OHCG has recently completed phase 1 of the Regional Land Partnerships (RLP) project which aims to protect and conserve Australia’s water, soil, plants, animals and ecosystems, as well as support the productive and sustainable use of these valuable resources through fencing, re-vegetation and much more.
The project had 2 components:
$61,282 for the protection of threatened species, which targeted Malleefowl and Chuditch (Western Quoll) habitat on the southern boundary of the Stirling Ranges. On ground activities included 5 km’s fencing on private property to protect 145 Ha’s remnant bushland, 5 Ha’s of native revegetation to augment previously protected native bushland areas, and over 20 Ha’s of woody weeds controlled mainly on road verges. There was also a pest animal control component which took the form of a month long coordinated feral shoot in the Porongurup and Woogenellup districts. Landholders were paid a bounty for foxes and cats, with the final tally for the month being 101 foxes and 10 cats which was a great effort.
$35,232 for the protection of threatened ecological communities which targeted the coastal salt marsh areas in lower reaches of the King and Kalgan Rivers, and the foreshore of the Oyster Harbour. Funding was used to erect 2 km’s fencing to protect more than 20 Ha’s of coastal native vegetation, 2 Ha’s of degraded land will be revegetated, and more than 10 Ha’s of woody weeds were controlled with the assistance of a local volunteer weed action group.
Through implementing these 2 components we achieved some fantastic results, and we look forward to continuing to work together with landholders over the next 4 years.
Phase 2 of RLP has now begun with $130,000 available over the next 4 years for the protection of threatened species, which will target Chuditch and Western Ringtail Possum habitat on the northern boundary of the Porongurup National Park. On ground activities will include 15 km’s fencing to protect at least 150 Ha’s of remnant bushland on private property, and a minimum of 40 Ha’s of weed control. The group is also hoping to secure additional funding to continue with the coordinated feral animal control program.