnant grassland Longreef Headland
Grant: $34,000

The project aims to extend the remnant Themeda australis grassland that once dominated the Longreef Headland to areas within the golf course rough locations, so that natural regeneration will occur in the revegetation areas. Maintenance of the existing grass community and proposed extended areas will be managed under the scientific licence No. 12026 from National Parks and Wildlife held by Longreef Golf Club. Native grasses have emerged as the plant of choice defining the golf course groomed play areas and the rough locations. This proposal commands respect for the role of Themeda australis sustaining the intricate web of native fauna and flora as well as providing a filtering role for the watershed.

Matcham/Holgate Landcare Group
Conservation of gallery rainforest and Erina Creek headwaters
Grant: $22,176

Wambina Nature Reserve protects the headwaters of Erina Creek, a gallery rainforest and habitat for 12 threatened species including - yellow bellied glider, powerful owl, grey-headed flying fox, sooty owl and greater broad-nosed bat. Matcham Holgate Landcare have been working on site for the past 12 years.  The project will consolidate work in this reserve removing weeds of national significance (WONS) and other weeds. Restoration work on site will combine work from professional contractors with community volunteer group, NPWS staff, Green Corps and TAFE students. The project will involve field days for the general community and the production of flyers focusing on native plant and weed identification and weed removal techniques.

Morisset Park Landcare
Restoration and rehabilitation of Morisset Park estuarine habitat
Grant: $60,200

The Morisset section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area has an extensive degraded landscape formerly used for farming and grazing. It conserves 174 hectares and 4 kilometres of Lake Macquarie foreshore and is one of the last remnants of foreshore bushland in the area. The site contains several wetland areas and drainage lines including Pourmalong Creek which drain into Lake Macquarie. The project will engage professional bush regenerators to assist the ongoing work of small group of Bushcare volunteers specifically targeting areas to reduce the weed proliferation, to protect threatened ecological communities, conserve biodiversity and enhance habitat by increasing the native vegetation cover. As a requirement of the Lake Macquarie SCA Plan of Management, a weed survey will also be undertaken and NPWS will also utilise integrated fire management strategies to reduce the kikuyu cover and blackberry infestations.

National Parks Association of NSW
CoastKeepers dives: community driven marine conservation activities
Grant: $91,550

CoastKeepers dives create a strong support within NSW communities for marine conservation through a network of regional self-supporting dive 'hubs'. Local groups use the CoastKeepers program's framework to participate in practical ways to protect, restore and explore their marine environment. Volunteer divers participate in established clean ups, marine surveys, aquatic weed removal, volunteer training and associated educational initiatives. The project collects data for public online databases, removes weeds and rubbish, increases community awareness about marine conservation and harnesses the dive community's passion for restoring and rehabilitating NSW oceans. The project forms part of the established CoastKeepers program and complements NPA's HarbourKeepers dives within Sydney Harbour. Supported by a project officer, CoastKeepers dives enables ongoing, informed participation in state-wide environmental activities at a local level.

Riverina and South West Slopes Nature Based Tourism Group
Promotion, rehabilitation and restoration of Riverina bird habitats
Grant: $97,940

Working with local councils, environmental partners and existing groups, eg: local Landcare groups, to build their capacity to achieve better conservation outcomes and generate a nature based tourism trade across the region. Drawing individuals and organisations together to contribute to the creation and promotion of self-drive routes for birdwatchers. This project will raise local awareness of conservation issues, promote local involvement in on-ground works such as weed control and biodiversity surveys as well as drawing more national and international tourists and facilitating nature-based tourism. The formation of these routes and associated onground works will promote management of endangered and declining ecological communities across the Riverina and south west slopes portion of the Murray, Murrumbidgee and Lachlan catchments.

University of Wollongong
Which species are best to plant to prevent reinvasion by bitou bush?
Grant: $88,465

Replanting efforts after weeds management are often hampered by reinvasion of weeds some months after replanting has finished, resulting in ongoing management. This project will try to determine if the species we plant, and the order in which we plant them, can reduce reinvasion by weeds. The project will also develop a list of species which are effectively competitors for resources and therefore may exclude invaders or limit their performance.  The project will focus on coastal areas invaded by bitou bush as many restorationists are working to remove bitou bush and rehabilitate sites in this area. The project both develops a planting list of native species which are most competitive against bitou bush, and provides guidelines on appropriate timing and combination of plantings. The University will communicate its findings with onground regenerators and land managers.

Upper Clarence Combined Landcare
Upper Duck Creek strategic subcatchment weed control and regeneration
Grant: $15,853

A ten year program of catchment rehabilitation over 30 kilometres will be supported by secondary control of madeira vine along 6 kilometres.  Experienced bush regenerators will be employed to use scrape and paint and spot hand spraying to control rampant growth.  Following the highly successful primary treatment of catchment environmental weeds (privet, camphor laurel, cats claw, moth vine, mulberry, lemon and peach), natural regeneration has commenced and pre-existing suppressed natives seedlings have also responded to the removal of competition. The treatment will reduce the risk of downstream spread of weeds and ensure continued natural regeneration. The project will be reported through local media and progress recorded by photography.

Upper Clarence Combined Landcare
Protection and rehabilitation of world heritage values at Mallanganee
Grant: $99,565

Project will protect and enhance conservation and regional connectivity of Mallanganee Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves Australia (CERRA) world heritage dry rainforest by managing threats from straying stock and environmental weeds. A 10 hectare edge area degraded by past clearing, grazing and weeds will be rehabilitated using best practice environmental weed control.  900 metres of fence will be constructed, 4,000 local provenance overstorey seed stock planted to enhance natural regeneration and re-establish natural seed dispersal mechanisms and ecological processes. A field day will raise community awareness and knowledge regarding CERRA values and threat management, and the importance of regional connectivity in a climate change scenario. Interpretive signage will be erected at Mallanganee lookout.

Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare Committee Incorporated
Murrumbidgee River headwaters black willow eradication program
Grant: $25,222

This project will map all willow populations on a 70 kilometre stretch of the Murrumbidgee River between the Kosciuszko National Park boundary and Cooma pump station. The project will concentrate on one particularly invasive seeding species, Salix nigra, which has been the target of previous control work. Reinfestations, which are known anecdotally to occur as a minor component of riparian vegetation, will be not only be located but controlled in conjunction field days and landholder training in identification and control methods to enable monitoring and control into the future. Other seeding and female trees will be marked with tape for future control works. A permanent 600 x 1200 millimetre designed information sign will be installed at the Cooma Riverside Park. The project will continue the willow awareness raising campaign focussing on Salix nigra, involving four field days, newsletters, media releases and radio interviews.

Wangi Point Landcare
Wangi point restoration project
Grant: $21,150

The Wangi Point section of Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area has an active volunteer group who need support in their efforts to control environmental and weeds of national significance (WONS) weeds. It conserves 42 hectares and some of Lake Macquarie foreshore and is one of the last remnants of foreshore bushland area at Lake Macquarie. The project will engage professional bush regenerators to assist the ongoing work of bushcare volunteers specifically targeting designated areas to reduce weed infestation (bitou and lantana), and conserve biodiversity and increase native vegetation cover. As a requirement of the plan of management, a weed survey will also be undertaken by NPWS.

Wetland Care Australia
River bank stabilisation in Limeburners Creek, Maria and Wooli Rivers
Grant: $99,985

River bank stabilisation in Limeburners Creek, Maria and Wooli Rivers will restore degraded river banks utilising one of the three stabilisation methods on sites that have not previously been targeted for stabilisation works. Riverbank stabilisation aims to reduce sediment input, improve water quality in riverine and estuarine environments and improve riparian vegetation and habitat corridors. The rivers have been chosen based on the outcomes from the Sustainable Wetlands on NSW Coastal Landscapes project funded by HCRCMA, NRCMA and NHT, that mapped, classified and prioritised wetlands for rehabilitation and conservation on the NSW North Coast. This project will also promote appropriate riverbank stabilisation techniques and provide extension to landholders through education, erosion plans and technical assistance with onground works; facilitating the conservation and protection of stream banks in these priority areas.

Willow Warriors Inc
Willows out of our rivers (WOR)
Grant: $98,800

The Willows out of our rivers project aims to utilise trained volunteers to map and monitor willows along the whitewater rivers in New South Wales. The group will promote willow awareness to river bank landowners by mail outs of willow information and the general public by promoting activities to attract new volunteers. We also hope to build better understanding in the community of the commitment needed by rural landowners with their river recovery projects. With the additional volunteers, willow warriors will extend its willow treatment project on the Goobarragandra River and continue with treatment of isolated willows in remote or difficult to access areas so that the contractors can focus on easy to access or high infestation areas.

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