The Targeted Landcare Grants 2017/18 is in its final year, supported by North Coast Local Land Services (NCLLS) through funding from the National Landcare Programme. The program enables the Landcare Networks to provide some incentive funds for restoration works on private or public lands. Projects selected for Targeted Landcare funding need 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. There is an obligation for the land owner to match the project funds in cash or in kind and ensure that works are maintained for 5 years, eg control weeds around revegetation.
This year, there are six projects in the Coffs Harbour region, five on private land and one on Crown Land:
– At what is known as “The Jungle” a remnant rainforest on the Orara River at Coramba, weed control will be undertaken to promote natural regeneration.
– At Mt Browne Road, weed control for forest regeneration continues from last year.
– At Bonville, weed work on the bank of Bonville Creek is consolidated after three years of work and tree planting.
– Also at Bonville and upstream along the same creek 120 trees will be planted.
– On Bruxner Park Road and at Korora Basin, old banana plantations are revegetated with native trees for biodiversity values and Koala habitat.