Port Macquarie Landcare Group has secured funding of $250,000 to commence a 6-year project to rehabilitate Wrights and Yarranabee Creeks in urban Port Macquarie. This funding, together with over $800,000 in labour from Councils' two Bush Regeneration Teams and Landcare volunteers, will result in well over $1,000,000 dollars of additional investment in the environment in Port Macquarie over the coming years. We also anticipate that it will bring in new Landcare members as neighbours see work happening adjacent to their properties.

The project covers significant remnant forest corridors that survive on Yarranabee and Wrights creeks. They include three state and/or nationally threatened ecological communities that provide habitat to at least 11 threatened animals and two threatened plants. This biodiversity is currently threatened by weeds that also increase fire risk to these sensitive riparian areas. The project will control weeds from the top of each catchment, following Asset Protection Zone establishment by the Council. Landcarers will lead community groups and neighbours by coordinating contractors to regenerate these re-serves and their precious cargo.

Revegetation with fire-retardant rainforest species will seal edges, extend corridors and improve links. Connectivity will be improved, biodiversity and threatened species will benefit and ecosystem services will be enhanced. Macquarie Nature Reserve and Kooloonbung Creek will benefit from the reduction in weeds upstream from their valuable ecological systems.

These works cover 56ha, bringing the total area worked on to 80ha and substantially increasing Landcare's visibility. The funding is approved, the planning has been done down to "Start of Works" stage and we are ready to roll in August. Landcare will commence at Timber Ridge (T5) on the second Sunday of August and at Kennedy Drive (K7) on the third Sunday in August, making these regular monthly working bees for Rex's Sunday team. One week day a month will be allocated to the Pacific Drive site (P6), also commencing in August.

For more details of the ongoing work, refer to the Envirotrust Project History

Estelle Gough
6583 6508, 0432 141 605
nursery @ landcareportmac.com.au

Scope of the Project