Native plant species suitable for planting on Blueberry farms

Native plants suitable for Blueberry Farms

This plant species list was a handout given out at the ‘Considerations for new blueberry farm set up’ field day held on the  2nd June 2017 at the Bennings Farm, Bucca. It provides a list of native plant species that are suitable for planting in riparian areas on farms or as buffers along farm edges.

Targeted Landcare 2016/2017

The Targeted Landcare Grants 2016/17 is supported by North Coast Local Land Services (NCLLS) through funding from the National Landcare Programme. The objective of Targeted Landcare is to enable the Landcare Networks to provide some incentive funds for restoration works on both private or public lands. Projects selected for Targeted Landcare funding are required to increase the extent of natural habitat – this can be done through planting, weed control or the promotion of natural regeneration by fencing off areas of remnant bush. Projects that increase the habitat of EPBC Act listed Threatened Ecological Communities (EEC) or protect threatened species are preferred by NCLLS. There is an obligation by the land owner to match the project funds and ensure that works are maintained for 5 years eg control weeds around revegetation. Project funds can be matched by the land holder through in-kind contributions of their work time such as hours spent planting or carrying out weed control.

There are currently 7 projects being funded in 2016/2017 in the Coffs Harbour area – 3 are on private land and 4 are on local Landcare sites:

Arrawarra – revegetation of coastal strip impacted on by east coast lows to protect Headland Brush Box Littoral Rainforest an (EEC).

Tree Fern Creek – weed control and revegetation along one of the significant creeks in Coffs Harbour.

Macauleys Headland – lantana control in a small gully to protect remnant littoral rainforest (EEC).

Sawtell – weed control and planting to protect remnant littoral rainforest (EEC).

Camphor laurel control along Bonville Creek – 2015/16 Targeted Landcare Round

Bonville property – camphor and other weed control and planting along Bonville Creek.

Mt Browne property – vegetation management plant and initial weed control.

Upper Coffs Creek property – fencing of creek to exclude stock, removal of camphors and revegetation.


This program is supported by:

ET – Environmental Education Grants 2017

The Environmental Education grants program is now open for Expressions of Interest. The closing date is 3pm Monday 10th April 2017.
The aim of the Environmental Education Grants Program is to support educational projects or programs that develop or widen the community’s knowledge of skills in, and commitment to, protecting the environment and promoting sustainable behaviour.
The Environmental Education application process has two stages: expression of interest, and then application by invitation only.
Click here to link to the Trust page for guidelines and application form.

Blueberry Industry Engagement Projects 2016/2017

Irrigation workshop on a local blueberry farm

Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare has been working with local blueberry farmers on small projects since 2010. This year, there are three different funding sources contributing to the program. These are as follows:

  • Ecological Sustainable Development- Blueberry Engagement Project

Value $ 30,000

Supported by North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from the National Landcare Program.

  • Incentives and training for environmental sustainability in horticulture

Value $25,000

Funded by Coffs Harbour City Council Environmental Levy

  • Local Blueberry Industry Market Segmentation Research to improve the targeting of Behaviour Change tools for Best Practice

Value $ 48,000

Funded by National Landcare Program – Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants

Simon Proust (right) consulting with blueberry grower

With the first two projects Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare is working together with Soil Conservation Consultant Simon Proust and local blueberry growers to develop and implement soil and water management plans for local blueberry farms as well as projects for the recycling of greenhouse irrigation water.



The third project, which is a research project, is led by Geoff Kane. Through interviews with key industry people and growers, he will group grower’s needs and requirements for training in such a way that future extension programs will:

  1.  better reach their targets and
  2.  address those issues that growers are concerned about in such a way that growers find it easier to participate.

This project is a partnership with the NSW Department of Primary Industry.

Project supporters and funding bodies:

Working on Country Together – Project Case Study

Project Period: January 2016 – May 2016

Funding body: North Coast Local Land Services

The issue

Our Local Aboriginal Land Council owns a number of bushland properties and the ‘Repair to Country’ team is the only mechanism by which they can manage those lands. Most of these lands have not been looked after for a very long time and the Land Council doesn’t have the funding or expertise to develop management plans or implement identified management actions.

The solution

We supported the development of management plans through a project with the Northern Rivers CMA and then gained funding from North Coast LLS to implement the management actions within the budget of the program. The team identified two properties owned by the Land Council at Mylestom in the Bellingen Shire as their preferred sites under this Program and a workplan was developed for these as well as a public reserve at Mylestom where the newly formed  Landcare Group  required some professional  support.

‘Repair to Country’ Team

The team carried out bush regeneration over 15 ha of coastal bushland including three Endangered Ecological Communities (Littoral Rainforest, Lowland Subtropical Rainforest and Swamp Sclerophyll Forest). They used canoes to access Tuckers Island in the Bellinger River with their tools and equipment and they established excellent relationships with the local landcarers.

The team now has boundary markers in place for the first time which show the four corners of their land which is adjacent to Bongil Bongil National Park at Mylestom. A training exercise in fox and dog control with NPWS pest manager Brad Nesbitt also encouraged them to closely engage with their land.

Interpretative sign

An interpretive sign about local aboriginal history was developed in consultation with local aboriginal people and the sign was installed at the public reserve at Mylestom. Local stories were told during a gathering at the reserve.

The impact

The greatest achievement in this project was the cross-fertilisation between local government areas, black and white communities, land tenures and Landcare networks.

This is just the beginning of hands-on ‘Engagement with Country’ for many local aboriginal people and the team of young bush regenerators is a small group. Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare is well placed to continue that engagement in the future as we have built good relationships over the past years.

Key facts

  • 1 cultural event, 25 attendants
  • 15 ha bush regeneration
  • 3 EEC’s
  • 1 media release
  • 120 trees planted
  • 4 aboriginal people emplo

Project Partners

Coffs Harbour District Local Land Council

Indian Myna Control Program

Indian Myna


Indian myna nesting in tree hollow

Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare is on the hunt for a very aggressive invader who is having a detrimental impact on some of our treasured locals. The Indian myna is a pest bird that was originally introduced to Australia from – you guessed it – India to control insects in crops. However Indian myna’s are able to adapt to a range of conditions and food sources and have become a huge problem across much of Australia including here on the Mid North Coast. They are posing a threat to our native birds and animals through their competition for nesting hollows in trees and their aggressive territorial behaviour. They displace native animals from their nests in tree hollows and can kill the chicks and eggs of native birds such as our beautiful Rosellas. They also leave an unsightly mess in areas where they roost such as under trees and in stables.

Eastern rosella – the trapping program is to protect these beautiful birds

Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare’s Indian Myna trapping program is aimed at reducing the population of these pesky birds in Coffs Harbour and to prevent them from spreading into other areas. Funding for the program is supported by from North Coast Local Land Services, through funding from the National Landcare Program and also from Coffs Harbour City Council.

Our Indian myna trapping program is supported by some very dedicated volunteer coordinators who take traps out to resident’s properties, show them how to set them up and provide tips on how to successfully capture mynas. They then return to pick up the traps and dispose of the birds humanely. In the last 6 months over 700 myna’s have been captured!

Coffs Harbour Landcare would like your help in stopping this invasion in your own backyard.

How you can help…….

  • If you have mynas frequenting your yard please contact Coffs Regional Landcare on 66511308 to take part in our trapping program.
  • Do not put out food for other birds if you see Mynas in your garden
  • Put pet food inside during the day
  • Block holes in roofs and eaves to prevent them nesting
  • Keep palms well trimmed as they also nest in dead fronds still on the tree.
  • Plant a wide range of local native plant species in your yard to attract a variety of birdlife without providing suitable habitat for Mynas
  • Let us know if you already have a trap – a couple of hundred have been distributed around the Coffs area in the last few years but we only know the whereabouts of a handful.

A cage full of trapped Indian myna birds

This program is supported by:

Supporting Community Action in the Coffs Harbour LGA

At the end of June 2018 Coffs Harbour City Council approved Environmental Levy funding to Coffs Harbour Landcare for the next 3 years. In acknowledgement of the vital role the work of Landcare volunteers play in the local environment, Council has taken our volunteer support project into its delivery program of Major Strategic Programs/Projects.
This funding allows our Landcare staff to continue to support volunteers, and provides funding for equipping volunteers with tools, PPE and training.
Each year the project provides funding for
–  The day-to-day volunteer and administrative support by Landcare officers;
–  The training of volunteers including targeted on-site training as well as first aid, chemcert etc.
–  Tools and materials such as hand tools, plants and herbicides for volunteers
–  Personal protective equipment such as insect shield coveralls, hats, sunscreen and first aid kits
–  Insurance
–  Bush regeneration contractor support to perform initial weed control/chemical spraying on sites heavily affected with  environmental weeds.

The project has enabled our volunteers to

  • maintain and enhance native vegetation condition
  • control threatening processes (eg. vine weeds) to protect and rehabilitate endangered and threatened species and ecosystems
  • increase habitat connectivity
  • reduce the impacts of environmental weeds
  • monitor and report new weed incursions
  • improve water quality by minimising riparian erosion and reducing nutrient inputs
  • raise awareness and educate the local community on their local environment

The Friends of Coffs Creek Landcare Group is a great example of what has been achieved under this project. This group works 3 days a week along 9 km of the Coffs Creek riparian zone. They carry out rehabilitation works on around 33 ha of remnant bushland providing approximately 3000 volunteer hours per year. This area is a very important asset to the Coffs Harbour community as it contains two endangered ecological communities and many threatened species can be observed along Coffs Creek including a breeding pair of Powerful Owls, breeding Ospreys and koalas. The Coffs Creek walk is a popular recreational facility for walkers and cyclists.

This project is funded by:

Jaliigirr Project

Jaliigirr Logo

The Jalligirr Biodiversity Alliance was formed in early 2012 and later in May, became formally a part of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative. Covering an area of 337,000 hectares with an altitudinal range of 1564 metres from the seaboard of Coffs Coast to the Dorrigo Plateau, the area is located in a tropical, subtropical, temperate convergence zone that encompasses 100 regional vegetation communities and so exhibits a unique diversity and complexity. This includes 102 threatened fauna species, 50 threatened flora species, 13 endangered ecological communities, and the World Heritage Gondwanna Rainforests of Australia. These ecological communities provide water supply, clean air, crop pollination, nutrient recycling, food, medicines, building materials and the regeneration of primary production soils, contributing billions of dollars to our local economy annually.

Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare is a partner in the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance, helping to support the voluntary contributions in order to create local and regional corridors in World Heritage areas, National Park Reserves and State Forests. These numerousLDavis.jpgcontributions reinforce ecosystem resilience for habitat and migratory routes for adapting species, improve and protect the biodiversity within these ecological communities and safeguard the vital benefits they provide to all life.

Partners of the Alliance include many local community and Aboriginal groups, individuals, government and non-government agencies, a public authority, and business and education institutions that have an active interest in the health of the environment.

The Great Eastern Ranges Initiative (GERI) is a strategic response to mitigate the potential impacts of climate change, invasive species, land clearing and other environmental changes on our richest biodiversity and the mountains that supply most of our population with clean water.

The Great Eastern Ranges initiative is based on connectivity conservation, an approach that recognises the need for ecological processes to operate over much greater scales than previously appreciated. By assessing these processes over multiple scales and harnessing the effort of many landholders and organisations to respond strategically, we create the best conditions to preserve, restore and build resilience in our environment.

The Alliance exists predominantly within the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Nation and recognises and appreciates the involvement and attachment of Aboriginal communities to landscape, as the Aboriginal People continue practices in natural resource management consistent with their cultural beliefs and custom.

The Alliance values Aboriginal cultural attachment to our landscapes and has embraced the Gumbaynggirr word for tree “Jaliigirr” to best describe our partnership.

By creating this Alliance, all our partners and their communities have the opportunity to work together at a landscape scale. This can better manage threats to our biodiversity; build and grow our abilities; conserve the health of our diverse communities; our businesses; and strengthen our communications. The Jaliigirr work will also contribute to the bigger national picture – the Great Eastern Ranges conservation corridor.

Recently the Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance won the 2016 Regional Sustainability Award at the NSW Green Globe Awards. The NSW Government’s Green Globe Awards celebrate excellence, success and innovation in environment and sustainability.  This award recognises the Alliance’s leadership action to protect and restore our natural landscapes, the connections made with partners and the community and the consequent achievements in improving local biodiversity.

Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance web page

Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance facebook page

Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance Youtube Channel

Jaliigirr Media Release