Environmental improvement works to seven locations in the Manning Valley will begin rolling out in the second half of this year, courtesy of a new Green Army project announced today by Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie.
The new projects will undertake habitat restoration and weed removal within seven important rainforest remnants in the Manning Valley and will be run by Conservation Volunteers Australia and sponsored by Greater Taree City Council.
Key restoration activities will include control of highly invasive weeds that threaten to overwhelm the remnants and re-planting of locally native rainforest plants in areas of need. Restoration at sites will include areas with the endangered ecological community of Lowland Subtropical Rainforest on Floodplains. The project will include educational opportunities for participants in bush regeneration, flora identification, plant propagation at the Council nursery in Taree, and working with community groups, such as Manning Landcare.
Project 1: Wingham Foreshore Reserve (9 hectares) – adjacent to Wingham Brush Nature Reserve. Accessed from Farquhar Street and Lobban Road, Wingham. An important lowland rainforest remnant requiring weed control and regeneration, linking Wingham Brush Nature Reserve to bushland remnants to the west. This is a location for community and education events.
Project 2: Andrews Reserve, Taree (2 hectares) – located at the western end of Edinburgh Drive, Taree. Important lowland rainforest regeneration site recovering from fully cleared condition. This site is requiring extensive weed control and planting for increased variety of tree species.
Project 3: Cedar Party Creek and Schoolhouse Gully, Wingham (4 hectares) – alluvial and riparian rainforest adjoining Cedar Party Creek and drainage lines. This site is accessed from numerous locations on Price Street and other streets in Wingham. It is the site of a multi-year regeneration project with Manning Landcare.
Project 4: Bayes Hill Reserve, Taree (3 hectare) – rainforest remnant vegetation requiring weed control of invasive vines.
Project 5: Manning Waters Reserve, Taree (10 hectares) – rainforest remnant vegetation requiring weed control of invasive vines and revegetation.
Project 6: Deans Creek Flora Reserve, Tinonee (2 hectares) – located off the Bucketts Way, north of the Deannes Creek Road turnoff. At this site, there will be weed control in Flooded Gum Forest.
Project 7: Wards Creek, Harrington (1.5 hectares) – subtropical and littoral rainforest vegetation accessed from Jabiru Drive, Harrington. This site is requiring weed control
“This project will benefit number of important local environmental and recreational areas in the region,’ Dr Gillespie said.
“During the next six months we will see first-hand the benefits and improvements made to our local environment through activities undertaken by the Green Army,” Dr Gillespie said.
“The 10 local participants involved in this project will not only be generating real environment and conservation benefits for our community, but they will be gaining valuable practical training and experience to help them prepare for the workforce or further training and improve their career opportunities.”
Right across Australia, the Green Army is making a real difference to the environment and local communities through projects such as restoring and protecting habitat, weeding, planting, cleaning up creeks and rivers and restoring cultural heritage places.
The Green Army is Australia’s largest-ever voluntary team supporting environmental action across the country.
Further opportunities to join a Green Army project can be found online at www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy.