MEDIA RELEASE: Six Year Biodiversity funding project protecting our unique Coastal Reserves comes to an end

A biodiversity funding program which has provided $455,000 in funding to Council to protect and enhance some 111 hectares of unique coastal reserves from weed invasion ceased in June this year.

Council’s Green Space Coordinator and Noxious Weeds Inspector, Mr Tim Woodward said, “that the various endangered ecological communities including Themeda Grasslands on coastal seacliffs and headlands, Swamp Sclerophyll Forests on coastal floodplains, and a population of the recognised threatened species, Scented Acronychia have all been protected as a result of the projects six year funding program.  The Council managed or owned coastal reserve system in the Nambucca Shire is now in excellent condition as a result of the funding”.

“All mature stands of high priority weed species have been controlled within the project areas, including Bitou Bush, Lantana, Asparagus, Senna, Glory Lily, Broad Leaf Pepper Trees and various weedy grass species.  Council will provide ongoing follow-up control to ensure that weed seedlings cannot reach maturity, set seed and reinfest the areas treated as a result of the funding”, said Mr Woodward.

Signage has been installed at various locations to highlight the aims of the funding and educate the public on the importance of protecting our high value, unique coastal ecosystems.

Council Mayor, Rhonda Hoban said, “the works compliment the efforts of various dune care and bush care volunteer groups, who have assisted with the removal of weeds and rubbish from our natural bushland settings. The land that was once overrun with invasive weed species is now regenerating into a corridor of native coastal vegetation, which in turn provides native fauna habitat and food sources, effectively balancing our coastal ecosystems.”

For further information on the Biodiversity project or weed species please contact Council’s Green Space Coordinator, Mr Tim Woodward on 0417 271 378.

MICHAEL COULTER
GENERAL MANAGER

24 July 2017


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