Wandiyali Banks to Bush Riparian Linkages

Riparian linkages project 2017-19

Funded by NSW Environmental Trust under the Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation program

NSW Environmental Trust

Summary

Riparian habitat restoration and ecological connectivity enhancement along Jerrabomberra Creek

Project period

2017-2019

Project status

In progress

Grant funding (ex GST)

Project funding (ex GST)

  Grant Cash In-kind Total
2017-18 $74,920 $11,200 $53,000 $139,120

* excludes GST

Program links

This project contributes to the following MCG programs

  • Ecological connectivity
  • Sustainable land management
  • Waterway health

Location

Project description

Molonglo Catchment Group has received funding from the NSW Environmental Trust under the Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation program to conduct riparian land restoration and ecological connectivity enhancement along Jerrabomberra Creek, Googong NSW.

The project will enhance the riparian corridor by excluding livestock, planting native riparian plant species to provide habitat for native fauna, improve habitat connectivity, reduce erosion and control invasive willows.

The project will result in increased fauna habitat including for threatened woodland birds, improved water quality due to a reduction in sediment entering the waterway and natural regeneration of native riparian vegetation due to the removal of invasive plants and livestock. The project will connect areas of existing high quality native vegetation to create a corridor of native vegetation providing habitat to fauna along Jerrabomberra Creek.

The project is a partnership between Molonglo Catchment Group, Wandiyali Restoration Trust, private landholders and Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council.

Landcare outputs

National Landcare ProgrammeMolonglo Catchment Group acknowledges the funding assistance provided through the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme Regional Investment Strategy, various ACT Government environment and heritage programs, and various NSW Government programs.

  2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 TOTAL

Revegetation

           
    • Plants       2850    
    • Hectares       5    

Weed management

           
    • Hectares       2    

Conservation grazing

           
    • Hectares protected       20    

Fencing

           
    • Kilometres       0.850    

Endangered species

The project is expanding and restoring box gum grassy woodlands (NSW and Commonwealth critically endangered).

Multiple threatened woodland birds occur at the site and will benefit from the project. These species are dependent on high quality woodland habitat containing native trees, shrubs, ground cover and fallen timber. The species include 

Scarlet robin (Petroica boodang) - NSW Vulnerable

Hooded robin (Melanodryas cucullata cucullata) - NSW Vulnerable

Diamond firetail (Stagonopleura guttata) - NSW Vulnerable

Gang-gang cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) - NSW Vulnerable

Glossy black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami) - NSW Vulnerable

Pink tailed worm lizard (Aprasia parapulchella - NSW and Commonwealth Vulnerable) occurs in proximity to areas targeted by this project and will benefit from improved habitat condition in the general area.

Project status and outcomes monitoring

The first year of project activities has occurred resulting in restoration of 3.3 km of Jerrabomberra Creek, protection of 20 hectares of woodland from livestock and revegetation of 5 hectares of riparian land by planting 2850 plants. These activities have resulted in increased wildlife habitat, improved ecological connectivity and allowed natural regeneration of woodlands. The project has provided an alternative source of water for livestock to offset the loss of the creek as a livestock water source due to fencing. 

Monitoring has shown an improvement in the ecological condition of riparian areas at the project site (using photo monitoring and the rapid assessment of riparian condition method). 

Before project, December 2015 with riparian willow infestation visible and lack of riparian vegetation

Before

After stage 1, April 2018 showing dead willows and growing mid and overstorey native riparian vegetation. 

After

The project will continue for one more year and undertake follow up on-ground activities to ensure long term outcomes. 

 

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