The Black Summer Bushfires caused devastation through large areas of our natural environment, destroying flora and fauna and habitats for threatened species.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan has announced over $1 million for various Landcare projects across our community.
“These new projects will build on the broad range of recovery activities already being carried out by Landcare and other community groups in the wake of the fires,” Mr Hogan said.
“The Federal Government is committed to the recovery of our wildlife and habitats – it is vitally important that we continue to do this work so that our native iconic species, can return to their natural environments and thrive.”
To date, the Federal Government has committed $200 million for wildlife and habitat recovery through the $2 billion National Bushfire Recovery Fund. A list of the 111 Landcare grant projects can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/bushfire-recovery/activities-and-outcomes
|Bungawalbin Landscape Bushfire Recovery
Weed and vertebrate pest control will be implemented over 175 ha of fire impacted National Parks estate and surrounding private in a partnership with Bungwalabin Landcare, Bandjalang Traditional Owners, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and local community.
|Bungawalbin||Workways Australia T/A Envite Environment||$102,208|
|Nightcap Resilience 2: Restoring the Nightcap Connector Rainforests
Expanding on the impact of the current Commonwealth-funded project ‘Restoring Resilience to the Nightcap Connector Rainforests 2021-22’ delivered in partnership with Lismore City Council, ‘Nightcap Resilience 2’ seeks to build local landholder capacity while enhancing the recovery of EEC Lowland Subtropical Rainforest and associated Wet Sclerophyll forests impacted by the 2019 Mt Nardi fire.
|Terania Creek||Richmond Landcare Inc||$236,924|
|The Great Cane Toad Bust
Recent research has shown a boom in cane toad numbers and accelerated geographical advancement in bushfire affected zones due to the destruction of vegetation barriers, the creation of open plains and pathways, and a reduction in food competition following the death of native species.
|Grafton||Clarence Landcare Inc.||$166,780|
|Fire Recovery of Threatened Eastern Freshwater Cod Critical Habitat: Phase Two
Phase two of this project will see control of weeds across three properties, spanning 4 km of riverbank. Over 500 native trees will then be planted to provide habitat, bank stability and reduce the likelihood of weeds reoccurring.
Finally, 1.5 km of fencing will be installed to protect the restoration sites from domestic stock.
|Nymboida||OzFish Unlimited Ltd||$49,292|
|Habitat Recovery for Hollow Dependent Fauna – regional-scale solutions for long-term resilience
|Lavadia||North Coast Regional Landcare Network||$240,984|
|Upper Duck Ck – Restoring 1.8km of riparian vegetation to strengthen resilience as refugia and as a corridor; and to buffer the stream and stabilise banks. Enhancing wildlife habitat with nest boxes and tree hollows and controlling feral pests
In this project, 0.9 km of stream will be fenced excluding stock which are damaging the steep sandy banks. New stock watering points will help re-establishment of river processes that result in deeper pools & aquatic habitat in what is now a sand choked stream.
|Capeen Creek||Upper Clarence Combined Landcare Inc.||$50,000|
|Sowing the seeds for recovery and resilience in the Orara Valley, Coffs Harbour
This project will provide funds for experienced seed collectors to collect local native seed from remnant bushland and will also include time for scoping the landscape for potential seed sources.
|Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare||$35,310|
|Supporting the recovery of the mid stratum and groundlayer in grassy woodland forests
The project will develop training tools on native grass collection, storage, propagation and direct seeding methods. This training will be delivered at a public workshop with additional train-the-trainer content shared with north coast regional landcare members.
|Kyogle||Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare Network Inc||$49,696|
|Natural Habitat Protection from Indian Myna invasion
Clarence Landcare will employ two casual Myna Bird staff to coordinate community trapping, maintain traps, set and check traps including our Aviary trap on public and private property. They will provide traps, support and training to the community.
We aim to control 500 birds and increase the number of community trappers. We will raise community awareness about the impact of these pest species via social and print media.
|Upper Richmond River Bushfire Recovery Project
This project will engage skilled bush regenerators to conduct weed control along 800m of the Richmond River and 2km of tributary Burnetts Creek.
|Dairy Flat||Roseberry Creek Landcare Inc||$45,800|