Tenterfield Flood Disaster Environmental Recovery Projects – GLENRAC – WoNS (Lantana and Blackberries) and Flood Recovery Works. ($33,000)
The project will be implemented in flood (January 2011) affected areas of the Tenterfield shire that are within the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority Region.
The Project will assist local communities with the rehabilitation of damage that occurred to the environment during the January 2011 floods. The project will help increase area of native habitat and vegetation that is managed to reduce critical threats to biodiversity, enhance the condition, connectivity and resilience of habitats and landscapes and reduce downstream impacts of erosion and sedimentation. The project will be delivered in two parts.
Part A. WoNS (Lantana/Blackberries) weed control
Reduce the impact of Weeds on Natural Significance. Lantana and Blackberries on 4 hectares of high quality vegetation by engaging contractors and landholders and or supplying chemical, materials and information to Landcare and community groups for control of WoNS weeds Lantana and or Blackberries in areas of the Glen Innes Shire impacted by January 2011 Flood events. Areas can include Riparian areas, areas that have been seed source or new infestations.
Part B Restoration Project
Assist in carrying out restoration works in parts of Glen Innes District impacted by January 2011 Flood events. Assistance will be in the form of materials, inspections and information to assist Landholders and groups to implement Flood Recovery Projects that are within NRCMA region.
Northern Rivers Catchments Management Authority – Community Support Project – Glen Innes/Severn 2011-12.
This project requires the delivery of community capacity building (CCB) services, including Community Support Officers (CSOs) for the part of Glen Innes/Severn LGA within the NRCMA region.
Community and stakeholder awareness of NRM issues and the role of the Australian Government and NRCMA in NRM investment programs and achievements are increased.
Community attitudes to NRM issues are positively influenced.
Community skills and knowledge of NRM issues and practices are increased.
Community involvement, collaboration and partnerships in NRM are increased.
Implementation of projects addressing identified NRM targets and delivered through NRCMA investment are supported.
Opportunities for the community to increase investment in NRM are supported.
The activities of the Aboriginal Extension Officer/s working within the project area are supported as required.
Soil Carbon benchmarking and monitoring on Ben Lomond Farms – Final Year 2012/13 ($22,000)
This project aims to consolidate the information base established with 2 years of carbon recording – correlating carbon sequestration abilities and sustainable land management practices, in particular the ability of perennial pasture to sequester carbon across a range of soil types. It seeks to provide relevant information gathered locally to assist landholders in the greater region to improve land and farm management practices to increase the carbon content of their soils and therefore benefit the ecosystem around them. This project will increase broader community engagement in the carbon debate at a time when greater understandings of NRM issues are being acknowledged.
Dung Beetle Friendly Demonstration Farms across Glen Innes Severn LGA 2012/13 ($22,000)
This project will establish 4 demonstration farms in the Glen Innes Severn LGA to undertake monitoring and species identification of dung beetle populations. The project aims to ensure species survival and community awareness of the valuable role dung beetles play in resilient landscapes and farming enterprises. This sub catchment includes cropping and grazing enterprises, and it is vital to promote the relevance of dung beetles to both industries. Issues addressed include improving on-farm biodiversity, reducing threats to livestock health (buffalo fly) through increasing dung beetle populations and burial of stock dung, increasing landholder skills in dung beetle management and identification, thus improve soil health and soil carbon levels.
BRG CMA Sustainable Farming Practices – Healthy Soils ($6,680)
Promotion and facilitation of the Resource Consulting Services training workshop ‘Healthy Soils’ to improve knowledge and skills of land managers in natural resource management.
Community action to protect a regionally significant wildlife corridor in NE NSW 2012/13 ($12,100)
Land managers within a 100km uncleared regional wildlife corridor want biodiversity management information, skills and leadership to protect and improve the condition of this key native habitat. This project will foster community awareness and action to stop habitat degradation and protect local threatened species such as the koala, glossy black cockatoo, powerful owl and speckled warbler, across 11000 hectares centred on Rummerys Hill.
BRG CMA Sustainable Farming Practices - Landscan 2011/12 ($5,690)
Promotion and facilitation of the Landscan course, (5 x ½ sessions) to improve knowledge and skills of land managers in natural resource management.
Community action to improve water quality and riparian zone biodiversity, of upper catchment rivers in Glen Innes region. ($20,000)
This project will fence off the riverbanks on participating properties along Severn River, Beardy Waters and Rocky Creek, which are important upper catchment waterways of the Glen Innes region. Excluded stock will be provided with off stream watering points. Committee members and participating landholders will strengthen eroded riverbanks with rock aprons (layers of sized and graded rocks placed on a stream bank for erosion protection) and will clear weeds and revegetate with native plants and grasses. Outcomes will improve water quality in the catchment, support more sustainable farm practices, restore native species and linkages in remnant native vegetation corridors, and increase biodiversity.
Implementing Sustainable Land Management practices in the Glen Innes region 2009/13 ($146,275)
This project will provide opportunities through devolved grants for farmers to improve their knowledge and skills and encourage uptake of sustainable soil management practices in the Glen Innes region of NSW. The project will also provide the opportunity for on ground works to increase the amount of native vegetation in remnant vegetation corridors between NRS area and private land. The project objects for this project are; Increasing native habitat, Improving knowledge and skills of land managers and Increasing community knowledge and skills.
Develop eradication and control strategies for Coolatai and Whiskey Grass as emerging significant weeds in the Pinkett district. ($22,000)
This project will develop eradication and control strategies for coolatai grass and whisky grass weeds in the Pinkett District. These weeds have the potential to cause considerable damage by spreading downstream into adjoining farmland and wilderness areas, including the Guy Fawkes and Warra national parks. Trials will be conducted and the most effective control method put into practice on roadsides and private properties. A field day will raise awareness and showcase best management practices. Photo points will be used for project monitoring, and new outbreaks will be identified and controlled. Outcomes include re-establishing native ground cover and grasses, protection of agricultural land and native habitat, and improving pastureland.
Integrating river and land management plans along the Severn River in Nth NSW 2011/13 ($178,310)
GLENRAC and GWYMAC Landcare networks will work collaboratively to deliver this project to promote river health and that of the joining landscape to the Severn River running from the headwaters east of Glen Innes to the junction of the Severn and Beardy Rivers downstream of Ashford. This project will encompass developing a river reach plan to identify priorities along the river, incorporating existing property management plans and providing information and technical support of improved land management practices to increase soil carbon and reduce risk of soil loss through wind and water erosion.
Control of honey locust to increase biodiversity and enhance conservation values of Riparian zone Glen Innes Nth NSW. ($109,300)
This project seeks to control core infestations of honey locust on the Mann and Severn Rivers located near Glen Innes in northern NSW. The project will combine works on bath public and private land in a cooperative effort to control this weed over approx. 170km of river frontage. Honey locust has been identified as an emerging weed threat along both rivers and adjoing areas of the National Reserve System. Control activities will significantly improve the overall habitat of the threatened species that inhabit the local area and allow for regeneration of native flora species displaced by honey locust. Tthe Glen Innes area is the headwategrs for both the eastern and western flowing waters, control here will restrict its further spread downstream.
Mapping revegetation plantings in the Glen Innes district ($19,500)
This project will enable GLENRAC to create new maps of revegetation plantings conducted on private and public lands over the past twenty years of Landcare activities. The project will fund landholder training to use GPS equipment to map their own planting areas as well as stands of remanent vegetation they would like to create linkages to in the future. Data will be complied by GLENRAC staff in ArcView and will be used as a layer in prioritizing future revegetation projects to ensure maximum biodiversity benefits are achieved.
Community action to protect a regionally significant wildlife corridor NSW Yr 2 ($19,400)
'Property management for biodiversity' modules will be developed from a fauna survey of Rummerys Hill. Survey results will be presented at a community meeting and placed on the local Landcare web site. The management modules will provide best practice guidelines for invasive species management on 26 properties. These modules will be developed through a land managers' workshop targeting pest animals, woody weeds and grassy weeds that threaten local biodiversity. Modules will be placed on the local Landcare web site for use by other landowners. Two months later, managers will join a tag-along tour to inspect the new practises that are being implemented on various properties.
Pasture to Pocket training for young farmers around Glen Innes, Nth NSW ($16,300)
This project will provide funding for 20 young farmers to attend the Resource Consulting Services, Pasture to Pocket course. This course runs over 2.5 days and will be run locally in Glen Innes to make it accessible and relevant for local farmers. This training course focuses on the interconnectedness between soil, plants and animals and the surrounding practises which generate positive environmental outcomes for landholders and the catchment as a whole.
This project will target young landholders, under 45 years, and seeks to engage young farmers to increase skills and knowledge, create new networks between farmers and to increase participation of young people in Landcare activities in the Glen Innes district.