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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

6 November 2001

$3.8 MILLION FOR CONSERVATION WORK IN TOP END


Strategic weed management has figured prominently in this year's Natural Heritage Trust grants for the Northern Territory.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill today announced $3.8 million funding for 63 projects across the Territory.

"These funds - allocated under the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust - will support a diverse range of on-ground works throughout the Top End," Senator Hill said.

Mimosa Pigra, Athel Pine, Olive Hymenachne, Parkinsonia and Barleria were among the weed species targeted under the funding.

"Weeds are among the greatest threats to environmental values and sustainable primary production. For the first time, Australian governments have agreed to a list of weeds of national importance and are focussing funding efforts to reduce or eradicate the most problematic species," Senator Hill said.

"The Commonwealth Government has also settled on an alert list for weeds that - if not addressed - will become of great significance in the future. They are also being tackled under Natural Heritage Trust projects."

Endangered species projects to win funding support include the Carpentaria Rock-rat, Gouldian Finch, Central Rock-rat and the Western Quoll.

Fencing of rivers in the Roper River region, swamp rehabilitation in the Todd and Charles River region, revegetation in the Barkly and Katherine regions, conserving biodiversity on the Tiwi Islands and better management of the Arafura Swamp are also projects benefiting from this year's grants. A conservation strategy is also to be developed for the Finke bioregion and further substantial sums will be invested in rabbit control to build on the benefits of calcivirus. Hill said a number of projects also supported the work of indigenous rangers and revegetation and landcare work around Aboriginal communities and outstations.

Tuesday, November 6, 2001

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NATURAL HERITAGE TRUST PROJECTS - Northern Territory (EA Programs) 2001 - 02

Mitchell Creek Catchment Vegetation Management Project
Organisation Palmerston Town Council
Project ID 13566 State ID 98001 C'wealth Funding $41,980
Program Bushcare Other Funding $114,700
  Total Funding $156,680
This is a collaborative project between the Palmerston Town Council and Greening Australia NT. The project aims to effectively manage the Mitchell Creek Catchment through the formation of a local Landcare group, sustainable management of remnant vegetation and the identification of suitable vegetation corridors.

Northern and Western Arafura Swamp Land Management Planning and Action
Organisation Ramingining Homelands Resource Centre
Project ID 13590 State ID 98025 C'wealth Funding $40,000
Program Bushcare Other Funding $67,800
  Total Funding $107,800
The project aims to maintain the quality of native vegetation and other natural resources in the northern & western two thirds of the Arafura swamp and surrounds through developing on ground action to deal with invasive threats.
The project will:
  • reduce the impact of uncontrolled wildfire by extending and enhancing traditional fire management practices;
  • undertake highly strategic weed control and eradication;
  • monitor the extent and impact of feral animals and implement strategic control;
  • provide sustainable action to develop and implement local and regional management plans for the entire swamp catchment;
  • integrate with, and complement, other natural resource management activities in the region by landowners and community organisations in collaboration with Government agencies and other stakeholders.

Integrated Vegetation Management Strategies for the Vernon Region
Organisation Vernon Region Vegetation Management Group
Project ID 13622 State ID 98070 C'wealth Funding $42,410
Program Bushcare Other Funding $136,600
  Total Funding $179,010
The project aims to integrate existing fire and weed management programs to: improve the condition and quality of vegetation; identify areas under threat; identify and bridge knowledge gaps and consolidate linkages across fire jurisdictions; and produce options for land managers, improved vegetation management practices, and local fire and vegetation action plans, through liaison with identified community groups and landholders.

Katherine Region Rangeland Revegetation Centre
Organisation Greening Australia (Northern Territory) Inc.
Project ID 13646 State ID 98100 C'wealth Funding $68,600
Program Bushcare Other Funding $98,982
  Total Funding $167,582
This is a collaborative project between Greening Australia, the NT Rural College and the CRC for Sustainable Development of Tropical Savannas. The projects aims to establish a lighthouse project in the rangelands to demonstrate large scale implementation of best practice revegetation and vegetation management of native pasture lands, focusing on the use of indigenous species.

Activities include: setting up a regional facility central to the NT semi arid tropic rangelands in the form of the Rangeland Revegetation Centre at the NT Rural College at Katherine; employ a rangeland revegetation coordinator to oversee operations of the centre; establish a regional native grass seedbank facility as part of the Centre; establish a series of rangeland revegetation sites on a variety of soil types on a number of properties throughout the region; develop and implement a research component to improve rangeland revegetation technologies; implement a technology transfer program to land managers in the region.


A Conservation Strategy for the Finke Bioregion, NT.
Organisation Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Project ID 20017 State ID 990006 C'wealth Funding $108,200
Program Bushcare Other Funding $116,600
  Total Funding $224,800
The Finke Bioregion has only 0.03% of its area under reservation and has been identified as one of the NT bioregions for which there is a paucity of biological information. Because of this informed decisions regarding the conservation value of any proportion of the bioregion cannot be made with any degree of certainty. The project aims to investigate the biological, cultural and recreation resources of the Finke Bioregion so as to allow strategic conservation planning to be undertaken.

Provenance Revegetation Project - Seedbank and Plant Distribution
Organisation Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation
Project ID 20023 State ID 990016 C'wealth Funding $29,150
Program Bushcare Other Funding $29,650
  Total Funding $58,800
This project provides support for revegetation and landcare activities in 36 Aboriginal communities and outstations in the Barkly region. It will address the current emphasis on planting exotic trees and a limited number of native species on Aboriginal communities and improve the environmental outcomes in our landcare and revegetation projects. With a strong focus on community capacity building this project will develop and implement best practices for seed collection and plant distribution and conduct education/training and public awareness activities. The seedbank will become an integral part of our land management strategy and will contribute to protecting local biodiversity in the Barkly region.

Protection and Restoration of Floodplain Vegetation on Aboriginal Lands of theTop End
Organisation Northern Land Council
Project ID 20025 State ID 990023 C'wealth Funding $14,220
Program Bushcare Other Funding $63,750
  Total Funding $77,970
The project will assist Aboriginal communities in the Top End to establish land management structures utilizing the Community Development Employment Program that will deal with a variety of land management issues on Aboriginal land including weeds, feral animals and changing fire regimes. Initially, the management of the rampant weed Mimosa pigra (mimosa) will be used to focus communities on the need to develop formal land management activities. The project enhances a five-year agreement between the Indigenous Land Council, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and Northern Land Council to manage mimosa on Aboriginal lands.

Bushcare Co-ordinator, Northern Region
Organisation Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Project ID 27999 State ID 200014 C'wealth Funding $58,000
Program Bushcare Other Funding $58,993
  Total Funding $116,993
This project will ensure a strategic and integrated approach to the implementation of Bushcare in the Northern Region of the NT through the employment of a dedicated officer. The project will ensure effective communication within the Bushcare Network and with other stakeholders; facilitate the development of high quality NHT projects; assist with policy formulation and direction of Bushcare at a national level to ensure its relevance to the NT and co-ordinate and collate information on the monitoring and evaluation of Bushcare projects.

Bushcare Coordinator, Southern Region
Organisation Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Project ID 28001 State ID 200047 C'wealth Funding $55,000
Program Bushcare Other Funding $54,100
  Total Funding $109,100
This project will ensure a strategic and integrated approach to the implementation of the Bushcare program in the Southern Region of the NT through the employment of a dedicated officer. The officer will assist with development of and provide assistance to Bushcare projects, participate in the OSS assessment process and monitor the progress of Bushcare projects. Effective networking at the national, Territory and local level will assist with information transfer and allow for relevant NT and local input into national and Territory vegetation management policy. In the long term, the development of conservation initiatives on private land will be encouraged.

Mulga woodland conservation using effluent irrigated firewood plantations in Central Australia
Organisation Tangentyere Council Inc.
Project ID 28009 State ID 200041 C'wealth Funding $43,400
Program Bushcare Other Funding $50,200
  Total Funding $93,600
The project addresses concerns about the pressure on mulga woodlands from firewood gathering around aboriginal communities in central Australia. Evidence suggests serious depletion of woodlands in some areas, especially around larger communities. Work will be in two areas: 1) surveying and assessing the woodlands and 2) advancing the use of effluent to irrigate firewood plantations. A key aspect of the project is consulting with and involving communities. Surveying woodlands will involve mapping, literature searches, interviews and on-ground inspections. Developing effluent irrigated plantations will involve reviewing existing and planned sewage systems on communities, reviewing and visiting existing plantations in the region and planning and establishing two trials at selected communities. The trials will test species, irrigation hardware and systems, effluent characteristics and suitability of systems for use in communities.

Direct seeding - provenance based revegetation program on aboriginal lands
Organisation Tangentyere Council Inc.
Project ID 28010 State ID 200042 C'wealth Funding $95,000
Program Bushcare Other Funding $125,100
  Total Funding $220,100
The project will apply the provenanced seed stock and technical resources of Tangentyere Seeds to establishing irrigated direct seeding plots in community areas. Trials will improve the quality and quantity of revegetation works in Aboriginal communities, addressing dust related health problems in particular. Results will be synthesised into an irrigated direct seeding manual for wide distribution in central Australia. The project will work with Aboriginal community groups, training people in best practice direct seeding. The project will also support essential expansion of Tangentyere Seeds, so that more revegetation projects can be supported with a greater diversity of provenanced seed and seedlings.

Tennant Creek Biodiversity Conservation Project
Organisation Tennant Creek Town Council
Project ID 28011 State ID 200036 C'wealth Funding $57,827
Program Bushcare Other Funding $59,436
  Total Funding $117,263
Human activities are adversely affecting natural resources in the Tennant Creek area and yet the extent and degree to which these impacts are leading to a decline in the quality of local biodiversity has not been assessed or documented. In this project the Tennant Creek Town Council and Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation will combine resources to prepare a 'Local Agenda 21' for the Tennant Creek area. It will involve consultation with all stakeholder groups to establish a vision and develop goals, priorities and actions that are locally appropriate. The aim is to empower the local community to manage natural resources at the local level and to incorporate sustainable natural resource management objectives in all future planning strategies. Other outputs of this project include developing and presenting education material, preparing information brochures, holding public information days (eg. Weed Week) and facilitating on ground bushcare activities with local school and community groups.

Maintenance of biodiversity values on the Tiwi Islands - Conservation planning integrated with forestry development
Organisation Tiwi Land Council
Project ID 28013 State ID 200028 C'wealth Funding $18,500
Program Bushcare Other Funding $58,770
  Total Funding $77,270
The Tiwi Land Council in partnership with Sylvatech is proposing large scale development of Acacia Plantations on the Tiwi Islands. We seek to integrate this development with conservation plan which, (1) Identifies the natural conservation values of the Tiwi Islands, (2) Minimises conflict between areas of high conservation value and sites selected for plantation, (3) Develops management guidelines for retained areas of high conservation value, and (4) Establishes an ongoing monitoring program to help tune management of the plantation industry.

Capacity Building for Conservation and Development, Gumardir Catchment, Western Arnhem Land
Organisation Demed Association Incorporated
Project ID 28021 State ID 200016 C'wealth Funding $31,400
Program Bushcare Other Funding $38,432
  Total Funding $69,832
In the first year the project will focus on bringing together traditional owners located at a number of West Arnhem Communities and technical personnel to conduct surveys across the catchment. This group will identify management needs and develop a whole of catchment strategic plan for meeting those needs. This plan will address: 1) landowners training needs; 2) logistic support for on-ground work from resource organisations and collaborating government bodies; 3) developing management practice using western and traditional Aboriginal systems. Subsequent years will focus on on-ground works and filling knowledge gaps while seeking land use options which enhance management capacity. Indigenous Protected Area declaration will be considered as an option.

Elliott Revegetation and Environmental Health Project
Organisation Elliot District Community Government Council
Project ID 28027 State ID 200002 C'wealth Funding $1,100
Program Bushcare Other Funding $4,100
  Total Funding $5,200
Through this project the Elliot Town Council and Gurungu Council Aboriginal Corporation hope to increase the presence of native vegetation in and around their living areas which will provide for the reduction of noise, wind and dust, environmental health issues effecting the North and South Camps. In addition the Elliot Town Council wishes to re-establish native vegetation on the Jim Rennie Memorial Reserve through control of buffel grass and regeneration and establishment of native grasses, trees and shrubs. These activities will also provide for skill development within the community.

The Aboriginal Landcare Education Program Environmental Health in Aboriginal Lands Assistance Scheme
Organisation Greening Australia N.T. Inc.
Project ID 28031 State ID 200031 C'wealth Funding $48,300
Program Bushcare Other Funding $54,500
  Total Funding $102,800
The project will support environmental health and land management projects on indigenous lands in the Top End through the provision of devolved grants. This process will allow a quick and flexible response to community needs. The Aboriginal Landcare Education Program (ALEP) will manage an assessment procedure to facilitate an efficient, effective and equitable allocation of grant funds for project operating costs and to employ local indigenous people as project leaders. These projects will be subject to a written agreement between the community group and ALEP including details of the plan, the community contribution, operating materials and evidence of project sustainability.

Barkly Region Native Vegetation Extension Program
Organisation Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation
Project ID 28033 State ID 200035 C'wealth Funding $95,000
Program Bushcare Other Funding $109,287
  Total Funding $204,287
This project provides operational funding support to focus extension efforts on the revegetation of cleared and degraded Aboriginal community lands. A key aim is to inform indigenous community members of the importance of revegetating community lands with native, provenance species.

Nature Conservation on private property
Organisation Litchfield Shire Council
Project ID 28035 State ID 200022 C'wealth Funding $66,700
Program Bushcare Other Funding $88,300
  Total Funding $155,000
Through cooperation with land holders, the project aims to extend nature conservation from parks and reserves to a landscape level and to establish corridors to enhance biodiversity. Effective management of vegetation and ecologically sustainable development on private property will be encouraged. The project will facilitate advice and training with the aim of improving the knowledge base, skills and capacity of land holders. It will assist in finding solutions to management problems that involve protection and enhancement of wildlife habitat without creating a burden on the land holders.

Land Management of Robinson River Community and Homelands
Organisation Mungoorbada Aboriginal Corporation
Project ID 28038 State ID 200007 C'wealth Funding $47,800
Program Bushcare Other Funding $79,400
  Total Funding $127,200
The Robinson River Community are in the process of developing their land management capacity across its 522,100 ha, known locally as the Garawa Aboriginal Land Trust. As part of a broadening landscape approach, the community want to reduce the impact of wildfires, fence off a riparian corridor along the Robinson River from stock damage, undertake strategic weed management, soil conservation works and revegetate areas around the community. Supporting this initiative are the Indigenous Land Management Facilitator (PWCNT), DPIF Weeds Officer, Bush Fire Council Officer, Bushcare Support Officer and Soil Conservation Officer (DLPE). Integral to this initiative is the community undertaking a series of participatory landuse planning workshops throughout 2000 to develop a long-term management plan for the Land Trust that reflects the aspirations of the Traditional Owners to manage their country.

Kulpitjata Land Management Plan
Organisation Mutitjulu Community Inc
Project ID 28039 State ID 200043 C'wealth Funding $46,800
Program Bushcare Other Funding $30,800
  Total Funding $77,600
This project aims to utilise traditional Anangu land management knowledge and that available from Western scientific sources to manage the Kulpitjata area of NT so as to improve the biodiversity values of the area and permit traditional hunting and gathering to continue in the area in a sustainable way. Biodiversity values will be enhanced through the fencing off and cleaning out of rock holes (re-establishing clean and accessible watering points for wildlife); erosion control works, and weed and vertebrate pest control programs (permitting natural regeneration and habitat protection) and the reintroduction of traditional burning regimes.

Mutitjulu Community : Rehabilitating and revegetating the Land Project
Organisation Mutitjulu Community Inc
Project ID 28040 State ID 200044 C'wealth Funding $24,330
Program Bushcare Other Funding $45,180
  Total Funding $69,510
Mutitjulu Community is situated at the base of Uluru in Uluru Kata Juta National Park. There is a fine balance between the ecology of this World Heritage Area and the needs of community members. This project will enhance the ability of these needs to be in harmony through strategic landscaping of particular sections of the community's perimeter and establishment of a nursery specialising in the propagation of bush tucker native to the area. The rehabilitation will involve landscaping, revegetation and restriction of access to the most seriously degraded areas on the perimeter of the community. Site works will include closing unnecessary access routes; control of erosion by landscaping; extensive replanting; rationalising and upgrading walking tracks; and development and implementation of strategies to manage weeds and rubbish.

ONLY ONE! Aboriginal women developing natural resource industries based on traditional knowledge
Organisation Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council Aboriginal Corp.
Project ID 28041 State ID 200045 C'wealth Funding $20,000
Program Bushcare Other Funding $26,000
  Total Funding $46,000
NPY Women's Council members are traditional Aboriginal women who hold an immense and unique knowledge of appropriate harvesting methods of natural resources in Central Australia. This project aims to develop this knowledge by (a) investigating the feasibility of establishing a long term ecologically and economically sustainable seed and bush food collective; (b) support capacity building in communities and complement activities in local Aboriginal nurseries by promoting a sustainable use of natural plants; (c) provide qualitative and quantitative information on harvesting methods and seed species in the region; and (d) facilitate the desire of women to improve their quality of life and to maintain and pass on knowledge of culturally appropriate land management practices through regular trips to country.

Re-establishing the native environment in the Casuarina Street Primary School vicinity, Katherine
Organisation Casuarina Street Primary School
Project ID 28046 State ID 200005 C'wealth Funding $2,100
Program Bushcare Other Funding $2,900
  Total Funding $5,000
Control erosion in a disturbed watercourse and associated stormwater outlets through reshaping the watercourse and revegetating it with short native perennial grasses. Control weed infestations on developed areas and where they are invading undisturbed bush through weed removal. Maintained native vegetation will then be re-established to prevent further weed invasion. Through removing weeds and re-establishing native vegetation, across bare area and within developed areas, encourage native fauna back into developed areas. Carry out Landcare education through getting the children to monitor and record the changes to the surrounding areas over following years. Create a demonstration site as to how disturbed watercourse and stormwater drains can be built and maintained in a more environmentally sound way.

NHT Administration, Assessment and Initial Evaluation [EA admin]
Organisation Department of Lands, Planning and Environment
Project ID 28438 State ID 97210 C'wealth Funding $61,600
Program Bushcare Other Funding $124,250
  Total Funding $185,850
Bushcare component of Natural Heritage Trust administrative support.

Intensive Fauna Survey to Rediscover Western Quoll with supporting programs
Organisation Ikuntji Community Council Inc
Project ID 31333 State ID 200157 C'wealth Funding $25,800
Program Bushcare Other Funding $32,000
  Total Funding $57,800
Aboriginal community members are adamant that Western Quolls, Dasyurus geoffroia, are present within the study area despite a complete lack of confirmed sightings or collected specimens from the Central Australian Region in the last fifty years. This quoll habitat is currently negatively affected by indiscriminate burning practices and the spread of the non-native buffle grass, Cenchrus ciliaris. The purposes of this project are to determine the range of the Western Quoll in the Mount Winter study area through trapping and other techniques and to improve and manage quoll habitat through fire management and weed eradication.

Assessing the Potential of Native Grass Species for Revegetation of Tropical Wetland Habitats
Organisation Northern Territory of Australia/ Department of Primary Industry & Fisheries
Project ID 31344 State ID 200144 C'wealth Funding $17,400
Program Bushcare Other Funding $48,900
  Total Funding $66,300
Following the control of weeds infestations in some areas, regeneration of native vegetation is often slow due to the competitive nature of weeds and to depleted soil seed banks. Consequently, there is a need for active revegetation by land managers. In tropical wetlands, however, little is known about revegetation using native grass species and seed is not commercially available. A key finding of the Environment Austrlai Mimosa Review Panel, was that there was an urgent need to investigate the use of native grasses for revegetation after mimosa control. Native grass revegetation is also a key element of the Mimosa Strategic Plan. The major objective are to identify the most efficient methods of seed collection, processing, and storage and to determine the germination characteristics of these species. In the longer term, this work is important to increase the use of native grasses and thereby increase land productivity and sustainability, and to enhance biodiversity.

Remote Area Landcare Knowledge and Skills Development
Organisation Tangentyere Council Inc.
Project ID 31347 State ID 200141 C'wealth Funding $97,950
Program Bushcare Other Funding $124,900
  Total Funding $222,850
This application requests an extension of the RALKSD project into a 3rd year. The main focus of the RALKSD is the training of young Aboriginal people as future land managers. An important part of this is facilitating the transfer of traditional ecological knowledge while at the same time exposing young people to western concepts of land management. It is envisaged that by the end of 2001 a significant number of young people will have taken part in training and education activities and through participatory planning processes, key land management issues will have been identified around 4 communities in central Australia. Additional funding for the RALKSD project will allow the continuation of education programs and further implementation of Action Plans for the management of threatened species of animals and plants, feral animals, weeds, fire and waterc holes in these areas. These programs will be developed in conjunction with Traditional Owners and schools, with input from relevant government and non-government organisation.

Nature Conservation on Private Land in Alice Springs
Organisation Alice Springs Town Council
Project ID 31348 State ID 200140 C'wealth Funding $85,490
Program Bushcare Other Funding $204,410
  Total Funding $289,900
This project will recognise and support private land conservation in Alice Springs municipality through the delivery of a pilot Land for Wildlife (LfW) program and providing assistance with binding voluntary conservation agreements. Properties registered under LfW or a binding conservation agreement will be eligible to access devolved grant funds to support on-ground biodiversity conservation activities. Workshops conducted on biodiversity conservation techniques, incentive mechanisms and native animal care will be available to private land holders and the public. A database will record all property details, registration rates, attitudinal survey results and will help to assess future and regional relevance of LfW in Central Australia.

Barkly Region Traditional Fire Management Program
Organisation Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation
Project ID 31349 State ID 200139 C'wealth Funding $14,810
Program Bushcare Other Funding $17,818
  Total Funding $32,628
This project will facilitate access to traditional lands by local indigenous landowners and enable them to manage these lands using traditional land management techniques and to share this knowledge with younger generations. Targeted and regulated burning will reduce the destructive potential of wild fires through reduced fuel loads. Appropriate burning practices will maintain amid promote the diversity of habitat types. This project should also ease the concerns of pastoralists regarding high fuel loads and the risk of wild fire from adjoining aboriginal properties and promote a cooperative attitude. This is a one year trial project which links to the NT Bushfire Council's regional fire management strategy.

Todd and Charles Rivers and Coolibah Swamp Rehabilitation
Organisation Greening Australia N.T. Inc.
Project ID 31350 State ID 200138 C'wealth Funding $74,950
Program Bushcare Other Funding $74,950
  Total Funding $149,900
Community, agencies and local government working together to address threats (hydrological changes, fire regimes, invasive species, poor management practices) to vegetation health and biodiversity in the Todd and Charles Rivers and Coolibah Swamp. This project consolidates and progresses community-supported on-ground work and strategic planning, previously initiated with NHT assistance, ensuring rehabilitation, site maintenance and institutional changes are sustained by the community.A project facilitator will mobilise in-kind support for on-ground work and ensure that programs and commitments are in place to maintain conservation of the ecological and cultural values of the Rivers and Swamp beyond the life of the grant.

Alice Springs Native Vegetation Management Program
Organisation Alice Springs Town Council
Project ID 31351 State ID 200137 C'wealth Funding $42,000
Program Bushcare Other Funding $138,800
  Total Funding $180,800
The project assists Alice Springs Town Council's commitment to achieving integrated and sustainable long term management of native vegetation in the municipality, implementing recommendations of the Remnant Vegetation Management Guidelines" and the "Alice Springs Town Council Strategic Urban Revegation Program". The project will ameliorate environmental and human threats to remnant native vegetation; re-establish native vegetation to strategically link and buffer remnants and enhance biodiversity; facilitate strategic and cooperative partnerships between community and agency land managers. Schools local Landcare Groups the Centralian College residents associations and landholders will be engaged in implementing the project."

Rangelands Rehabilitation - Paddy's Plain
Organisation Pantharpilenhe Community
Project ID 31355 State ID 200133 C'wealth Funding $24,300
Program Bushcare Other Funding $25,800
  Total Funding $50,100
Paddy's Palin is part of the Loves Creek Pastoral lease, which has been extensively over-grazed by cattle and feral horses. Consequently there are large areas of sheet and gully erosion. As part of the Central Land Councils continuing land management program, a workshop held with the Pantharpilenhe community and other stakeholders identified the need to focus on the rehabilitation of Paddy's Plain. This application represents the next step in a holistic land management plan to rehabilitate part of Australia's rangelands. The plan aims to reduce the total grazing pressure from cattle and feral horses, remediate soil erosion and restore the balance of native herbivoures. In the long term there actions will be complemented with the development of an appropriate fire regime.

Stock Exclusion Fencing Of The Hodgson River On Mt Mcminn Station
Organisation Roper River Landcare Group Inc.
Project ID 31358 State ID 200130 C'wealth Funding $47,800
Program Bushcare Other Funding $56,875
  Total Funding $104,675
This project will erect 42km of fencing to exclude livestock and feral animals from 25km of the Hodgson River. After the fence has been erected a feral animal eradication program will be undertaken, to remove existing feral animals. Two monitoring site will also be established to assist in the ongoing management of the site including feral animal control. As the site is currently free from weeds monitoring will be undertaken to ensure that this remains the case. Weed control work will be undertaken should it be required. A Voluntry Land Management Agreement will be signed by the landholders.

Biodiversity Management and Sustainable Pastoralism In The Roper River Catchment
Organisation Roper River Landcare Group Inc.
Project ID 31359 State ID 200129 C'wealth Funding $29,800
Program Bushcare Other Funding $82,900
  Total Funding $112,700
This project will investigate the biodiversity values of selected pastoral lease in the Roper River catchment. We will use this information to develop comprehensive management guidelines for the maintenance of biodiversity on the pastoral leases in the Roper River catchment. Our Landcare group members have been seeking for some time comprehensive management information to ensure the protection of biodiversity values on their properties and across the region, This project will give pastoralists the knowledge and skills to sustainably manage their properties into the long term. The information will also be used to develop a framework for biodiversity monitoring in pastoral leases in the Roper River Catchment. The outcomes will be , an effective systems for off-reserve conservation that safeguards regional biodiversity while maintaining pastoral productivity, and pastoralists with the knowledge and skills to implement these conservation practices. This project will also contribute to the effectiveness of existing NHT funded riparian fencing projects by contributing to the ongoing monitoring and management of these fenced areas and river corridors.

Exclusion Fencing Along Jalboi and Flying Fox Rivers Big River Station
Organisation Roper River Landcare Group Inc.
Project ID 31360 State ID 200128 C'wealth Funding $35,300
Program Bushcare Other Funding $42,375
  Total Funding $77,675
This project will erect 29km of fencing to exclude livestock and feral animals from 18km of the Jalboi River and 11km of the Flying Fox River. The project will include feral animal control after the completion of the fences. Two monitoring sites will also be established to assist in the on going management of the site including feral animal control. As the site is currently free from weeds monitoring will be undertaken to ensure that this remains the case. Weed control work will be undertaken should it be required. A Voluntary Land Management Agreement will be signed by the landholder.

Northern and Western Arafura Swamp Land Management Planning and Action
Organisation Ramingining Homelands Resource Centre
Project ID 31363 State ID 200123 C'wealth Funding $47,000
Program Bushcare Other Funding $82,600
  Total Funding $129,600
The Northern and Eastern Arafura Land Management project has been in operation now for over 3 years, giving the local indigenous people the ability to manage country both in traditional and western methods. Weed, feral animal and fire control have been priorities for this project as well as training, empowerment, cooperation with outside agencies and needs assessment on the homelands. Funding has been provided for the project by NHT, finishing in March of 2002. With the ongoing need for land management it is important that the community continues to access training, funding and continues its collaborative works so that land management can continue to benefit the land and its people. Included in the proposal is the fencing off of a rainforest area that has been traditionally used as a resting, eating area by local clans, but is now largely damaged by the presence of pigs and buffalo.

Aboriginal Vegetation Management for the Semi-Arid Tropics
Organisation Greening Australia (Northern Territory) Inc.
Project ID 31365 State ID 200121 C'wealth Funding $191,300
Program Bushcare Other Funding $199,000
  Total Funding $390,300
On ground land management and environmental health projects carried out by Aboriginal community groups in the semi-arid tropics of the Northern Territory will be supported. Support will be provided by the Aboriginal Landcare Education Program (ALEP) staff and via a devolved grants process. ALEP is a partnership between Greening Australia NT and the Northern Landcare Council. ALEP staff will coordinate the project including the assessment and implementation of the devolved grants. The assessment process will take into account local regional strategies, and projects will be established in partnership with the Aboriginal groups. ALEP has an excellent record of involving Aboriginal people in vegetation based land management initiatives and providing links to the wider land management community.

Site Protection of The Arafura Wetlands and Glyde River Inter Tidal Zone
Organisation Murwangi Community Aboriginal Corporation
Project ID 31366 State ID 200120 C'wealth Funding $47,900
Program Bushcare Other Funding $96,300
  Total Funding $144,200
This project has a number of objectives including: to exclude cattle from a sensitive heritage listed site, experiencing tidal extension and resultant saline intrusion; to undertake replacement planting of introduced pasture grasses and other invasive wetland weeds with native grass species such as Hymenachne acutigluma, Dicanthium fecundum/sericeum, Setaria apiculata; to undertake stabilisation of floodplain margins and river banks with native wetland tree species; to undertake community awareness raising activities and establish vehicle wash down areas to minimise the likelihood of further invasive weeds establishing themselves in the wetland; to establish a voluntary management agreement for the area; to work in partnership with the Ramingining Wanga Djakamirr rangers.

Barrah CDEP Ranger Program
Organisation Jibulwanagu Outstation Resources Association
Project ID 31367 State ID 200119 C'wealth Funding $88,300
Program Bushcare Other Funding $110,800
  Total Funding $199,100
This project will provide funding for the development of a land management function within the Barrah CDEP program. The project area incorporates Croker, and Golbourn Islands and the adjoining mainland, areas with high biological diversity but also containing active threatening processes like feral animals, weeds and wildfire. This project will initially implement the actions developed from a previously funded Bushcare project but also develop similar action plans for Goulbourn Islands and mainland outstation communities. The project will also explore opportunities for the development of small scale commercial activities to contribute to longer term funding to supplement CDEP wages.

Flying Fox Station Stock Exclusion Fencing of the Roper River
Organisation Roper River Landcare Group Inc.
Project ID 31369 State ID 200117 C'wealth Funding $15,140
Program Bushcare Other Funding $18,138
  Total Funding $33,278
This project will erect 12 km of fencing to exclude livestock and feral animals from the southern bank of the Roper River. The project will include feral animal control after the completion of the fences. A monitoring site will also be established to assist in the ongoing management of the site including feral animal control. Weed control work will be undertaken should it be required. A Voluntary Land Management Agreement will be signed by the landholder.

Kalano Revegetation and Sustainable Land Management
Organisation Kalano Community Association Inc
Project ID 31370 State ID 200116 C'wealth Funding $49,500
Program Bushcare Other Funding $58,100
  Total Funding $107,600
This project is aimed at maintaining momentum in Landcare activities in Kalano Community by implementing actions identified by the Draft Sustainable Land Management Strategy in particular focusing on vegetation management in association with existing and proposed sustainable agricultural activities. This project will provide for the completion of the Draft Sustainable Land Management Strategy as well as implementing revegetation of excess cleared land and incorporating green belts into the production systems which will act as fire and weed breaks as well as reducing herbicide and pesticide run off into the river corridor not to mention returning biodiversity to an agricultural system. The project will provide for training, education and awareness opportunities for existing Kalano Community members through the CDEP program. With the completion of the project the Kalano community will host a best practice site for revegetation and sustainable agriculture for other Aboriginal Communities in the Region wishing to establish a similar operation.

Land Management and Capacity Building of Traditional Owners of Wagiman Aboriginal Lands
Organisation Benung Aboriginal Association Inc
Project ID 31372 State ID 200114 C'wealth Funding $50,000
Program Bushcare Other Funding $87,200
  Total Funding $137,200
The Upper Daly Aboriginal Land Trust is a large area of land (4,493sq km) that is under utilised and lacking management. There has been little fire management, and no weed or feral animal monitoring or control. After participating in extensive planning workshops and visits to country last year, Traditional owners have renewed determination to build their capacity to manage their lands, in particular fire, feral animals and protection of native vegetation. They are setting up an Aboriginal Ranger Program to care for and manage the country and want to work with a local pastoralist and a safari operator to develop some business opportunities which would support their land management activities.

Natural Resource Strategy for the Coomalie Sub-Region
Organisation Coomalie Community Government Council
Project ID 31374 State ID 200111 C'wealth Funding $49,900
Program Bushcare Other Funding $53,500
  Total Funding $103,400
The Coomalie Sub-Region's natural resources is under increasing pressure from Development including subdivisions, and land clearance for horticulture, agriculture, agroforestry ,mining and water resources. In order for the Coomalie Community Government Council to feed in best practice planning that embraces the principals economically sustainable development to the NT Planning Scheme, as well as to effectively manage their own resources, it is essential that they establish a comprehensive environmental data base. The development of a Natural Resource Strategy will not only identify areas of significant vegetation and habitats but will also provide guidelines for the management of these areas. A comprehensive survey will be conducted of the area which will further the GIS data base. This data base will provide the council with a greater efficiency and understanding of natural resources in this region in order to assess potential environmental impacts of development and plan remedial works for existing problems.

Top End Nature Grants
Organisation Greening Australia (Northern Territory) Inc.
Project ID 31376 State ID 200109 C'wealth Funding $83,500
Program Bushcare Other Funding $100,600
  Total Funding $184,100
The Top End Nature Grant scheme has been designed to support community conservation projects in the Top End, north of Pine Creek. It has been primarily developed to enhance the capacity of community groups to undertake small scale on ground projects that, where possible, link with regional vegetation strategies and management plans. This scheme will coordinate 12 devolved grants to such groups. GANT, through a Steering Committee, will facilitate effective and equitable allocation of grant funds. A written agreement between the community group and GANT will include details of the plan, the community contribution, operating costs and evidence of project sustainability. On ground results will include the enhancement of native vegetation through better management regimes (including fire, weed and erosion management); increased vegetation of cover through revegetation works and enhanced capacity of communities to undertake on going management of native vegetation.

Coomalie Creek Revegetation and Wildlife Corridor
Organisation Exotic Timbers of Australia
Project ID 31377 State ID 200108 C'wealth Funding $8,800
Program Bushcare Other Funding $17,320
  Total Funding $26,120
This project at Batchelor Farm aims to revegetate the headwaters of an arm of Coomalie Creek and to provide a wildlife corridor which links to other community projects within the Batchelor township. It is planned where possible to incorporate threatened flora species from the Batchelor area as well as plants which are food sources for native animals. This site is located on an area which has been intensively farmed for many years and the current land holder, Exotic Timbers of Australia (ETA), is developing an agro-forestry venture which also includes some native species found in the Batchelor area. The creek line has been used as a dumping ground for discarded car bodies and farm machinery, and 90% of the vegetation has been removed from the creek. The company has recognised the value of re-establishing a native vegetation corridor which will link into adjoining areas also being re-established and/or maintained by the Batchelor Institute and the Batchelor Area School and other landholders. ETA is seeking assistance to utilise volunteer groups to undertake the labour intensive aspects of the project whilst supplying all materials and staff expertise to propagate and prepare plants for the project.

Protection of Valuable Rainforest Habitat - Blyth River Floodplain
Organisation Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation
Project ID 31382 State ID 200103 C'wealth Funding $15,600
Program Bushcare Other Funding $15,600
  Total Funding $31,200
A rare and valuable rainforest fringing the Blyth River floodplain has had no recruitment of new trees for around 20 years now due to high visitation levels from feral animals, particularly Buffalo. An agreement has been made with the landowners to help them preserve the valuable habitat. It is proposed that along with a feral animal reduction campaign and an ongoing management plan, an area be fenced to 100% protect it. The local land management organisation along with the Traditional Owners are eager to obtain funding to enable them to purchase the materials to construct the fence. Once in place it will be maintained and managed so that it can provide people from across the Top End with an example of the value of sensible resource and land management.

Central Rock-rat Interim Recovery Plan (implementation)
Organisation Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Project ID 18992 State ID 990007 C'wealth Funding $35,000
Program Endangered Species Program Other Funding $70,250
  Total Funding $105,250
Establish the extent of Central Rock-rat distribution, compile a comprehensive plant collection from central rock-rat sites and investigate the biology and ecology of this species. Establish the size of known sub-populations and monitor changes to the size of those sub-populations and establish the reasons for their initial decline. Implement a fire management strategy for rare and fire sensitive plants and fire shadow areas in known central rock-rat locations and investigate the need for predator control. Capture additional animals for the captive breeding program and maintain the captive population. Continue education and extension work and upgrade the Interim Recovery Plan to a full Recovery Plan.

Gouldian Finch Recovery Program (phase 2)
Organisation Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Project ID 20050 State ID 990061 C'wealth Funding $44,000
Program Endangered Species Program Other Funding $180,000
  Total Funding $224,000
Implementation of Gouldian Finch Recovery Plan which includes: strategic surveys of suitable habitat, the development of indices of population size, monitoring persistance at known sites, description of habitat at known sites in relation to diet and foraging ecology, determination of seed availability with season and fire regime, and the implementation of trial burning.

Implementation of the Carpentaria Rock-rat (Zyzomys palatalis) Recovery Plan
Organisation Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory
Project ID 28002 State ID 200050 C'wealth Funding $25,800
Program Endangered Species Program Other Funding $30,709
  Total Funding $56,509
Project seeks to protect known populations of the Carpentarian Rock Rat by excluding threatening processes of hot and frequent fires, cattle and feral cats. The project aims to develop a captive breeding program for the translocation of individuals into sites currently unpopulated by Carpentarian Rock-Rats.

Post-RCD rabbit control to benefit threatened species in the Finke Bioregion
Organisation Centralian Land Management Association
Project ID 28421 State ID C'wealth Funding $234,000
Program National Feral Animal Control Program (EA) Other Funding $69,000
  Total Funding $303,000
To remove rabbits from a portion of the Finke bioregion to allow for regeneration. of important habitat in the area (containing Marsupial Mole and Mulgara). Identify key habitat for conservation dependant species and monitor population trends of native fauna, particularly threatened species. A fox control program will be conducted in association with the rabbit control activities to avoid the risk of heightened predation pressure on native species. A second section of the Finke bioregion (the Finke floodout) will be assessed to determine the feasibility of rabbit control activities and the likely benefits for threatened species. A monitoring program will be re-commenced at two sites in central Australia to determine the impact of RCD. Rabbits in Peri-urban areas will be included in the project with advice provided on recommended treatments.

Biological control of Mimosa pigra and Integration with other control options
Organisation Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries
Project ID 12610 State ID C'wealth Funding $708,000
Program National Weeds Program (EA) Other Funding $933,502
  Total Funding $1,641,502
This project aims to further develop biological control agents for (Mimosa pigra) and its integration with other control options. It will aid in the introduction of agents identified as being damaging and specific to mimosa, and the establishment and integration of these agents. Research into biological control will consist of:quarantine studies; mass production and release of biological control agents across the areas infested with (Mimosa pigra); and the evaluation of their impact. To achieve this a study site has been established at a site on the Wagait Aboriginal Land Trust.

Eradication of Athel Pine from the Finke River
Organisation Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, NT
Project ID 34517 State ID C'wealth Funding $264,634
Program National Weeds Program (EA) Other Funding $264,634
  Total Funding $529,268
The Finke River Athel Pine infestation is the largest in Australia and has attracted a great deal of attention over the past ten years. To date the infestation has been reduced to approximately 200km of river however the recent floods have impacted on the success of the current program. This project seeks to build on the work already carried out so that the infestation can be brought to the point where it is within the capability of landholders to monitor. The project will implement primary control work and promote Athel Pine management with traditional owners/land managers. Treated areas will be monitored and, if necessary, follow up work will be undertaken.

Management of non-riverine Athel Pine occurrences
Organisation Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, NT
Project ID 34518 State ID C'wealth Funding $7,816
Program National Weeds Program (EA) Other Funding $72,107
  Total Funding $79,923
Athel Pine was initially introduced as a shade and shelter tree in central Australia and was planted as such at many homesteads and communities. It is from these plantings that the current infestations began and it is these infestations that this project seeks to address. As awareness of the negative impacts of Athel Pine has increased so has the number of people wishing to remove these outlying populations. However, due to the high cost of removal many communities and land managers are unable to carry out this work. This project will assist in the treatment of Athel Pine though the provision of an equipment and herbicide library" and the provision of on ground assistance."

Eradication of Olive Hymenachne from the North of the Arafura Swamp, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Organisation Murwangi Community Aboriginal Corporation
Project ID 34553 State ID C'wealth Funding $43,900
Program National Weeds Program (EA) Other Funding $39,400
  Total Funding $83,300
The aim of this component is to assist the Murwangi Community Aboriginal Corporation eradicate an outlying incursion of Olive Hymenachne in the north of the Arafura Swamp, Central Arnhem Land. The Arafura Wetlands and Surrounds are listed on the Register of the National Estate for their cultural values and their strikingly high conservation value. With the recognition of Hymenachne as a Weed of National Significance the Murwangi Committee has decided to take action to remove the infestation and plant native species in its place. Project outcomes include: Eradicate Hymenachne; protect important natural and cultural landscapes in tropical Australia; increase community awareness of weeds; improve capacity of community to manage weeds; and prevent spread of Hymenachne to other areas of Arnhem Land.

Control of Parkinsonia aculeata in the Sturt Creek catchment and Birrindudu lakes, Northern Territory
Organisation Victoria River District Conservation Association Inc.
Project ID 34657 State ID C'wealth Funding $82,900
Program National Weeds Program (EA) Other Funding $124,000
  Total Funding $206,900
Parkinsonia is a serious threat to the Sturt Creek and associated inland lakes. The Sturt is an inland flowing creek that floods out in Lake Gregory into Western Australia. This Lake and the Birrindudu lakes are a recognised valuable breeding area for many birds including migratory birds. They are recognised as lakes of national significance and listed in 'The Directory of Important Wetlands of Australia'. EA 3rd edition. The permanent waterholes are also valuable refuges for wildlife in a dry region. The parkinsonia infestations are currently at a level where eradication from the Northern Territory section of the catchment is feasible. This project aims to eliminate 95% of the Parkinsonia biomass in the first year, bringing it down to a controllable level for the VRDCA, DPIF and landholders and in doing so protecting the riparian/wetland system.

Barleria prionitis control in the Victoria River District, Northern Territory
Organisation Victoria River District Conservation Association Inc.
Project ID 34659 State ID C'wealth Funding $11,000
Program National Weeds Program (EA) Other Funding $7,545
  Total Funding $18,545
The Alert List Weed Barleria (Barleria prionitis) occurs on a section of the Victoria River on Victoria River Downs and is spreading. Recent control efforts and resources have not been enough to bring it under control and stop its spread. This project aims to reduce this weed to a very small level that can then be managed by the station and DPIF with a view to eradication. Further education and awareness will be done by DPIF. Control will be fluroxypyr herbicide applied directly to the barleria and by grubbing of plants in sensitive areas and creek banks. The operation will be supervised by the DPIF to ensure there is no damage to the environment. This is a prime opportunity to control this weed at its early stage of invasion.

Waterwatch Central Australia
Organisation Arid Lands Environment Centre Inc
Project ID 11956 State ID 97067 C'wealth Funding $27,000
Program Waterwatch Other Funding $38,818
  Total Funding $65,818
This project proposes funding for a part time Regional Waterwatch Coordinator in the Central Australia area. With the employment of the Regional Coordinator, this project encourages closer links between the community of the Alice Springs region, local government, private sector and natural resource managers to create an ownership and understanding of water quality problems and the need for broad scale environmental management. The continued employment of a Central Australia Waterwatch Coordinator will provide a mechanism to increase community awareness of water quality issues and encourage on-ground action and management plans to improve management of water resources.

NT Waterwatch Program Facilitation
Organisation Department of Lands, Planning and Environment
Project ID 12230 State ID 97200 C'wealth Funding $28,600
Program Waterwatch Other Funding $108,000
  Total Funding $136,600
The funding of this project will support statewide coordination of the Northern Territory Waterwatch program. The facilitation tasks will involve support for the regional and/or catchment Waterwatch coordinators. The project funding will provide training workshops, networking opportunities for regional coordinators, development of resources to assist regional coordinators and the production of promotional material.

Katherine Catchment Waterwatch Coordinator
Organisation NT - Department of Lands, Planning and Environment
Project ID 12232 State ID 97102 C'wealth Funding $23,000
Program Waterwatch Other Funding $35,659
  Total Funding $58,659
Continuing funding is sought for the Katherine Catchment Coordinator to further establish the Katherine Waterwatch Program. The coordinator will continue to facilitate, educate and promote Waterwatch activities within the region. The coordinator will continue the community based water quality monitoring program throughout the catchment which involves the community assessing water quality along the Katherine River and its tributaries.

Community Water Quality Monitoring Regional Co-ordinator Waterwatch/Gapuwu Mel'ngu Mala
Organisation Gapuwu Mel ngu Mala
Project ID 12235 State ID 97066 C'wealth Funding $28,000
Program Waterwatch Other Funding $42,762
  Total Funding $70,762
This project seeks to fund the employment of part-time regional coordinator to facilitate Waterwatch activities within the communities of Yirrkala and Nhulunbuy, aboriginal outstations and remote outlying areas including Elcho Island and Wessel Islands. Activities are proposed to cover educational, cultural and travel costs. The project also provides training and support for those community group members/volunteers involved in water quality monitoring.

Mary River and Adjacent Catchments Waterwatch Coordinator
Organisation Lower Mary River Landcare Group
Project ID 12236 State ID 97044 C'wealth Funding $12,000
Program Waterwatch Other Funding $30,500
  Total Funding $42,500
This project will support the employment of a part time Regional Waterwatch Coordinator to continue to coordinate the water quality monitoring program in the Mary River and adjacent catchments. The program is a community initiative and provides training and support for community members and education and awareness of water and catchment issues.

Adelaide River and Coomalie Waterwatch Catchment Coordinator
Organisation Adelaide River and Coomalie Region Landcare Group
Project ID 20073 State ID 990053 C'wealth Funding $10,000
Program Waterwatch Other Funding $16,160
  Total Funding $26,160
Continuing funding is sought for the Adelaide River and Coomalie Waterwatch Catchment Coordinator to further establish the Adelaide River and Commalie Waterwatch program. This program focusses on a community based water quality monitoring network for the Adelaide and Finnis River catchments.

Darwin Regional Waterwatch
Organisation Greening Australia (Northern Territory) Inc.
Project ID 28659 State ID C'wealth Funding $37,000
Program Waterwatch Other Funding $76,000
  Total Funding $113,000
To employ a regional Waterwatch coordinator for the Darwin/Litchfield Region, to provide support and seek opportunities for expanding the Waterwatch Program within the Darwin Harbour Catchment. The cities of Darwin, Palmerston and the rural residential areas within parts of Litchfield and Cox Peninsula lie within the catchment. The outcome of this position is to increase community involvement in water resource management through a network of community monitors and to increase participation in catchment management activities. In addition, community members will gain skills, knowledge and awareness about water quality and catchment management within their local catchment areas.
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