Federal and Goonengerry Landcare groups have secured $200,000 in grants to improve, restore and protect the Byron Shire hinterland’s biodiversity values.
The grants are part of the NSW Environmental Trust’s Restoration and Rehabilitation program and will run for three years starting in September 2020.
Federal Landcare Group President James Mayson said that though the Goonengerry Landcare has had enormous success over decades of work with a multitude of grants, Federal Landcare is a newly formed entity. ‘This will be the first major grant in our own right.’
The main aim of both projects will be to use best practice bush regeneration to convert bushland dominated by noxious and environmental weeds to biodiverse, lowland subtropical rainforests.
‘A large part of Federal Landcare’s project involves tree plantings to enhance and increase critical koala habitat in and around Federal village, whilst also working to protect other threatened species in nearby corridors and waterways,’ said Mr Mayson.
Grants Project Manager for Goonengerry Landcare said some of the properties included in the Goonengerry Landcare project are cattle farms. ‘We are working with the owners to reduce the negative impacts of livestock on our fragile ecosystems and encourage regenerative agriculture.’
Mr Mayson sais both grants will work with local landholders and community properties over the term of the project and beyond and include partnering with Byron Shire Council and its North East Hinterland Restoration Project for further tree planting and awareness-raising events.
The grants include a series of workshops to engage and support the community in restoration projects.