Nature protection plan for threatened flora and animals
TWEED Shire Council is joining with landholders to protect threatened flora and animals such as the koala, Albert's lyrebird and grey-headed flying fox.
The threatened species recovery project, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust with council support, will link floodplain vegetation with the Burringbar Range.
It also aims to protect the shire's endangered ecological communities, with the help of eight landholders overlooking eight properties, which cover 40ha, in the Burringbar Creek catchment.
The catchment is recognised in the border ranges rainforest biodiversity management plan as a priority area for conservation and protection.
The council's biodiversity project officer Michael Corke is confident the project will successfully empower landholders with crucial conservation skills.
"The project will strengthen landholder knowledge of threatened species habitat and give them skills to restore native vegetation," he said.
"A series of field events will showcase weed control techniques and various aspects of site rehabilitation, raising community awareness and knowledge of how effective weed control can be an important driver of threatened species conservation management."
Mr Corke said the project would bolster assistance from landholders and allow them to participate in threatened species conservation.
"Bushland in the project area contains threatened plant species such as crystal creek walnut, coolamon and yellow satinheart," he said.
"Iconic animal species such as the marbled frogmouth, koala, Albert's lyrebird and grey-headed flying fox are also known to occur.
"These species have restricted ranges and are susceptible to the impacts of threats such as habitat fragmentation and weed invasion, which limit their ability to forage for food, find shelter and secure breeding sites."
The council is partnering with the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, Tweed Landcare, Far North Coast Weeds, the Office of Environment and Heritage and bush regeneration contractors.
For more details, phone Mr Corke on 02 6670 2595.