AN ENVIRONMENTAL partnership designed to increase native flora and fauna numbers in the Northern Tablelands was one of three northern winners at this year’s NSW Landcare Awards.
The $2 million High Country Urban Biodiversity Project (HiCUB) took out the Partnerships with Landcare Award and involved Armidale Dumaresq, Guyra, Uralla and Walcha shire councils and Southern New England Landcare.
The Frog Dreaming project, an innovative educational tool, was also a winner, claiming the Junior Landcare Team Award at the Newcastle presentation this week.
The two-day storytelling event held near Uralla focuses on bringing primary and secondary school students together in a forum supported by the local natural resource management community.
The Mungindi-based Murries on Barwon (MoB) project won the Landcare Indigenous Innovation Award.
The project included the establishment of an 8km wildlife corridor which connects biodiversity from the Boomi River to the Barwon River on the Mungindi Local Aboriginal Land Council-owned property, Glanville.
Aboriginal trainees employed through the MoB project harvested and propagated local provenance native seed for revegetation of the corridor, erected fencing, and then strategically planted thousands of seedlings to create shelter and habitat for native species. Armidale Dumaresq Council director of public infrastructure David Steller said the three-year High Country Urban Biodiversity Project involved the councils, schools and community groups.
“We made a joint application to improve urban biodiversity within the town areas which were seen as being degraded because of urban development,” Mr Steller said.
In Armidale, the project included planting native trees and shrubs along Dumaresq Creek to create habitats for native animals.
“Since we’ve undertaken the three-year project we’ve found more wildlife like koalas venturing into these areas,” Mr Steller said.
“We’ve also seen an increase in the populations of the water dragons and microbats.”
Projects in other areas included the removal and euthanasia of Indian myna birds, the establishment of vegetation corridors and tackling erosion along rivers and creeks.