Project summaries - 2009 Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants

2009 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - state and local government grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Ballina Shire Council Big Scrub rainforest restoration - Killen Falls and Duck Creek


Bombala Council Restoring our waterways to make our platypus happy


Department of Environment, Climate Change and WaterHabitat restoration for the critically endangered persoonia pauciflora


Department of Environment, Climate Change and WaterRestoration of alpine/sub alpine wetlands - Kosciuszko National Park


Department of Lands Restoration of Glossy Black-Cockatoo habitat in the Riverina


Eurobodalla Shire Council Conserving endangered ecological communities in the Eurobodalla


Gloucester Shire Council Protecting the grey crowned babbler species in Gloucester


Gosford City Council Goodywang Reserve regeneration


Greater Taree City Council  Regenerating, revegetating and revisiting the Cattai Wetlands


Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority  Goorangoola Creek threatened species habitat rehabilitation project


Lismore City Council  Rehabilitating and connecting koala habitat in the Richmond catchment


Mid-Western Regional Council  Lawson Creek restoration project - Mudgee


Penrith City Council Jamison Creek rehabilitation - stage 2


Port Stephens Council Improving and protecting water quality in Tilligerry Creek - stage 2


Port Stephens Council  Enhancing ecosystem resilience in the Williams estuary


Ryde City Council  River to river:  reconnecting two key Sydney wildlife corridors


Sydney West Area Health Services Parramatta River riparian corridor restoration project


Tweed Shire Council Recovery of threatened species in priority implementation areas


Wollongong City Council Restoration of native vegetation along Sharkys Beach and headland


Wollongong City Council Removal of willow, coral and other weed trees in riparian corridors


20 projects



Ballina Shire Council
Big Scrub rainforest restoration - Killen Falls and Duck Creek
Grant: $99,115

The project will employ professional bush regenerators to rehabilitate high conservation value Big Scrub subtropical rainforest over 6.92 hectares at Killen Falls, Tintenbar and Duck Creek, Alstonville, along 1 kilometres of creek bank. These sites are habitat for a diverse selection of threatened flora and fauna species. Weed infestation, including lantana, madiera vine, privets, camphor laurel and tradescartia, are degrading native plant communities and limiting natural regeneration. Vegetation management plans have been developed for both sites, as part of the project these plans will be updated and works will be implemented in line with plan recommendations. The capacity of the council to manage the sites will be enhanced through this project by greatly reducing the extent and cover of weeds and facilitating natural regeneration.

Bombala Council
Restoring our waterways to make our platypus happy
Grant: $69,208

Our project is focused on sections of the Bombala and Delegate rivers. It aims to ensure the protection of platypus habitats along the selected sections by restoring river corridors along parts of both Rivers. The project will concentrate on increasing the riparian vegetation to preserve and sustain future platypus activity and improve both water health and quality with benefits to both wildlife and humans. It aims to also instil in the community an ethos of caring for our waterways, vital to the success of any future restoration and rehabilitation programs. It builds on efforts by local landowners and farmers who have traditionally had stewardship of large parts of our waterways and supports their efforts to improve the local environment. Our project aims to educate youth, community members, landholders and tourists via media, workshops, printed and web based information and to encourage active community involvement in environmental projects.

Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water
Habitat restoration for the critically endangered persoonia pauciflora
Grant: $98,226

The project will rehabilitate 85 hectares of habitat for the critically endangered shrub Persoonia pauciflora (North Rothbury Persoonia) and also aims to facilitate protection and restoration across a further 558ha of potential habitat on private property. This shrub is restricted to the North Rothbury area in the lower Hunter Valley and much of its habitat has been cleared or is highly degraded. Less than 350 mature individuals remain, with most of these occurring within disturbed and degraded private properties and along road verges. The areas to be restored form part of an important corridor, linking two proposed conservation reserves.

Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water
Restoration of alpine/sub alpine wetlands - Kosciuszko National Park
Grant: $98,000

This project will target the rehabilitation of the Rock/Perisher Creek Wetland system in the Perisher Valley (1700 metres above sea level) of Kosciuszko National Park. The wetlands are part of a disturbed alpine bog vegetation complex recognised as nationally significant and listed as a threatened ecological community in both federal and state legislation. The wetland system and its surrounding riparian vegetation provide habitat for threatened flora, including many endemic species and threatened fauna species, including populations of the Broad-toothed rat. The wetland and riparian zones in this area have undergone change from past land use however still function in a predominantly natural state. The Trust funds would be used to undertake environmental weed control of isolated outbreaks throughout the riparian zones, stream bank stabilisation and the promotion of natural regeneration and revegetation in disturbed areas to provide habitat and connectivity for Broad-toothed rat.

Department of Lands
Restoration of glossy black-cockatoo habitat in the Riverina
Grant: $29,750

The Riverina glossy black-cockatoo endangered population is restricted to hills and low ranges in the Riverina that support stands of Drooping Sheoak, its principal food. Fewer than 40 birds may remain. The population is threatened by the loss and degradation of habitat. The persistence of glossy black-cockatoos in the Riverina is dependent on the identification and appropriate management of remaining foraging habitat. This project will map foraging habitat on Crown Land, quantify the current condition of sheoak stands and develop plans for their long term management. It represents an important first step in the development of a regional network of Crown Reserves for glossy black-cockatoo conservation.

Eurobodalla Shire Council
Conserving endangered ecological communities in the Eurobodalla
Grant: $95,193

This project seeks to protect and restore identified endangered ecological communities on private land in the Eurobodalla Shire. The project will provide incentives for private landholders to engage in long term land management contracts to implement environmental protection and rehabilitation works. The project will also enhance the community’s awareness of the significance of vegetation communities and be integrated with Landcare and other environmental programs in the Eurobodalla.

Gloucester Shire Council
Protecting the grey crowned babbler species in Gloucester
Grant: $43,500

The project aims to protect the grey crowned babbler, listed as vulnerable under the Threatened Species Act 1995. Actions will include the installation of cat proof fencing of certain areas, improve the management of vegetation on council owned land, work with local landholders to maintain vegetation on their properties and implement an educational component to raise awareness of the species and the need to protect habitat areas with signage, brochures and web-based information. Project actions have been selected from key management actions identified on the grey crowned babbler retention plan developed for Gloucester Shire Council in 2006.

Gosford City Council
Goodaywang Reserve regeneration
Grant: $93,898

Goodaywang Reserve is situated at Point Clare on the western shores of Brisbane Waters. This picturesque reserve preserves some significant native remnants of the original vegetation of the area. A remnant ironbark forest and endangered ecological community of estuarine swamp oak forest are found at the site. The project will improve the ecological resilience of the vegetation whilst greatly improving the quality of the area for passive recreational purposes. This will involve a 3 year bush regeneration and planting program to protect and enhance the site.

Greater Taree City Council
Regenerating, revegetating and revisiting the Cattai Wetlands
Grant: $87,461

This project will deliver a bush regeneration, revegetation and passive education program (as a part of a self guided wetland walking tour) at the Cattai Wetlands on the mid north coast of NSW. Initial bush regeneration works have already been undertaken at this site, with this project providing vital additional bush regeneration efforts to ensure the continued regeneration and viability of the diverse habitats present. The revegetation program would deliver 4,000 trees in cluster plantings across approximately 40 hectares to both the north and south of the site to promote species diversity and encourage future natural regeneration in areas that were once cleared for agricultural production. A walking trail has already been established at the site with a 1 kilometre extension proposed to allow walking access to a 'lookout' on a 30 metre high ridgeline in the centre of the property and associated interpretive signage.

Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority
Goorangoola Creek threatened species habitat rehabilitation project
Grant: $100,000

The purple spotted gudgeon (Mogurnda adspersa) is a small freshwater fish listed as an endangered species under the NSW Fisheries Management Act (1994). In March 2009, a community based stream health project discovered a population of the gudgeon in Goorangoola Creek, a tributary of the Hunter River. The population extended the known distribution of the species markedly and is highly isolated from other populations. The species became the first threatened freshwater fish recorded in the Hunter region. This project aims to rehabilitate, enhance and protect riparian habitats within the Goorangoola Creek catchment. It will provide technical advice and financial assistance to landholders interested in implementing waterway improvement activities such as stock exclusion fencing, revegetation and general care of riparian areas in their control for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the gudgeon population.

Lismore City Council
Rehabilitating and connecting koala habitat in the Richmond catchment
Grant: $99,560

Arguably the most important factor influencing koala occurrence is the suite of tree species available. Small, fragmented or highly disturbed habitats are less likely to support koalas in the long-term due to edge effects, limited resources and increased predation (2008 Koala Recovery Plan). This project will:

  1. "the where" bring together existing information to identify existing koala habitat and use vegetation mapping to identify suitable areas for improving linkages both within and between habitat corridors
  2. "the what" engage bush regenerators and landholders to rehabilitate existing koala habitat areas and improve connectivity through tree planting to establish new habitat areas and improve capacity of landholders to manage habitat through field days, demonstration sites and educational material.

Mid-Western Regional Council
Lawson Creek restoration project - Mudgee
Grant: $20,400

The project proposes the protection, restoration and enhancement of the watercourse and riparian zone along 1.8 kilometres of the south bank of Lawson Creek, Mudgee, from the Glen Willow Oval to the Cudgegong River confluence. The project will involve willow control and native revegetation and demonstrate the significance of working towards sustainable environmental management and highlight the importance of natural resource conservation. Project implementation will enhance natural biodiversity and improve environmental health while addressing the impacts of weed infestation and poor water quality through the restoration of degraded environmental resources as a response to human activity encroaching on local habitats and biodiversity.

Penrith City Council
Jamison Creek rehabilitation - stage 2
Grant: $60,000

This project will address rehabilitation of unworked sections of the Jamison Creek riparian corridor. Plan of management performance targets include conserving biodiversity, maintaining ecosystem function, extending wildlife corridors and restoring the creek banks. Recommendations in the Hawkesbury Nepean riverbank management program, the recovery plan for the Cumberland Plain endangered ecological communities, best practice guidelines for bush regeneration on the Cumberland Plain and Australian Association of Bush Regenerators will also be included. A strategy will be implemented which focuses on the recovery, recruitment, long term durability and expansion of fragmented remnant species, populations and corridors whilst identifying and minimising key threatening processes.

Port Stephens Council
Improving and protecting water quality in Tilligerry Creek - stage 2
Grant: $82,600

To involve landholders in actively improving the degraded land and water quality within the Tilligerry Creek catchment and the Port Stephens Estuary, through a combination of riparian area protection (8.6 kilometres), appropriate fencing and planned revegetation (8,000 plants).  This will improve water quality, control nutrient runoff, prevent soil erosion and restore original vegetation cover directly benefiting both land based agriculture and aquaculture industries. A series of workshops will also be conducted on improving agricultural practices that are currently having a detrimental effect on the areas water quality.

Port Stephens Council
Enhancing ecosystem resilience in the Williams estuary
Grant: $100,000

The aim of the project is to protect the riparian corridor of the estuarine reach of the Williams River between Raymond Terrace and Seaham. Fencing, native planting and constructed rock fillets will be implemented to rehabilitate approx 3.8 kilometres of riverbank across 12 properties identified as priorities by the Williams River Erosion Study, 2005. Rock fillets will be constructed at two priority sites to protect remnant riparian vegetation and facilitate regeneration. These works will become demonstration sites of this technique for the Lower Hunter. This project will ensure the long-term resilience of the riverbank and the endangered ecological communities and other remnant ecosystems that exist along it. This project enhances the value of the "wake boarding exclusion" zone that has been established in the area.

Ryde City Council
River to river:  reconnecting two key Sydney wildlife corridors
Grant: $97,566

The project will plant new habitat to re-connect two key wildlife corridors that link two iconic Sydney rivers – Lane Cove and Parramatta. It will also protect and restore existing habitat in these corridors in Ryde and Hunter’s Hill local government areas. This will help fauna, including threatened powerful owl and declining birds and bats, to move through and survive in this landscape. Currently, this corridor is disjunct, in poor condition, and offers only a limited range of resources for these and other bushland-dependent species. Building on the results of recent biodiversity surveys and local bush regeneration work, this project will undertake targeted field surveys, design and implement strategic corridor plantings, and monitor fauna population responses to this link over time. Synergistic partnerships will be developed with local residents, local bush regeneration groups, the Catchment connections and restoring natural capital projects, neighbouring councils, the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water and Sydney Green Web.

Sydney West Area Health Services
Parramatta River riparian corridor restoration project
Grant: $59,592

The project will restore a degraded area of remnant Sydney coastal river-flat forest vegetation (a listed endangered ecological community-Cumberland Plain woodland) on the banks of the Parramatta River. Approximately 400 metres (1.2 hectares) of riparian vegetation will be restored and rehabilitated by removing invasive weed species and the planting of 3000 native trees, shrubs and groundcover species. The southern section of the site (0.6 hectares) is utilised by the grey-headed flying-fox, a listed vulnerable species. The vegetation, particularly the canopy trees is under significant pressure from both invasive weed species and the flying-foxes themselves. Flying-fox habitat will be rehabilitated through the removal of exotic vines and the planting of native trees for canopy replacement. The site also contains culturally significant heritage trees (Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources 2004 North Parramatta Mixed Zone Master Plan) that will also be assessed, managed and protected.

Tweed Shire Council
Recovery of threatened species in priority implementation areas
Grant: $100,000

The project will implement the priority actions to conserve threatened species and abate threatening processes in selected priority implementation areas (PIAs) as recommended by the model process set up by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority. The selected sites are subcatchments at Bilambil-Duroby and Byrrill Creek in Tweed Shire and upper and lower Brunswick in Byron Shire. The PIAs form part of critical climate change corridors linking the coast with the hinterland and Border Ranges. Eight summary action plans have been prepared involving stakeholders from government and community. Actions include restoration and expansion of habitat, control of isolated occurrences of highly invasive weeds, stakeholder involvement and community and landowner education.

Wollongong City Council
Restoration of native vegetation along Sharkys Beach and headland
Grant: $45,000

This project involves the restoration and regeneration of native vegetation along the dunes and headland at Sharkys Beach, Austinmer/Coledale. Weed removal will be undertaken over area of 20,000 metres, comprising themeda grassland (an endangered ecological community), dune vegetation, banksia scrub and small remnants of rainforest. This will help restore the integrity of the vegetation communities and improve their resilience to future impacts such as climate change. Biodiversity in the area will be increased and habitat for native fauna improved. A vegetation management plan (VMP) has been prepared for the site and this project will implement the VMP. Weeds to be removed include morning glory, madeira vine, turkey rhubarb, lantana, blackberry, asparagus fern and buffalo grass. Contractors will also support a Bushcare group that has been working at the site since 1996 and local community members will be informed about the project and encouraged to participate.

Wollongong City Council
Removal of willow, coral and other weed trees in riparian corridors
Grant: $45,000

The proposed project will involve the removal of woody weed species such as willow, coral and privet trees at priority sites in watercourses and riparian corridors in the Wollongong local government area (LGA) and subsequent planting of appropriate native species to help restore and enhance these project sites. Removal of weed species at priority sites and restoration of riparian corridors have been identified as strategies within the floodplain risk management studies and plans that have been prepared by council, the riparian corridor management study which has been prepared by DIPNR for catchments in the LGA and vegetation management plans for the various sites. This project will thus minimise and prevent future flood and blockage problems in the Wollongong LGA and increase riparian corridor biodiversity, resilience and connectivity at priority sites.

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