Over the last 12 months environmental repair work made possible through funding from the NSW Government has been occurring. Through The Northern Rivers CMA and The Land & Property Management Authority (LPMA) funds have been made available for creekbank restoration and Crown Lands.
If you take a walk through the Kyogle Recreation Area Reserve (take the path from the Information Centre across the bridge and follow path under the bridge and continue along path) you will follow Fawcetts Creek. For over ten years Northern Landcare Support Services, Kyogle Landcare Group and the Reserve Trust have been working away to reduce the weeds in the reserve. Many of the main weeds have now been controlled (Morning Glory, Balloon Vine, Madeira Vine, Camphor Laurel, Chinese Celtis, Honey Locust, Green Cestrum and Wandering Jew). Native plants are regenerating together with some targeted planting.
Over the last 12 months LPMA has provided through the Kyogle Council $5000 to undertake weed control work on Crown Lands.
At the Lookout the woody weeds were removed and the Greencorp Team have done a great job planting low growing native plants to minimise soil erosion and beautify the area.
The health of our environment is everyone’s responsibility. Please consider the type of plants and their ability to spread before planting and please take your garden clippings to the local waste facility for composting.
Please be advised that world champion surfer Layne Beachley is the Ambassador for a joint MobileMuster and Landcare Australia campaign to promote recycling mobile phones.
Money raised from this campaign will go to Landcare Australia to provide 25 x $2,000 grants for Coastcare, Landcare, Bushcare, Friend’s Of and Dunecare groups who are working on projects that will help regenerate Australia’s coastline.
Applications close at 5pm (EST), Friday 30th September, 2011. Criteria and application details are available on our web site www.landcareonline.com.au
The Kyogle Shire has cleaned up at the recent Northern Rivers Landcare Awards, held in Grafton on Friday April 1. Trevor and Kay Wilson from Dyrabba won the Northern Rivers Soil Health Award, gained 2nd place in the Landcare Primary Producer Award and also 3rd place in the Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices Award. Trevor and Kay have been leading the way in innovative land management with pasture management and increasing soil carbon.
Kyogle High school won first place in the School Education Award recognising the hard work of their students and teachers to improve their environment.
Our own Landcare Community Support Officer Bob Jarman was awarded 2nd place in the Local Landcare Facilitator/Coordinator Award. This award was recognition for the hundreds of workshops, field days and landholders he has supported over the years and the funding he has helped bring into the area for on-ground environmental works.
From Toonumbar we had Susan and Wayne Somerville that came 2nd in the Individual Landcarer Award category for their work in developing new techniques for large scale lantana control having treated 300 hectares of forest.
Don Durrant was awarded 3rd place in the Individual Landcarer Award for the restoration work on his rural holding of 300 ha near Kyogle that contains the most significant dry rainforest remnant in private ownership in NSW.
The Northern Rivers Catchment Action Plan (CAP) will soon be updated. This is your opportunity to participate in the planning process and help develop a new CAP that will set strategic direction for Natural Resource Management (NRM) in the Northern Rivers region for 2012–2022.
How can you be involved?
From mid-2011, the Northern Rivers CMA will be seeking community input into the development of the new CAP. There will be several opportunities to participate including online and written submissions and community workshops hosted by the Northern Rivers CMA Board. Information about these opportunities will be posted on the Northern Rivers CMA website as it becomes available.
• Go to www.northern.cma.nsw.gov.au
• Phone the Northern Rivers CMA on (02) 66420622
Accessing the current CAP
To download a copy of the current Northern Rivers Catchment Action Plan go to www.northern.cma.nsw.gov.au/region_catchment_action_plan.php
The Border Ranges 'Conservation Projects Map' is now on line, interactive and ready to have your conservation activities mapped on it. See it on the Border Ranges website: http://www.greateasternranges.org.au/border-ranges/resources/conservation-projects (you may need to refresh your page if the icons on the map are not appearing).
By populating the map we will tell a great story and hope to create a valuable resource for the Alliance and wider community. If you would like some help with this task please contact Emma and she will try and assist.