Teaming up to fight bank erosion and weeds

Tweed Shire Council will work with participating private landowners to improve the health of the Rous River between Chillingham and Murwillumbah over the next three years, thanks to $100,000 in funding through the NSW Environmental Trust. 

The NSW Environmental Trust grant was announced last week by the Minister for Environment and Heritage, Mark Speakman and Member for Lismore, Thomas George. The grant will be matched by funds from Tweed Shire Council.

Rous_River_health_112517_640 Photo:  The health of the Rous River will be improved through a NSW Environmental Trust grant, matched by funding from Tweed Shire Council

Council Project Officer – Waterways, Matthew Bloor, said the Rous River has high conservation values and is located in a highly valuable agricultural landscape.  “Bank erosion and environmental weeds are having a big impact on the river but also threaten the values of adjacent land,” Mr Bloor said.

“In recognition of Council’s work with private landowners through its River Health Grants program, the NSW Environmental Trust has offered Council $100,000 to work with landowners to protect, restore and connect native riparian vegetation along the Rous River.”

Participating landowners will be eligible to receive assistance for stock fencing and watering infrastructure, weed control, bush regeneration, revegetation and bank erosion. Landowners will also receive management advice and restoration plans for their river bank based on current condition and use.

“Waterway health is directly related to the condition of banks and adjacent land. Landowners who take an active role in protecting the health of our waterways supply a vital service to the community and should be supported to do this.

“River Health Grants have supported around 160 landowners to improve over 65 kilometres of waterways in the Tweed Shire over the last 10 years. Council will match the Environmental Trust grant with $100,000 through this program to maximise the benefits this project will bring to the Rous River.”

Council to look into establishing a canoe trail along scenic Rous River

Council will also investigate establishing a canoe trail along the Rous River to promote the recreational use of the Rous River.

“Tidal reaches from Boat Harbour to Tumbulgum can be paddled year round.  Exploring our waterways in a canoe or kayak is a fun and healthy activity and great way to appreciate the unique environment of the Tweed Shire,” Mr Bloor said.

For more information contact Matthew Bloor, Project Officer – Waterways on (02) 6670 2580 or email mbloor@tweed.nsw.gov.au

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
Tuesday 31 May, 2016
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See also Big Volcano Visitor Guide / Volcano Towns / Murwillumbah and / Volcano Villages / Chillingham

Good news for Pottsville’s endangered koalas

A new koala project in the Pottsville Wetland will encourage community involvement to help protect and restore koala habitat.

A_koala_160834_640Photo: A koala in a newly planted tree shows how restoring koala habitat can help populations recover

The project will be funded by a grant of $99,283 over three years from the NSW Environmental Trust and a Tweed Shire Council cash and in-kind contribution of $170,000.

NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage, Mark Speakman announced the grant onsite at Pottsville on Monday 25th May.

The project aims to:

  • Increase primary koala habitat within and adjacent to the Pottsville Wetland
  • Reduce threats to koalas from domestic dogs
  • Reduce threats to other threatened fauna (such as ground nesting birds) from foxes and cats
  • Improve habitat condition and reduce weeds
  • Improve fire management
  • Involve the community and schools through koala conservation activities

Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, welcomed the funding.  “The Tweed Coast’s koala community was recently declared endangered by the NSW Scientific Committee, which just highlights the importance of projects such as this,” Ms Stinson said.

“Pottsville Wetland is a unique environmental asset at the back door of the Pottsville community that provides critical habitat for the declining Tweed Coast koala population,” Council’s Director Community and Natural Resources, Tracey Stinson, said.

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Photo: An aerial view of the Pottsville Wetland which provides critical habitat for the declining Tweed Coast koala population

“As part of this project, we will engage with the community and encourage the active involvement of neighbours of the Pottsville Wetland and the broader community, so we can work together to protect and enhance Pottsville Wetland and its koalas.”

“As a bonus, this project will also benefit a host of other threatened species and Endangered Ecological Communities at this site as well as complementing similar actions Council is undertaking across 268 hectares of its adjoining coastal koala reserve system at Pottsville,” she said.

This project will form part of the overall Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management to help the Tweed Coast koala population recover to more sustainable levels over the next 20 years. For more information see www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Koalas

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom
Thursday 26 May, 2016
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See also: Big Volcano Visitor Guide / Volcano Villages / Cabarita, Pottsville Beach & Hastings Point

Tweed Shire Sustainability and Environment E-Newsletter now available

Residents encouraged to subscribe online

Tweed Shire Council’s first Sustainability and Environment E-Newsletter is now available online, allowing residents of the Tweed to read more about what they like, when they like.

Sustainability-E-Newsletter_154007_640 Photo caption: Council’s Acting Director Community and Natural Resources, Jane Lofthouse, takes a look at the new Sustainability E-Newsletter that can be subscribed to or accessed online.

The Summer 2015 issue of the Sustainability e-newsletter was released in December 2015 and can now be found on Council’s website at www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/eNewsletters

Mayor of Tweed Councillor Katie Milne said the release of the first e-newsletter was another step on the path to spreading the word about sustainability and environmental stewardship.

“We are very lucky to live in the Tweed and what everybody loves about the region is its astounding environmental values,” Cr Milne said.

“The Tweed community is very savvy and understands the imperative and financial benefits of being sustainable, so it’s great that the Sustainability and Environment E-Newsletter is focused on providing our community with more information about ways residents can take action.

“As residents of the Tweed it is important we educate ourselves, and each other, to inspire local communities and agencies to preserve and enhance environmental values for the future.

“This first Sustainability and Environment issue contains many useful articles and stories including an extension of the Sustainable Agriculture survey, Murwillumbah’s new seed library, tips on recycling wrapping paper and products at Christmas, how to join the Backyard Habitat for Wildlife program and how Council has been saving on electricity throughout the year,” she said.

“The E-Newsletters will be a great read, inexpensive to produce and will provide a wide range of information about Council programs and services along with other information that will benefit the community.”

Tweed Shire Council aims to provide additional e-news in 2016 that will focus on and cover the areas of business, arts and culture, and Tweed Regional Aquatic Centres (TRAC).

To view the Summer 2015 Sustainability and Environment E-Newsletter or to subscribe, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/eNewsletters

Courtesy: Tweed Shire Council Newsroom, Tuesday 12 January 2016
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See also: Big Volcano > Environmental Organisations, > Education, Research and Training
and Big Volcano Ecotourism Resource Centre: Sustainable Design & Management

Shorebird protection campaign will target fox activity

A new campaign by Council and North Coast Local Land Services (NCLLS) will target foxes and work with local schools to protect shorebirds along the Tweed Coast.

Council and NCLLS will undertake fox control on Crown Land and Council-owned land along the coast between Kingscliff and Wooyung.  “Tweed Shire is home to a number of birds of high conservation value that nest on the ground, such as the Little Tern, the Beach Stone-curlew and the Pied Oystercatcher,” Council’s Pest Management Program Leader, Pam Gray, said.

"Shorebirds of the Tweed" signage at Chinderah Bay

 

Photo: “Shorebirds of the Tweed” signage at Chinderah Bay, by J. Palmer

“Introduced predators such as European foxes pose a significant threat to the successful breeding of shorebirds, because they feed on their eggs and chicks.”  Trained dogs will be used to locate fox dens in the targeted coastal areas and the dens will be fumigated to humanely euthanase the foxes.

The project to protect Tweed Coast shorebirds builds upon existing projects by Council, the NSW Environmental Trust and Birdlife Northern Rivers. Ms Gray said the fox control measures would be accompanied by a new education and awareness campaign about shorebird protection, focusing on schools in the area.

“We will provide education programs at two public schools on the Tweed Coast, to teach children about the shorebirds that call the Tweed home,” she said.

“The program will also raise awareness about the importance of protecting these shorebirds from the threats of predators and the potential impacts of people.  “School programs to educate young people are often one of the most effective way to spread the word about issues of animal conservation.”

For more information about the program, visit www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/BeachNestingBirds
or contact Pam Gray on (02) 6670 2400.

Originally published in Tweed Link Issue 906, 5 May 2015.