Habitat Action Grant
Project on-ground start - April 2020
We were fortunate enough to secure a Department of Primary Industries Habitat Action Grant in late 2019.
We couldn't have achieved this without the support of the amazing people at OZfish unlimited Ballina.
The site for this grant covers approximately 5ha and includes approximately 800m of Emigrant creek riparian zone.
Also with the site is an amazing melaleuca wetland area which was quite heavily degraded due to unrestricted cattle access.
The first step in the project was to exclude cattle access which we did with the installation of an electric fence, this had an immediate effect and watching the wetland area in particular recover rapidly once the grazing pressure from the cattle was removed was an exciting process!
The riparian zone had immediate positive results also with the rapid return of the riparian grasses, reeds and sedges that the cattle had been eating and squashing for years.
There was a contractor engaged for the weed control and site planting prep work and we chose our friends at Bushland Restoration Services to undertake this work. Their years of experience and amazing knowledge were a great asset for the project.
The plan was to plant 4000 trees for the grant, of which 1500 would be wetland species of Broad leaf paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia) and Swamp oak (Casuarina glauca) around the margins of the wetland with the remaining being a diverse mix of local rainforest species.