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Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Hotspots fire and weed management project wrap-up

Friday, 10th February 2017

Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Hotspots fire and weed management project wrap-up

NCC has been working with the Greater Sydney Local Land Services as part of the Hotspots Fire Project and subsequently to undertake restoration works at priority properties seeking to address Bell Miner Associated Dieback (BMAD). Restoration interventions included the implementation of a staged program of bushland regeneration works and exploring the potential for the use of fire to restore habitat values.

Key project outcomes:

•             Community engagement increasing knowledge and experience with fire and weed management. The Hotspots workshop series attracted 23 local residents. Fire and weed management plans were developed for 18 properties, covering an area of 187 hectares, of which 91 hectares were native vegetation.

•             Multi-agency engagement, participation and delivery with nine partners involved; NCC, NSW Rural Fire Service, Greater Sydney LLS, NPWS, Hawkesbury City Council, the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, Hawkesbury Environment Network, Hawkesbury River County Council and Blue Tongue Ecosystems.

•             Blue Tongue Ecosystems ecological restoration team provided 675 hours of work across four properties, leading to 8.4 hectares of direct native vegetation enhancement/stabilisation. The lantana covering large areas, as well as 11 other significant weed species, were removed from the project sites. Property owners are continuing this work. Further monitoring with camera traps and Anabat bat detectors is scheduled for this year. Project benefits extend considerably beyond the immediate treatment zones, reducing the spread of weeds including lantana.

•             In the longer term, the project aims to reduce the impact of BMAD in the northwest foothills of the Blue Mountains by changing native vegetation cover at restoration sites.

Restoration funding is being provided by the Greater Sydney Local Land Services through the Australian Governments National Landcare Program.

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