Project summaries - 2008 Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants

2008 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Bathurst Regional CouncilRestoring corridor connectivity of box-gum woodland White Rock Road30,487
Blue Mountain City CouncilBlue Mountains bush backyards99,912
Byron Shire CouncilSimpsons Creek bank stabilisation and rehabilitation project100,000
Clarence Valley CouncilLake Wooloweyah - water quality and aquatic habitat improvement 79,883
Department of Environment and Climate Change NSWRehabilitation of Yarrahapinni Wetlands National Park99,000
Department of LandsProtection of endangered orchid habitat at Oaklands29,360
Eurobodalla Shire CouncilFencing cattle out of the only known locations of Zieria Tuberculata41,020
Gosford City CouncilRiparian rehabilitation of Upper Mangrove Creek floodplain and slopes68,236
Hawkesbury City CouncilChain of Ponds Reserve rehabilitation project34,500
Hornsby Shire CouncilPromoting habitat connectivity through partnership in Hornsby Shire100,000
Hunter - Central Rivers CMAUpper Allyn River protection and improvement program100,000
Hunter Councils IncProtecting ecological sensitive sites in roadside environments69,070
Hunters Hill Council Riverglade Reserve - restore threatened saltmarsh and riparian habitat94,510
Lachlan Catchment Management AuthorityBoorowa River recovery - better water to Boorowa100,000
Lord Howe Island BoardLord Howe ground asparagus action - the battle for Transit Hill99,012
Lord Howe Island BoardPlanning a rodent eradication on Lord Howe Island98,931
Murray Catchment Management AuthorityHabitat restoration for the Booroolong frog in the Upper Murray38,000
Northern Rivers Catchment Management AuthorityEvans River catchment to coast corridors98,600
NSW Department of Primary IndustriesRemediation of acid sulfate soils in Tilligerry Creek catchment95,400
Queanbeyan City CouncilJumping Creek hillside erosion remediation project90,000
Shellharbour City CouncilMount Warrigal restoration and rehabilitation program20,000
Shoalhaven City CouncilSCC biodiversity protection and rehabilitation project97,000
Shoalhaven City CouncilStrategic lantana extension in Wandandian, Burrier and Berry95,875
Southern Rivers Catchment Management AuthoritySweeping the broom in the Upper Shoalhaven catchment99,950
Tweed Shire CouncilExpansion of Byrrill Creek riparian restoration project80,000
Wagga Wagga City CouncilRehabilitation of habitat of the vulnerable glossy black-cockatoo23,192
26 ProjectsTOTAL$1,981,218

Bathurst Regional Council
Restoring corridor connectivity of box-gum woodland White Rock Road
Grant: $30,487

This project involves undertaking strategic revegetation of a 1.5 hectare cleared area adjoining remnant box-gum woodland along White Rock Road, Bathurst. The woodland comprises white box, yellow box, Blakely's red gum woodland, an endangered ecological community under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act, 1995. The White Rock Road woodland remnant has been degraded through fragmentation, grazing and weed invasion, however in some areas a relatively intact native understorey is present. The project aims to restore the connectivity of remnants of box-gum woodland with riparian vegetation of the Macquarie River and other remnant woodlands on the southern side of the Macquarie River. The project also seeks to enhance the quality of the remnant box-gum woodland and encourage natural regeneration through the implementation of a weed control program.

Blue Mountain City Council
Blue Mountains bush backyards
Grant: $99,192

Bush backyards is a network which supports landowners in the Blue Mountains City Council LGA who have a commitment to fauna and flora conservation on their property and whose property is able to provide significant habitat. Members may include schools, commercial properties, farmland, residential landowners and others. Although the network was established in 2003 it has not been fully developed because of limited resources. There are currently 22 participants. To date support has been confined to ad hoc site visits and advice from the BMCC Community Weeds Officer and one networking workshop has been held. The proposal is to expand the scheme in order to target landowners in high biodiversity areas, organise regular workshops to develop relevant skills, assist participants to develop simple 3-5 year property management plans and provide technical and material support to implement their management plans.

Byron Shire Council
Simpsons Creek bank stabilisation and rehabilitation project
Grant: $100,000

The project aims to protect, restore and enhance riparian high conservation value (HCV) vegetation and habitat currently degrading due to significant estuary bank erosion. The site vegetation is dominated by coastal cypress pine, considered an EEC (preliminary determination under TSC Act,1995) and the site contains one of only three small areas of this EEC in the Byron Shire (17% of shire-wide total). The site has a thin riparian strip separating a road from the estuary, is a valuable wildlife corridor and potential threatened species habitat (koalas and flying foxes) and is a highly valued Aboriginal midden. This project aims to re-instate the estuary bank toe, re-vegetate the lower, mid, and upper bank and divert freshwater runoff off the fragile bank edge. The project will improve the estuary riparian buffer, the fish habitat values and the water quality associated with the site, providing a significant environmental benefit to NSW and protecting cultural heritage values.

Clarence Valley Council
Lake Wooloweyah - water quality and aquatic habitat improvement
Grant: $79,883

This is an environmental restoration and rehabilitation project that will help to restore an extensive area of degraded wetland and saltmarsh ecosystem that is connected to Lake Wooloweyah, an important coastal lake on the Clarence. The project will restore tidal exchange to a large area of watercourses and wetlands and saltmarsh that have been isolated by a flood mitigation levee constructed in the 1960s. Works will result in improved passage for fish and other aquatic fauna, better water quality, and increased water retention on some of the over drained wetlands and fresh water creek systems adjacent to the lake. Tidal exchange will also help to neutralise any acid in drains produced by acid sulfate soils before they discharge to the lake. The project will also increase the knowledge and capacity of landholders to manage wetlands and waterways on their properties.

Department of Environment and Climate Change NSW
Rehabilitation of Yarrahapinni Wetlands National Park
Grant: $99,000

The Yarrahapinni Wetlands rehabilitation project will restore approximately 600 hectares of degraded estuarine wetlands that have been closed from tidal inundation since the early 1970s. The degraded lands expose large areas of acid sulfate soils that have caused vegetation loss. Following heavy rains, toxic metals in the soils are mobilised and eventually kill many aquatic species in the Macleay River. This project involves the saline re-inundation of the wetlands to facilitate the return of healthy estuarine ecology to the area. Re-inundation will allow large areas of mangroves and saltmarsh communities to re-establish, and will allow the nursery ground for estuarine fish and crustaceans to return. Water inundation will buffer large areas of acid sulfate soils, which will improve water quality in the Macleay River and provide a significant benefit to the local fishing and oyster industries.

Department of Lands
Protection of endangered orchid habitat at Oaklands
Grant: $29,360

Diuris 'Oakland' is an endangered orchid that occurs on Crown land within townships of Oaklands and at a number of sites in Urana. The species is found nowhere else in the world. The bulk of individuals are found at Oakland, and the future of the species depends on the effective management of this site. The location of the Oaklands population within the town makes its management difficult. It is threatened by weed invasion, grazing, inappropriate slashing, inappropriate fire regimes, and disturbance. An important first step in addressing these issues is to securely fence the population. The conservation of the species will be aided by raising its profile in the local community. It is proposed to erect interpretive signage at the Oaklands site to encourage community involvement.

Eurobodalla Shire Council
Fencing cattle out of the only known locations of Zieria Tuberculata
Grant: $41,020

Zieria tuberculata occurs in only eight known locations in NSW within 5 kilometres of Tilba Tilba on the South Coast of NSW. A management plan for the Zieria tuberculata has identified trampling and browsing by cattle as a key threat to the species. This plant species is ranked as significant on a state and national level. This project will provide strategic fencing to exclude cattle from the eight known locations of Zieria tuberculata.

Gosford City Council
Riparian Rehabilitation of Upper Mangrove Creek floodplain and slopes
Grant: $68,236

The rehabilitation of Upper Mangrove Creek riparian zone, adjacent floodplain and slopes will favour natural plant regeneration and help to protect unique sandstone gully rainforests and nearby Dharug National Park. The project aims to increase the resilience (health) of previous farmland areas by the selective removal of environmentally invasive weed species using qualified bush regeneration teams. Over the next three years, the team will remove the shade tolerant weed species that can disperse into the surrounding diverse high quality native forest plant communities. Gaps in the tree canopy will be revegetated by planting along the riparian zone using endemic overstorey species from local seed collection, propagation, site preparation and planting. The project will continue the systematic riparian restoration works along Upper Mangrove Creek.

Hawkesbury City Council
Chain of Ponds Reserve rehabilitation project
Grant: $34,500

Rehabilitation works at Chain of Ponds Reserve will include bush regeneration along Currency Creek and Chain of Ponds Creek. Weeds to be targeted include honeysuckle, privet, wandering jew and African love grass. In addition, some interpretive signage and a track head will be installed to encourage people to walk through the reserve and to appreciate the natural values that exist there. The vegetation at Chain of Ponds Reserve consists of River Flat Forest and Shale Sandstone Transition Forest, with a healthy canopy providing hollows for a variety of fauna, including threatened species. These works will support the active Bushcare group that works at the site.

Hornsby Shire Council
Promoting habitat connectivity through partnership in Hornsby Shire
Grant: $100,000

Promoting habitat connectivity through partnerships in Hornsby Shire aims to enhance vegetated habitat links through partnerships on public and private properties across a range of landscapes. Council has many successful community based bushland restoration programs on public and private land. The project will improve and expand incentive programs partnering with different landowners to enhance connectivity, targetting biodiversity hotspots (including EECs) on public and private land. It will focus on building capacity for property planning and implementing on-ground habitat restoration works. It will restore key landscape linkages, providing connectivity between private and council managed bushland and National Parks land.

Hunter - Central Rivers CMA
Upper Allyn River protection and improvement program
Grant: $100,000

This program will rehabilitate, enhance and protect riparian habitat and geomorphic condition along 26 kilometres of the upper Allyn River. It will proved technical and financial assistance to landholders and will utilise contracted Riverworks crews subsidised by the CMA to improve and care for riparian areas in their control. The project will remove giant reed, a weed identified as a major concern throughout the local community and previous CMA riverworks sites, as a way to connect with landholders to achieve larger river rehabilitation objectives that are consistent with the CMA's Catchment Action Plan. The program will directly contact the 27 landholders along the reach and aim to work with a minimum of 60% of these. The Environmental Trust cash component will be used to target landholders in moderate to good condition reaches where maximum outcomes can be achieved for relatively small amounts of funding.

Hunter Councils Inc
Protecting ecological sensitive sites in roadside environments
Grant: $69,070

The project will design and implement a regional roadside marker system that identifies and protects ecologically significant roadside sites across 14 local government areas in the Hunter and Central Coast Region. Roadside environments within the region provide habitat for at least 28 threatened flora species, adjoin 480 kilometres of Ramsar listed wetlands and contain seven ecologically endangered vegetation communities. The marker system will provide a direct link between regional roadside management guidelines and on ground works in roadside reserves. The project will produce field guides, mapping data and training to support and ensure the success of the roadside marker system.

Hunters Hill Council
Riverglade Reserve - restore threatened saltmarsh and riparian habitat
Grant: $94,510

The project will create a continous riparian vegetation corridor along Tarban Creek, through Riverglade Reserve. Riverglade Reserve supports some of the last local populations of small passerine birds in Hunters Hill, the planting of dense local native shrubs will provide an excellent habitat and help to increase small bird populations. Frog populations in the reserve are currently very low, the removal of carp from wetlands and the restoration of frog habitat will allow frogs to breed freely. The rare red-crowned toadlet lives locally, but is not found in Riverglade, project works may attract the species and enable it to breed in the reserve. Weeds will be removed from the threatened saltmarsh vegetation community, this will protect native plants and allow the community to expand. Bush regeration works will also protect the mangrove and riparian vegetation communities, in addition to protecting and expanding the populations of two local species of threatened plants.

Lachlan Catchment Management Authority
Boorowa River recovery - better water to Boorowa
Grant: $100,000

The Boorowa River recovery is a partnership between LCMA and Greening Australia which has protected and enhanced 50 kilometres of river or 450 hectares of riparian area in the Boorowa catchment over the last three years. During this project a continuous 14 kilometre stretch of the Boorowa River was improved through problem willow removal, fencing from stock and revegetating using locally native species. We propose to continue this successful work for a further 12km downstream. This would result in a total of 26 kilometres of the Boorowa River being rehabilitated, and will improve flow and water quality entering the Boorowa town water supply bringing better water to Boorowa.

Lord Howe Island Board
Lord Howe ground asparagus action - the battle for Transit Hill
Grant: $99,012

The Lord Howe Island Group (LHIG) comprises a rich biodiversity supporting over 239 native vascular flora of which 113 (47%) are endemic and 8 species recognised as endangered. The island comprises 34 unique vegetation communities of which 18 are of conservation concern due to threatening processes; namely weed invasions. Ground asparagus infestation on the Transit Hill area poses a threat to the island's values and is compromising achievement of weed eradication from the island. This project proposes to commence control of a widespread mature and dense infestation of ground asparagus from the northeast part of Transit Hill. It will deal with a 10 hectare complex of a 50 hectare infestation. This project will help to protect the biodiversity values of an internationally recognised world hertiage area and will compliment the ongoing Lord Howe Island ~ war on weeds project.

Lord Howe Island Board
Planning a rodent eradication on Lord Howe Island
Grant: $98,931

Ship rats on Lord Howe Island (LHI) are recognised as a key threatening process under both state and commonwealth legislation. Eradication of introduced rats and mice from this world heritage island is identified as a high priority in the LHI Biodiversity Management Plan, and is arguably the most significant single conservation management action that can be undertaken for biodiversity and threatened species conservation in NSW. Eradication, while feasible, is complex and meticulous planning is critical to success. The Lord Howe Island Board has initiated planning for such an eradication using external grants, and this project will fund the current project officer to progress the next phase of planning in accordance with a strategic eradication plan that has been prepared.

Murray Catchment Management Authority
Habitat restoration for the Booroolong frog in the Upper Murray
Grant: $38,000

Habitat restoration for the Booroolong frog (Litoria booroolensis) in the upper Murray catchment NSW by control of willows along the Coppabella and Jingellic Creeks in areas that have been fenced and protected by landholders and the Murray CMA. Frogs are reliant on the rocky substrates and the interstitial spaces in the cobble banks for egg deposition. Willow roots form mats over rocky substrates, reducing available habitat and trapping sediment that accelerates the degradation.

Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Evans River catchment to coast corridors
Grant: $98,600

This project aims to improve corridor connectivity and enhance Oxleyan pygmy perch (OPP) habitat across the Evans River catchment. This will be achieved through targeting environmental impacts associated with agriculture, erosion and environmental weeds, and reducing habitat fragmentation and establishing buffer zones (through revegetation) at strategic sites. Site restoration works will be undertaken on private and public land with landholders agreements and matching contributions from land managers enhancing habitat, connectivity and site maintenance. Several sites in the Evans River catchment are of significant Aboriginal cultural heritage importance to the local Bandjalung tribe. At these sites rehabilitation works will be undertaken in partnership with Aboriginal groups. Awareness raising and training of landholders and the local community is a feature of the project and will ensure the long-term success of the on-ground restoration works.

NSW Department of Primary Industries
Remediation of acid sulfate soils in Tilligerry Creek catchment
Grant: $95,400

The Port Stephens Great Lakes Marine Park is being adversely affected by poor water quality being discharged from the Anna Bay catchment into Tilligerry Creek containing high levels of acid, iron, aluminium and other toxic heavy metals from the oxidation of potential acid sulfate soils. This is having significant impacts on the health of a marine park sanctuary zone (Wallis Creek) that flows into Tilligerry Creek affecting an important juvenile fish nursery and impacting on the local oyster industry. NSW DPI have undertaken water quality and soil testing throughout the catchment and have released a scientific report detailing on-ground remediation actions that need to be undertaken to reduce acid discharge. This project will implement the rehabilitation works recommended in the report.

Queanbeyan City Council
Jumping Creek hillside erosion remediation project
Grant: $90,000

The Queanbeyan River is subject to repeated episodes of turbidity after rain events mainly due to a major area of steep slope erosion at the bottom of the catchment of Jumping Creek where it joins the Queanbeyan River. This diffuse source of pollution is an historic erosion that has been exacerbated by activities such as illegal motorcycle riding. Queanbeyan Landcare together with the DECC, the NSW Soil Conservation Service and Queanbeyan City Council believe that this area although private land, is of extremely high priority to the future health of the Queanbeyan River and requires a multi faceted approach which can be expensive. This application would allow Council to work with land owners, Landcare and the Soil Conservation of NSW to successfully restore, rehabilitate and control the erosion of Jumping Creek and ameliorate the heavy turbidity events in the Queanbeyan River.

Shellharbour City Council
Mount Warrigal restoration and rehabilitation program
Grant: $20,000

The Mount Warrigal site contains two  endangered ecological communities (EEC) (Illawarra Lowlands Grassy Woodlands and Illawarra Dry Subtropical Rainforest), threatened species (Pimelia spicata) and regionally significant species. The major threat to these fragile components is invasive weed infestation. The project aims to remove this weed threat and reduce their impact on this significant habitat. This will be achieved through a collaborative approach between Shellharbour City Council and the Mount Warrigal Bushcare Group.

Shoalhaven City Council
SCC biodiversity protection and rehabilitation project
Grant: $97,000

There are currently seventeen endangered ecological communities known from the Shoalhaven LGA, eight of which share the busy coastal zone with a permanent population of 92,000 and 3.3 million visitors/annum. SCC is the land manager of the majority of reserves that provide public access and facilities to the beaches and waterways that service these populations. Council is critically aware of the pressure this places on these valuable resources and the reserve system they sit within. A number of successful pilot rehabilitation and restoration activities have been instigated with assistance from the Southern Rivers CMA, DECC and council's Bushcare volunteers. To date, the CMA Coastal Headlands Projects have improved the health and viability of 120 hectare Bangalay Sand Forest, 3 hectare Swamp Sclerophyll Forest, 15 hectare Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest and 85 hectares of the valuable vegetation that protects them through fencing, access upgrades/restrictions, bush regeneration, erosion and feral animal control.

Shoalhaven City Council
Strategic lantana extension in Wandandian, Burrier and Berry
Grant: $95,875

The project will assist 80 landowners and six Landcare groups in undertaking control of lantana and follow up weed growth in seven high priority lantana control zones in the middle and northern Shoalhaven. A total of 1,350 hours of on ground assistance in splattering and spraying lantana will be provided, on properties adjoining sites where lantana control is already underway. A total of 250 hours of on-site training will be provided to individual landowners and groups on control techniques and follow-up control. On ground assistance will vary between 8 and 20 hours per site, based on the severity and size of the infestation and the ecological value of the site, to be provided by council's Environmental Weed Control team. Fourteen monitoring sites, each 1 hectare and two in each zone, will be established to assess in detail the effectiveness of supporting landowners with a relatively minor level of on-ground assistance. Work will be done over two years, with education and monitoring for three years.

Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Sweeping the broom in the Upper Shoalhaven catchment
Grant: $99,950

Riparian zones in the Upper Shoalhaven have been severely degraded through a history of agriculture and poor land use management practices. This has resulted in weeds extensively invading them causing a decline in biodiversity through suppression of native vegetation and loss of habitat. This project will:

  1. Primarily seek to control/eradicate extensive tracts of the noxious weed Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius). The weeds of national significance, blackberry (Rubus fruiticus) and serrated tussock (Nassella trichotoma), will also be targeted.
  2. Revegetate the most severely degraded riparian areas of the Upper Shoalhaven.
  3. Fence stock out of the waterways enabling the riparian areas to become re-established.
  4. Improved water quality.
  5. Improving biodiversity.
  6. Building the capacity of local landholders in NRM.

This project is important because it will re-establish habitat corridors throughout the Upper Shoalhaven improving the biodiversity of the region. Longer term benefits will be that landholders will learn how they can better manage weeds for biodiversity outcomes on their properties.

Tweed Shire Council
Expansion of Byrrill Creek riparian restoration project
Grant: $80,000

In 2005 Tweed Shire Council commenced work on the Byrrill Creek riparian restoration project with funding from the Environmental Trust. This has resulted in a highly effective and coordinated approach to conservation/enhancement of riparian rainforest in the Byrrill Creek Sub-Catchment of the Tweed River. This area has been identified as having the best remaining example of riparian vegetation in the Tweed Valley and abuts Mebbin and Wollumbin National Park. Since initiation of the project four additional landholders have joined, increasing the number of private properties involved from 15 to 19. The continued investment in this project by the Environmental Trust will allow Tweed Shire Council and the Tweed River Committee to focus on sustaining the existing outcomes of the project (14 kilometre creek bank/48 hectares under restoration). The Environmental Trust funding will be used to undertake weed and cattle control in new areas, over a total of 5 kilometres of creek bank.

Wagga Wagga City Council
Rehabilitation of habitat of the vulnerable glossy black-cockatoo
Grant: $23,192

The project will restore 8 hectares of known habitat of the vulnerable glossy black-cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus lathami, in the Pomingalarna Reserve which is the only known location of this species in the Wagga Wagga LGA. The project will plant 2,000 seedlings of drooping she-oak, Allocasuarina verticillata, in ten areas. Six artificial nest hollows will be installed in box trees within the reserve. Pomingalarna Reserve probably serves as a significant habitat link to the endangered population of glossy black-cockatoos further west at Narrandera Hills. The presence of black-cockatoos and use of nest hollows will be monitored over two years.

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