Project summaries - 2009 Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants

2009 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Australian Ecosystems Foundation Inc Wolgan River Valley, riparian regeneration and reconstruction


Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group Inc  Endangered rainforest: ameliorating threats, enhancing resilience


Braeside Bushcare Group   Saving Braeside Blue Mountains uplands swamp from gorse and broom


Citizens Wildlife Corridors Armidale Inc Vegetation management for threatened woodland birds


Friends of Knudsen Reserve Bushcare Group  Restoring Knudsen Reserve bushland - strip to get the natural look


Friends of Lane Cove National Park Fairyland to Fullers Bridge, restoring endangered communities


Friends of Tom Thumb Lagoon Wetland Conservation works at Tom Thumb Lagoon and EEC in Wollongong


Greening Australia (Capital Region) Ltd  Pygmy Perch in the Pudman (Boorowa River recovery)


Hunter Wetland Centre Australia Biodiversity improvement at Hunter Wetlands Community Ramsar site 


Lake Macquarie Landcare Network Inc Illawong Park littoral rainforest and themeda grassland restoration


Macleay Landcare Network Inc Control of bitou bush and lantana at Hat Head in EEC areas


Mulgoa Valley Landcare Group Mulgoa Creek biodiversity corridor: targeting 7 weeds along 7kilometres


Orara Valley River Care Groups Management Committee Inc  Connecting riparian rainforest along Bucca Creek and north of Nana Glen


Palm Grove Ourimbah Creek Landcare Inc  Restoring and protecting Ourimbah Creek


Roslyn Landcare Group Inc Restoring and rehabilitating Southern Tablelands native vegetation


Saltair Flora and Fauna  Maria River wildlife project - stage 2 


Southern New England Landcare Ltd  Improving degraded riparian areas and remediating eroded land


Taree Landcare  Manning River and Browns Creek Rainforest restoration stepping stones


Wolli Creek Preservation Society Inc Undercliffe track (Wolli Creek) bush restoration stage 1


19 projects



Australian Ecosystems Foundation Inc
Wolgan River Valley, riparian regeneration and reconstruction
Grant: $100,000

The 1099ha site forms part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and sits between the Gardens of Stone National Park and Wollemi National Park. The property was largely cleared of native vegetation by the previous owners for grazing cattle. The main watercourse, Wolgan River, is experiencing significant erosion due to the clearing of vegetation and over-grazing by cattle. The creekline ecology of the Wolgan River will be improved during this riparian restoration project, through creek stabilisation measures to control erosion and the re-establishment of endemic riparian vegetation. The riparian zones will create continuous wildlife corridors through the site, joining the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Wollemi and Gardens of Stone National Parks.

Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group Inc
Endangered rainforest: ameliorating threats, enhancing resilience
Grant: $100,000

This project involves controlling threats posed by weeds to the survival of endangered lowland rainforest at 36 remnants in the 99% cleared Big Scrub, thereby enhancing the habitat of 99 threatened species that occur in Big Scrub remnants, enhancing resilience to and future environmental damage from climate change and other threats. 400 days of weed control will be carried out at 37 sites by professional rainforest regenerators using best-practice methodology. The project also involves engaging and educating the community at field days, the Big Scrub Rainforest Day and via our group's publications and website. The project continues the long-term Big Scrub Rainforest Restoration Program which was established by our group in 1997 and now involves a broad partnership of community organisations, local government and the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water. Running this project will enhance the capacity of our group and our partners to protect, enhance and restore the environment.

Braeside Bushcare Group
Saving Braeside Blue Mountains uplands swamp from gorse and broom
Grant: $49,140

Braeside, a Blue Mountains Swamp (listed as a vulnerable Ecological Community) and known habitat for the endangered Giant Dragonfly (threatened species) is threatened by long-term invasion of Ulex europaeus (Gorse) - a weed of national significance. This project will reduce the extent of the Gorse infestation to a level that can be maintained by volunteers. It will build on previous and continuing efforts to control the Gorse invasion of the Grose Wilderness by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Blue Mountains City Council and community groups over the past 20 years. Work will comprise primary, secondary and follow-up removal of Gorse. The Govetts Leap Brook catchment is the last remaining catchment of the Grose River that contains Gorse. Treating Gorse in this area now offers real hope to eradicate it completely from the catchment and thus the serious threat to the integrity of the Grose Wilderness Area.

Citizens Wildlife Corridors Armidale Inc
Vegetation management for threatened woodland birds
Grant: $98,594

The project will oversee the rehabilitation and revegetation of 12 sites in southern New England region with the aim of managing vegetation and habitat for threatened woodland birds of the Northern Tablelands of NSW. The sites have been selected as priority areas managed by sympathetic landholders to enhance, protect and manage existing patches of native vegetation. The work will add to our continuing efforts to create linkages, corridors and refuges between patches of remnant vegetation on the Northern Tablelands.

Friends of Knudsen Reserve Bushcare Group
Restoring Knudsen Reserve bushland - strip to get the natural look
Grant: $62,955

Dedicated effort of the Knudsen Reserve Bushcare group led to the acquisition of land adjoining Knudsen Reserve. The Environmental Trust grant presented the perfect opportunity to restore the reserve and new land immediately. This project aims to complete bush regeneration to protect and restore the newly acquired land containing the endangered ecological community, Cumberland Plain woodland. This two year project will specifically:

  • complete bush regeneration, targeting Wandering Jew, Balloon Vine, Mother of Millions
  • encourage natural regeneration
  • improve habitat of protected species
  • fence to stop outside influences such as grazing.

Friends of Lane Cove National Park
Fairyland to Fullers Bridge, restoring endangered communities
Grant: $50,310

Fairylands to Fullers Bridge; the restoration of a riparian corridor along the Lane Cove River. Combining bush regeneration and community participation. This project is the first step in restoration of the riparian habitat that provides connectivity from Fairylands to Fullers Bridge. It will restore an area with three endangered ecological communities, Sydney freshwater wetlands, swamp oak floodplain forest and coastal saltmarsh. It will target weeds of ‘national importance’, including lantana plus pampas grass and a suite of other weeds, including vines that are identified as key threatening processes for these and other ecological communities. Community participation days, for both local residents and the park's corporate neighbours, will focus on revegetation of low resilience areas and clearing of dense privet, or vine infestation while building community knowledge of, participation in and ownership of the project.

Friends of Tom Thumb Lagoon Wetland
Conservation works at Tom Thumb Lagoon and EEC in Wollongong
Grant: $98,870

The project seeks to employ a supervisor to manage volunteers undertaking weed removal, revegetation and on-ground conservation works at Tom Thumb Lagoon Wetland, an endangered ecological community. This project will continue ongoing works allowing 30 permanent mature age volunteers to undertake 56,000 metres of primary weed removal of invasive weeds on the south and eastern sides of the wetlands. This will eliminate weed infestation into the saltmarsh communities. The project will also allow the installation of 4000 plants over 2 years on the wetland margins. Part of the project will see the installation and maintenance of 10 habitat and breeding ponds for the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog - a joint project between local industry and Wollongong City Council.

Greening Australia (Capital Region) Ltd
Pygmy Perch in the Pudman (Boorowa River recovery)
Grant: $98,000

Boorowa River Recovery is a partnership between Lachlan Catchment Management Authority, Greening Australia and a number of corporate and community partners which has protected and enhanced 80 kilometres of river or 630 hectares of riparian area in the Boorowa catchment over the last 3 years. "Pygmy Perch in the Pudman" will be implemented as a sub project of Boorowa River Recovery. It will focus on protecting and rehabilitating habitats along the Pudman Creek - one of the only creeks with no feral fish, and home to the threatened Southern Pygmy Perch.

Hunter Wetland Centre Australia
Biodiversity improvement at Hunter Wetlands Community Ramsar site
Grant: $99,940

The project aims to continue to improve the health and biodiversity of the only community based Ramsar wetland system at the Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia. The three year program aims to: improve the ailing health of the Melaleuca swamp forest (an endangered ecological community and breeding area for four egret species); continue to rehabilitate and revegetate the wetlands to improve biodiversity; release native fauna on the site; provide valuable research opportunities to university students; and reduce waste going to landfill. 

Lake Macquarie Landcare Network Inc
Illawong Park littoral rainforest and themeda grassland restoration
Grant: $46,750

At Illawong Park, Swansea Heads, a remnant of wind-sheared littoral rainforest adjoins a themeda grassland community, (both are endangered ecological communities). Both communities need a bush regeneration program to maintain their integrity, and signage and community education to prevent further degradation. This project aims to restore this unique environment by engaging the local community and regenerating the rainforest remnants by targeting threatening processes. Professional rainforest regenerators (and trainers) will work with the community in the acquisition of natural resource management skills. Weed encroachments will be minimised by creating a sympathetic buffer zone between the reserves and surrounding properties.

Macleay Landcare Network Inc
Control of bitou bush and lantana at Hat Head in EEC areas
Grant: $99,500

Reduce the impacts of weeds of national significance in endangered ecological communities of littoral rainforest and themeda grasslands as well as sclerophyll forests and coastal heath headlands. Heavy infestations of bitou bush, lantana and vine weeds threaten the integrity of the native species and habitats. Indigenous people will undertake bush regeneration activities to remove weeds, monitor and evaluate success, monitor threatened species and communities, prepare progress reports and update weed maps. They will collect and propagate native seed (in their nursery) for re-planting throughout the site. Aerial spraying of bitou bush will occur in heavy infestation areas.

Mulgoa Valley Landcare Group
Mulgoa Creek biodiversity corridor: targeting 7 weeds along 7 kilometres
Grant: $90,000

The Mulgoa Creek Biodiversity project will support the long term efforts of the Mulgoa Valley Landcare Group to restore endangered ecological communities of Cumberland Plain woodland and Sydney coastal river flat forest along 7 kilometres of Mulgoa Creek. The project will involve 18 private properties and 2 public properties over a period of 3 years. Through the control of 7 target weeds the project will restore biodiversity, improve habitat, strengthen remnant bushland connectivity and support property owner participation and education. Contract bush regeneration will assist volunteers and property owners in their efforts to manage overwhelming infestations of environmental weeds which are negatively impacting native vegetation communities within this expansive project area.

Orara Valley River Care Groups Management Committee Inc
Connecting riparian rainforest along Bucca Creek and north of Nana Glen
Grant: $99,999

Connecting riparian rainforest along Bucca Creek and the Orara River north of Nana Glen village. The Orara River rehabilitation project completed an Expression of Interest process in 2008 which identified new landholders on Bucca Creek and the Orara River north of Nana Glen village. These new landholders complement a total list of 32 new and existing landholders along Bucca Creek and the Orara River north of Nana Glen village who are already participating in, or who have expressed a high level of interest and commitment to, on ground works as part of the project. Land use is beef cattle grazing, forestry and conservation. Riparian weeds and stock are impacting upon the riparian zone. The project would involve new landholders and enhance and maintain current sites to repair connectivity of riparian vegetation.

Palm Grove Ourimbah Creek Landcare Inc
Restoring and protecting Ourimbah Creek
Grant: $97,600

This project has two aims:

  1. to rehabilitate 1.7 kilometres (2.3 hectares) of riparian gallery rainforest adjacent to Ourimbah Creek at Ourimbah NSW
  2. investigate and develop a conservation property vegetation plan (PVP) agreement under the Native Vegetation Act (2003) with the landowner to ensure the long-term protection and enhancement of this site.

The site is one of the most important actively managed but non-reserved conservation areas within the Gosford/Wyong region. There are currently no regional examples of lowland gallery rainforest protected within the Local or State reserve system i.e. with International Union for Conservation of Nature level IV protection or greater. The site has been identified as a choke point within an important wildlife corridor, linking forested reserves to the north and south of Ourimbah. This link is compromised due to fragmentation and weed infestation on the floodplain.

Roslyn Landcare Group Inc
Restoring and rehabilitating Southern Tablelands native vegetation
Grant: $69,260

The enthusiastic Roslyn Landcare Group has been establishing a basic network of native vegetation on previously cleared grazing land for the past 15 years; expert monitoring has recently demonstrated an increase in native birds returning to the area. In this project, members will build on this network by fencing pockets of remnant vegetation on their land and on unused Travelling Stock Reserves and by adding additional wide (at least 15 metres) corridors of native vegetation, all in the area between the nearby remnant 800 hectare Mount Rae Forest to the east, the Wollondilly River to the west and the Tarlo River to the south. This will provide important additional habitat and 'stepping stones' for the threatened fauna identified in the area and protection for the rare and threatened flora in the many pockets of remnant vegetation.

Saltair Flora and Fauna
Maria River wildlife project - stage 2
Grant: $100,000

The Maria River Wildlife Project incorporates a unique mosaic of ecological communities covering 22,000 hectares. There are 6 endangered ecological communities (EEC) harbouring an impressive list of state and federal listed threatened flora and fauna within an area of coastal wilderness with excellent connectivity between land tenures. Following on from a previous project, this 2 year project will continue to build on providing ongoing protection, enhancement and private landholder/community support for these areas. The project will take an integrated approach to fauna and flora management using scientific, technological and social strategies, such as feral animal control programs, Quoll and Dingo monitoring, ECC and corridor enhancement; community field days; and private landscape management to achieve conservation outcomes. The intent is to foster custodial ownership amongst those that live there and visitors to this area to ensure ongoing protection for this environment.

Southern New England Landcare Ltd
Improving degraded riparian areas and remediating eroded land
Grant: $97,970

The project includes multiple on-ground works sites on rural properties on the Northern Tablelands, NSW. The works proposed will aim to rehabilitate degraded riparian and eroded land. These works will result in protection of upland riparian zones, reduction of erosion and downstream sedimentation and improvement of water quality in numerous tributaries of the Northern Rivers and Border Rivers Gwydir Catchments.

Taree Landcare
Manning River and Browns Creek Rainforest restoration stepping stones
Grant: $14,920

This project will restore a riparian area of Browns Creek and the Manning River which will improve water quality. It will involve the community and result in the third and fourth ‘stepping stone’ of lowland rainforest. Both the physical state of the waterway and the way in which the community values it will improve. Taree Landcare and the Taree community acting together will lead to lessening of riparian weeds and rubbish, an increase in the native vegetation and improve the water quality of Browns Creek and Manning River. These riparian areas will link with other restored areas completed by Taree Landcare and the community in 2009 and extend the lowland rainforest habitat.

Wolli Creek Preservation Society Inc
Undercliffe track (Wolli Creek) bush restoration stage 1
Grant: $59,119

This project will:

  1. build on previous work to rehabilitate an area of bushland, identified in the Bushland Regeneration Operations Plan (BROP, 2000) as the seventh priority for bush regeneration in the 50 hectares of land to form the Wolli Creek Regional Park (WCRP) under National Parks and Wildlife Service management (Site 1)
  2. extend restoration work to an adjacent area, with better resilience but omitted from the BROP as outside WCRP proposed boundaries in 2000 (Site 2)
  3. further engage the community in protecting and restoring local bushland by forming an additional group of volunteers from current Wolli Creek Preservation Society members already involved in restoration and recruits from the local community.

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