Project summaries - 2010 Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants

Updated July 2011

2010 Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation - community grants
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group Inc.Rehabilitating border ranges endangered lowland rainforest


Booroongen Djugun Aboriginal CorporationJidaanga Cultural Project - Endangered Phaius australis


Bush Habitat Restoration Cooperative LtdExtension to Ropes Creek restoration and community project


Condobolin and Districts LandcareRevitalising Lachlan catchment riverine environments


Dirawong Reserve TrustDirawong, Evans Head, conserving the past, protecting the future


Dundundra Falls Reserve TrustDuffys Forest endangered ecological community restoration


Dunedoo Area Community Group Inc.Talbragar River restoration near Dunedoo NSW


EnviTE Inc.Eastern Dorrigo plateau restoration and rehabilitation


EnviTE Inc.Red Rock Reserve coastal dune and EEC restoration project


EnviTE Inc.Richmond River Nature Reserve restoration and rehabilitation


Friends of Lane Cove National ParkDalrymple Hay - restoration of endangered Blue Gum High Forest


Hastings Landcare Inc.Hastings and Macleay Indian Myna control program 


Karangi Landcare Inc.Community education through landcare action at Karangi Public School


Loreto NormanhurstLoreto Normanhurst bush regeneration project


Macleay Landcare Network Inc.Dungay Creek river restoration project


Nambucca Valley Landcare Inc.Indian Myna control program - mid north coast stage 2


Nature Conservation Trust of New South WalesRestoring high conservation value habitats and corridors in NE NSW


Nimbin Rocks Cooperative Landcare GroupProtection of biodiversity - Goolmangar Creek


Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve TrustNorah Head headland, restoration and rehabilitation


Pacific Palms Community Association Inc.Wallis Lake foreshore rehabilitation


Riverina Highlands Landcare NetworkRidgelines to rivers - Riverina highlands Box Gum project


Sandon Point, Casuarina Forest (Collins Creek) and Whartons Creek Bushcare GroupsRiparian and headland restoration and regeneration in Bulli


Tallyan Point and Smith's Bay Bushcare GroupSt Georges Basin Foreshore protection project


Tuggerah Lakes (Pioneer Dairy) Reserve TrustRestoration of remnant vegetation at Pioneer Dairy oxbow


Wetland Care Australia Pty LtdLower Hunter wetlands corridor - shorebird protection program


25 Projects



Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group Inc.
Rehabilitating border ranges endangered lowland rainforest

This multi-partner project involves controlling threats posed by weeds to the survival of endangered lowland rainforest at 55 remnants (39 in the Big Scrub) identified as priority repair sites in the Border Ranges Rainforest Biodiversity Management Plan. It will enhance the habitat of >100 threatened species and the resilience of endangered lowland subtropical rainforest to future environmental damage from climate change and other threats. 750 days of weed control will be carried out (250 funded by the Environmental Trust) by professional rainforest regenerators using best-practice methodology. The project also involves engaging and educating the community at field days and the Big Scrub Rainforest Day and via our group's publications and website. Running this project will enhance the capacity of our group and our partners to protect, enhance and restore the environment.

Booroongen Djugun Aboriginal Corporation
Jidaanga Cultural Project - Endangered Phaius australis

To reintroduce to suitable habitat and recover an endangered icon species: Phaius australis, swamp lily, which has significant biodiversity and cultural traditional value. This will involve identifying and mapping of suitable habitat for reintroduction, propagating, growing out and hardening of 1500 Phaius australis ready for progressive planting in identified locations, preparing sites including weed work and maintenance of Phaius australis. On-ground works will be carried out by Certificate III and IV Conservation and Land Management students in accordance with recovery actions in the Priority Action Statement for ex situ conservation.

Bush Habitat Restoration Cooperative Ltd
Extension to Ropes Creek restoration and community project

Our environmental project is to protect and enhance a natural section of the landscape along Ropes Creek near North St Marys. The project has two major components. (1) Bush regeneration in critically endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland - using bush regeneration methods to connect previously worked areas of remnant vegetation; planting of locally prevenanced plants under the power line; strategic removal of monoculture weeds near the creek on hot summer days. (2) Active community involvement will include working on site with local volunteers, local school students, and working closely with Penrith Council to prevent improper vehicular access to the site and to maintain plantings; plus sharing local knowledge with the Catchment Management Authority, Greening Australia, and negotiating with Transgrid and local media for coverage of the project.

Condobolin and Districts Landcare
Revitalising Lachlan catchment riverine environments

This project will form a fenced bushland corridor along the Lachlan River in central NSW. Grazing stock will be excluded from the fragile riparian zone, enhancing a range of biodiversity attributes, including natural regeneration of trees, shrubs and grasses. The condition of this riparian zone is fundamental to riverine health - by addressing the health and quality of riparian vegetation, the buffer between agricultural land use and the waterway is enhanced, providing for a richer diversity and populations of native fauna. It will improve the condition, connectivity and resilience of habitats and landscapes, whilst building the skills and sharing the knowledge of local landholders.

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Dirawong Reserve Trust
Dirawong, Evans Head, conserving the past, protecting the future

This project aims to conserve and protect the cultural and ecological significance of this coastal remnant and enhance restoration work already undertaken. The desired outcomes are the recovery of native vegetation and the reduction in the extent and number of weed species and the eradication of bitou bush. Continued adoption of targeted low level herbicide and no herbicide approach in this sensitive area provides the means to consolidate the natural habitat, corridor and vegetation values of the Dirawong Reserve. Through media opportunities and support of the Catchment Management Authority's Community Support Officers encourage increased participation of community in restoring natural areas and caring for the Reserve.

Dunedoo Area Community Group Inc.
Talbragar river restoration near Dunedoo NSW

This project will fence off a five kilometre section of the Taibragar River, in the Central West of NSW. Stock and feral animals will be excluded from the riparian zone to allow recolonisation by riparian vegetation. Snags and large woody debris will be returned to the river channel to encourage the reformation of the deep pool structure that was present before the invasion of European Carp. When restored to the deep pool structure the project site will form an important stepping stone in native fish migrations as well as important habitat and breeding area for a range of aquatic organisms.

Dundundra Falls Reserve Trust
Duffys Forest endangered ecological community restoration

Dundundra Falls Reserve includes two stands of Duffys Forest Endangered Ecological Community (DFEEC), one of which is affected by urban stormwater run-off and bush edge disturbances, creating a favourable environment for the spread of exotic plant species. This area of DFEEC forms the basis of this grant application.  Our objective is to use bush regeneration, re-vegetation and the restoration of a stormwater drainline running through the DFEEC, to manage the spread of weeds and improve the DFEEC bushland condition. This will restore the riparian vegetation at the top of a tributary of Cowan Creek (at the top of the catchment) and improve the diversity of natural habitat for local fauna and flora. We will benefit the local community by providing educational signs along existing bush tracks, promoting the importance of DFEEC and the issues it faces.

EnviTE Inc.
Eastern Dorrigo plateau restoration and rehabilitation

The project will employ professional bush regenerators to work with landowners to rehabilitate high conservation value vegetation on three properties on the Dorrigo Plateau. The sites are habitat for threatened flora and over 11 threatened fauna species and form part of a corridor linking national parks. Vegetation includes cool temperate rainforest, tall open forest and gully rainforest. Most of the riparian corridors on two properties have been fenced to exclude cattle. Weed infestation, including small-leaved privet, lantana and camphor laurel is degrading native plant communities and limiting regeneration. Vegetation restoration plans will be developed for each site to guide restoration works. The capacity of land managers to manage the site will be enhanced through training in restoration techniques and working to a strategic plan alongside professional bush regenerators.

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EnviTE Inc.
Red Rock Reserve coastal dune and EEC restoration project

Bush regenerators will be employed to rehabilitate five Endangered Ecological Communities (EEC) and an adjacent strip of coastal dune and heath at Red Rock Reserve. The EECs within the reserve include Themeda Grassland on seacliffs and coastal headlands, littoral rainforest, Coastal Saltmarsh, Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest, and Swamp Sclerophyll on coastal floodplains. The site is significant in terms of its constituent vegetation and location. The proposed weed management including control of bitou bush, senna, vine weeds and exotic grasses is vital to protect native species and habitats. A vegetation restoration plan will be developed and systematic rehabilitation works and community engagement activities will be undertaken over three years.

EnviTE Inc.
Richmond River Nature Reserve restoration and rehabilitation

Professional bush regenerators will enhance coastal wetland (SEPP14), littoral rainforest remnant, and Swamp Sclerophyll Forest on coastal floodplain Endangered Ecological Communities at Richmond River Nature Reserve in partnership with the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water. The reserve is regionally and internationally significant as habitat for threatened shorebirds including the beach stone curlew, pied oyster catcher, little tern, sanderling and ospreys. A vegetation restoration action plan will be developed to guide strategic bush regeneration works over three years. Environmental weeds, including asparagus fern, glory lily, ochna, coastal morning glory and bitou bush are degrading vegetation communities and threatened species habitat including shorebirds nesting sites. Community awareness of the impact of garden escapees and the significance of coastal habitat for shore birds will be enhanced through educational activities.

Friends of Lane Cove National Park
Dalrymple Hay - restoration of endangered Blue Gum High Forest

The Dalrymple Hay restoration of endangered Blue Gum High Forest project aims to restore bushland in Dalrymple Hay Nature Reserve (DHNR) using bush regeneration methods and community participation. The project will also continue to educate the community about the importance of protecting this Endangered Ecological Community using the Blue Gum High Forest education kit. DHNR and adjoining Browns Forest, located in St Ives represent the largest remaining remnant of Blue Gum High Forest and also contains some Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest. Both communities are listed as critically Endangered Ecological Communities under the Commonwealth Government's EPBC Act 1999 and endangered ecological communities under the NSW TSC Act 1995. This long term project commenced in 2001 will continue primary weeding and maintain secondary weeding to protect and rehabilitate these EECs.

Hastings Landcare Inc.
Hastings and Macleay Indian Myna control program

This project builds on a program run by Hastings Landcare up until 2009. Due to no funding in 2009/10 the Indian Myna Project Officer position was not filled. Hastings Landcare has developed community information on Indian Mynas including a handbook, brochures, post cards and a website, and has traps available for loan to the community. This project will enable extension of the trapping program to the Macleay region, in conjunction with Macleay Landcare. The project will undertake development of community groups in both areas, interested in working to control the myna population through trapping and education of the public. It will also enable monitoring of the population, seasonal behaviour patterns, provide training on control techniques and ethical treatment of the birds, by these community groups.

Karangi Landcare Inc.
Community education through landcare action at Karangi Public School

This project aims to continue the restoration work undertaken on Karangi Creek by volunteers from the Karangi Landcare group and the Karangi Public School community. Camphor laurels are the dominant canopy tree species along Karangi Creek on the perimeter of Karangi Public School. The dense canopy created by the camphor laurels has resulted in limited regeneration in areas where this canopy remains intact. These trees also provide a significant input of seed into other areas where Karangi Landcare volunteers and students of Karangi Public School have previously worked. This project will allow future students to build upon the 10 years of previous restoration work undertaken by the school community along Karangi Creek by providing additional safe work areas.

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Loreto Normanhurst
Loreto Normanhurst bush regeneration project

Loreto Normanhurst has approximately 4.5 hectares of the endangered Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest. These forests are recognised as an endangered vegetation community and are protected by State and Federal legislation. Loreto College has recognised the biodiversity, educational and conservation significance of this community and plans long term bush regeneration activities to secure its recovery, ensuring it is conserved and protected so future generations can benefit from and learn about our natural environment. This project is about regenerating the bushland area and managing the impact of the surrounding environment on this endangered community. The school is committed to addressing and managing the numerous pressures which threaten the sustainability of the remnant and we are actively working to ensure positive conservation outcomes for the site.

Macleay Landcare Network Inc.
Dungay Creek river restoration project

This project aims to protect Dungay Creek, a major freshwater creek in the Macleay Catchment, which has suffered poor land management, water quality issues, clearing and subsequent weed invasion. Within Dungay Creek, Macleay Landcare and Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority have identified eight adjoining properties managing livestock, willing to carry out river restoration activities, and additional property owners have shown interest in protecting their riverbanks. The eight properties have developed River Plans which identify the need to reduce erosion, reduce weeds, implement fencing, improve water quality, reduce stock access, increase native habitat and revegetate riverbanks to improve Dungay Creek. These plans will be used to carry out effective and co-ordinated on ground works, assist the existing Dungay Creek Landcare activities and protect the future river health and water quality.

Nambucca Valley Landcare Inc.
Indian Myna control program - mid north coast stage 2

This project will be a continuation of the 2008 Indian Myna control program currently running in the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca local government areas. The current program is highly successful, over 1,000 birds killed and over 500 people engaged in year 1. Feedback from community volunteers has been overwhelmingly positive having frustrations relieved and greater trapping success due to assistance from a project officer. A strategic network of volunteers is being set up across the region. We have achieved targets set for this program. From experience in running this program we see the necessity to build on our gains and extend this myna control to another level. A part-time project officer employed for next 3 yrs is necessary to support volunteers, network across NSW, extend and coordinate surveys and collate results, and coordinate financial contributions from partners.

Nature Conservation Trust of New South Wales
Restoring high conservation value habitats and corridors in NE NSW

Professional bush regenerators will restore high conservation value ecosystems on three properties protected by Nature Conservation Trust (NCT) Trust Agreements (conservation agreements). Habitat for threatened flora and fauna (including Endangered Ecological Communities) is threatened by weeds. At site one, lantana has infested significant key habitat and wildlife corridor areas with bell miner associated dieback present. Site two, wetlands provide habitat for many threatened species but are invaded by seteria and lantana. At site three, ecosystems virtually indistinguishable in structure and composition from nearby World Heritage Listed Rainforest Reserves are degraded by lantana and camphor laurel. All landholders are committed to biodiversity conservation. A partnership between NCT, EnviTE and landholders, involving community education, will restore habitat for threatened flora, fauna and ecosystems.

Nimbin Rocks Cooperative Landcare Group
Protection of biodiversity - Goolmangar Creek

Professional bush regenerators will be engaged to control invasive environmental weeds on Goolmangar Creek. Community surveys 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 cats 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 native species now in a state of decline. The creek is distinctive in the Richmond River catchment. At least 13 threatened fauna and flora species have been recorded within 5 kilometer radius, it is an important link to High Conservation Vegetation including the World Heritage Listed Nightcap National Park.

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Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve Trust
Norah Head headland, restoration and rehabilitation

High in biodiversity and resilience the Norah Head headland's unique vegetation is threatened by the advancement of bitou bush and other weed species. Through reduction of these weeds the bushland will be provided with conditions to once again begin a natural cycle of regeneration. The project will fund contractors to implement and complete weed management regimes that will allow Coastcare volunteers to subsequently increase work areas out under long term maintenance activities. Habitat for fauna will also be improved through supplementary revegetation plantings. Static displays and interactive talks incorporated into the Norah Head Lighthouse tours will reach the many visitors to the site to increase knowledge and understanding of environmental and cultural protection needs for the area.

Pacific Palms Community Association Inc.
Wallis Lake foreshore rehabilitation

This project seeks to unite several volunteer groups and agencies currently working on wetland/bushland restoration projects on Wallis Lake foreshore reserves. All sites feature sensitive landscapes listed as Endangered Ecological Communities such as Saltmarsh, Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest and SEPP 14-listed wetlands. All areas are suffering from degradation and weed invasion. The project will provide on-ground support and training for all volunteer groups, consolidating and expanding their efforts at all sites. Weeds will be systematically treated and areas rehabilitated where necessary. A community education program will engage local primary school children and the broader community with interactive learning opportunities, as well as broader community education via market displays and field days.

Riverina Highlands Landcare Network
Ridgelines to rivers - Riverina highlands Box Gum project

This collaborative project will restore and connect 50 hectares of critically endangered Box Gum Grassy Woodland (BGGW) across the Riverina highlands landscape. It has strong linkages to the 'Community in Landscapes' program where participating landholders are working together to develop cross property conservation plans that will detail strategies to restore and link BGGW on adjoining properties. The aim of this project is to implement these strategies and address the key drivers which have led to the decline of this vegetation community. A part time coordinator will project manage and coordinate works including fencing to restrict stock access, provision of alternative stock water and revegetation with locally endemic species. Landholders will sign a 10 year conservation management agreement to ensure that outcomes are maintained for the long-term.

Sandon Point, Casuarina Forest (Collins Creek) and Whartons Creek Bushcare Groups
Riparian and headland restoration and regeneration in Bulli

Bushcare and bush regeneration contractors will work together to restore connectivity along a riparian corridor, coastal headland, and in a remnant of Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest at Bulli. At Sandon Point, weed removal will be undertaken over 5,500m2 with a focus on removal of exotic vines and protection of the dunes by revegetation. At Collins Creek bushcare will work over an area of 1,300m2 along the edge of the Swamp Oak forest and downstream along Collins Creek, whilst contractors will focus on weed control removing weeds including Lantana, Trad and Panic Veldt Grass over 2,000m2 within the Environmentally Endangered Community. Weed control at Whartons Creek will be undertaken over 15,000m2 focusing on Madeira Vine, Privet, Lantana and Morning Glory. Approx. 3,000 native plants will be installed across the sites with planting events advertised to the local community through bushcare.

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Tallyan Point and Smith's Bay Bushcare Group
St Georges Basin foreshore protection project

St Georges Basin foreshore areas contain high value conservation remnant vegetation in the Ecologically Endangered Communities of Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest, Swamp Sclerophyll Forest and Salt Marsh. Many remnants contain Melalueca biconvexa, which is listed as vulnerable under state legislation. Many of these remnants have been degraded by impacts from adjacent and surrounding urban residential areas including weed invasion, encroachments, trail bikes, vehicles and other recreational uses. This project will work with two existing community Bushcare groups to reduce these impacts by undertaking bush regeneration works, formalising existing walking tracks and by directly engaging adjacent landholders to reduce their impacts.

Tuggerah Lakes (Pioneer Dairy) Reserve Trust
Restoration of remnant vegetation at Pioneer Dairy oxbow

Tuggerah Lakes (Pioneer Dairy) Reserve is a 155 hectare crown land reserve containing significant wetlands and watercourses which feed Wyong River and enter Tuggerah Lake. Past agricultural uses and changes in hydrology have resulted in degradation of the remnant vegetation and wetland areas. This project will assist volunteers in the regeneration of 4.5 hectares of native vegetation at the oxbow between Mardi Creek and Tuggerah Creek. This area contains two Endangered Ecological Communities, Freshwater Wetlands and Swamp Sclerophyll Forest, and the rare plant Melaleuca biconvexa. Threatened fauna recorded on the site, squirrel gliders, regent honeyeaters and swift parrots, will also have a net benefit from the project through habitat improvement.

Wetland Care Australia Pty Ltd
Lower Hunter wetlands corridor - shorebird protection program

The Lower Hunter wetlands corridor connects a chain of coastal floodplain and estuary wetlands, including Ramsar-listed sites, which are internationally recognised as the most significant sites for migratory shorebirds in NSW. 38 of the 66 migratory species listed under the Japan-Australia and China-Australia Migratory Bird Agreements (JAMBA and CAMBA) use the complex mosaic of roosting and feeding habitats provided across these wetlands. Unfortunately for these birds, their annual arrival is met with a high density of feral predators which take easy advantage of ground dwelling species. Further to this, the habitats that are critical for these species are being continually degraded and often lost. This project seeks to establish a comprehensive pest and shorebird habitat enhancement program that will protect and restore these important biodiversity values into the future.

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