Projects current as of Spring 2016
Land for Wildlife - OPEN
Land for Wildlife is a voluntary property registration scheme that aims to assist landholders to maintain wildlife habitats on their land. Land for Wildlife is coordinated by the Community Environment Network in partnership with the NSW Government. Nambucca Valley Landcare is the regional Provider, operating throughout the Nambucca catchment area.
Registration is free and non‐binding. The good faith agreement between the Community Environment Network and landholders does not change the legal status of the properties, and information is confidential. Land for Wildlife is currently available in many local council areas throughout NSW, as well as many areas west of the dividing range.
Indian Myna control
The Indian Myna bird was introduced into Australia in the 1860's and has become a major pest animal. Indian Mynas are extremely aggressive, competing with native birds for food and habitat. They are also an agricultural pest, and cause damage to crops and infrastructure. Nambucca Valley Landcare, with support from the Nambucca Shire Council, support landholders to control Indian Myna through a trapping program, using specialised traps to humanely catch the birds. In the six months leading up to January 2019, 170 Indian Myna birds were trapped and disposed of though this program.
For further information about this program, please contact our Indian Myna Project Officer : Jeff Unwin on 6564 7862
Nambucca River restoration and rehabilitation
Nambucca Valley Landcare has implemeneted a number of highly successul river restoration and rehabilitation projects over the last two decades. As part of a long term strategy to support landholders in managing a legacy of environmental and productivity issues associated with the health and condition of the Nambucca River, Nambucca Valley Landcare has repaired over 50kms of river using bed controls and bank stabilisation structures, fencing riparians areas to prevent stock access, and revegatiation. These projects have increased water levels along the river, provided habitat for fish, birds and other native animals, and improved the amentity of the river, while protecting our valuable agriculture land from further erosion.
River reach plans
A key component of our river work has been the development of river reach plans to identifty the condition and function of the main tributaries of the Nambucca River. With support from landholders and government partners, we have succesfully mapped Missaboitti Reach, North Arm Reach and South Arm Reach. Click on the links to access the river reach plans.
The river reach plans identify priority areas and are used as a basis to apply for funding for restoration works. Nambucca Valley Landcare regularly seek funding opportunities, and this site will be updated when they become available.
Beyond funded works, Nambucca Valley Landcare are happy to provide advice and guidance for landholders interested in improving the condition of their stretch of the river.
Nambucca River Function and Water Protection
The Nambucca River Function and Water Protection Project is one of our current river restoration projects, and has been funded by North Coast Local Land Sevices. The aim of the project is to further develop a plan for the protection and restoration of stream bed and stream-banks in a critically important reach for the water supply of the Nambucca Valley. The project focuses on 40 km of the North Arm of the Nambucca River, representing 60 land owners.
Along with the reseach and planning phase, the project will implement activities as prioritised within the North Arm River Plan.
Bush Connect - Yarrahapinni to Killiekrankie
The Yarrahapinni to Killiekrankie (Y2K) Bush Connect Project is a major bushland connectivity project in priority locations across Hickeys Creek in Macleay Valley and Taylors Arm in Nambucca Valley. The Project is funded by the NSW Environmental Trust as part of the Bush Connect Program, which seeks to achieve long-term outcomes for the NSW environment within the Great Eastern Ranges corridor. The project is delivered through Macleay Landcare and Nambucca Valley Landcare, with support from Nambucca Shire Council, Kempsey Shire Council, Local Land Services, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and NSW Forest Corporation.
The Y2K Project aims to extend and improve the condition of native vegetation to connect Ngambaa Nature Reserve, Ingalba State Forest, Collombatti State Forest in the east, to New England National Park, Thumb Creek State Forest and Mistake State Forest in the west, further expanding the Great Eastern Ranges Corridor, which stretches 3,600 km from the Victorian Alps to the Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland.
Connectivity, or ‘corridors’ between native vegetation is vitally important for wildlife, as it allow animals to move between habitat areas. This movement is crucial to the long-term viability of wildlife populations, including for daily foraging in local patches, seasonal migrations, once-in-a-lifetime migration events to seek new territories, and multi-generational range shifts in response to climate change.
The Y2K project provides funding to landholders for revegetation, fencing, off-stream watering, environmental pest and weed management and related activities over a six years to increase the connectivity of important habitat for a number of threatened species and ecological communities.
Soil health and erosion control
North Coast Local Land Services, together with Nambucca Valley Landcare, are implementing a series of soil health and erosion control trials and field days. Our first focus is on macadamia farmers in the valley, with the project commencing late 2016.
Keep an eye out for more information on this project in the coming weeks.