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Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium

Thursday, 7th June 2012

Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium

The consortium of 22 partners had its fourth meeting in June to discuss details of how the working groups will progress works relating to identified fire related projects across northern NSW. Within the Consortium four working groups have been established focusing on Koala populations, Bell Miner Associated Dieback, Ecological burning constraints and the Eastern Bristlebird.

The working groups, each with their own priorities and objectives, bring in the expertise within the consortium to target these specific areas.

Many of the consortium partner organisations and working groups are submitting funding applications to implement the objectives of the consortium as a whole and more specifically of the working groups. The NCC was successful in an extension request to the NSW Environmental Trust to progress fire and biodiversity activities as part of the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium. The projects, to be completed by the end of 2012 will focus on Koalas in the Tweed and the endangered North Coast Emu population through Bundjalung.

The Eastern Bristle bird working group was successful with an Expression of Interest to the NSW Environmental Trust Research Fund and the full funding application has been submitted. 

The Tweed and Byron Councils, partners in the Koala Working Group, were successful with a Biodiversity Fund application to link core habitat for isolated Koala populations in both LGAs.  Fire management will focus on increasing community awareness of the consequences of unplanned fire on these populations.

For more information contact the consortium coordinator, Greg Banks on gbanks@nccnsw.org.au

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