Four projects in Byron Shire have been successful with their Environmental Trust Restoration and Rehabilitation grants this year with a combined total of $354,090!
Alison Ratcliffe, Landcare Support Officer said “It’s amazing that out of the 25 community grants that were awarded in NSW this year, 4 of them are in our area! Congratulations to all the groups and volunteers that have worked hard to develop and deliver these projects that will have great benefits for our wildlife.”
Bangalow Koalas Inc – Bangalow Koalas community wildlife corridor – $99,650
The Bangalow Koalas community wildlife corridor project will enhance, protect, and conserve habitat for threatened species and ecological communities including the koala and the critically endangered lowland rainforest of subtropical Australia. The project will strengthen the connection between the community and wildlife by enhancing koala habitat and rainforest remnants in a wildlife corridor. Landholders and the broader community will be supported to restore habitat to benefit plant and animal communities, providing
connectivity between rural plantings by creating ‘stepping stones’ for koalas to move safely across farmland and supporting the existing koala population with an enhanced network of koala feed trees.
Bangalow Land and Rivercare – Bandongrove Creek riparian restoration – $54,867
This project will restore a lowland subtropical rainforest riparian zone along Bandongrove Creek in the Byron Shire Hinterland. This site is located within a gazetted wildlife refuge and is a listed endemism priority area and climate change corridor. Project activities will include the planting of 2500 native trees and shrubs, monitoring their survival and growth over 3 years and intensive weed management. The project will assist in restoring ecological integrity and biodiversity, increase the amount of available habitat, create a wildlife corridor and improve landscape connectivity.
Brunswick Valley Landcare Inc. – Ridge to River: Mooibal Spur Corridor Restoration Stage 1 – $99,873
Ridge to River Stage 1 will restore 2.2 kilometres of the Mooibal Spur ridge line. Mooibal Spur is an important connection between the ridges of Mount Jerusalem National Park and the main arm of the Brunswick River and Cape Byron Marine Park. The project aims to improve the condition and connectivity of locally significant ecological links through an area of High Environmental Value North Coast wet sclerophyll threatened flora and fauna habitat. A total of 7.2 hectares will be restored through 2.2 hectares of native species planting and 5 hectares of regeneration. The habitat will be enhanced through nest box
installation and monitoring. The local community will be engaged through field days, workshops working bees, educational resources and signage.
Wilsons Creek Huonbrook Landcare Inc. – Upper Wilsons and Coopers Creek Catchments: Linkages in the Headwaters 2019 – $99,700
Located in the Byron Shire hinterland, North East NSW, the project will consolidate connectivity of lowland subtropical rainforests surrounding 3 national parks and enhance river connections from the hinterland towards the coast. Exotic species will be controlled and 16.04 hectares of native forest regenerated by encouraging seed bank germination. Long-term, forests of EEC status that support more than 40 threatened species of flora and fauna will be viable and self-maintaining. Community celebration of our biodiversity hotspot environment will be a theme of project communications which will showcase the koala,
Albert’s Lyrebird and platypus.
A full list of the successful grants can be found here: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/funding-andsupport/nsw-environmental-trust/grants-available/environmental-restoration-and-rehabilitation/2019-grantsawarded