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    09056: Controlling priority invasive species in the South Coast region

    Century plants have formed thickets, out-competing native species at Israelite Bay. Courtesy Charlotte Powis, South Coast Natural Resource Management inc.
    Century plants have formed thickets, out-competing native species at Israelite Bay. Courtesy Charlotte Powis, South Coast Natural Resource Management inc.

    With the help of funding from the State NRM Program, South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. is working to alleviate the ongoing pressures of invasive species in the South Coast NRM region.

    This will be achieved by:

    • removing weeds in specified locations of cultural, biodiversity and historic significance which require immediate attention.
    • mapping and identification of weed infestations at Tingledale and Hay River for prioritisation of future works.
    • controlling wild dogs and foxes in the Esperance and Ravensthorpe regions.
    • engaging communities to map camel sightings so the extent and threat of feral camels in the region can be identified.
    • revegetating sites at Esperance and Bremer Bay using local species.
    Investment: $ 369 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 65 405
    Delivery organisation: South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.
    Project duration: June 2010 - September 2012
    Location: South Coast region

    Major project achievements

    • High priority invasive weeds were removed from 126 ha of bushland.
    • 15 Noongar people were engaged in weed control activities and increased their knowledge of weed control techniques through training and on-ground application of best practice control methods.
    • Best practice methods for the control of Victorian tea tree were refined.
    • A weed survey along the Hay River prioritising future weed control within the catchment was completed.
    • Signage and interpretation was established at three project sites to educate and engage the community.
    • The condition of Lake Pleasant View Reserve, Caper Arid National Park (Israelite Bay), Moir, Homestead, Kalgan River, Denmark River, and reserves and remnant vegetation in and around Bremer Bay and the Esperance foreshore have been improved.
    • A greater awareness of the camel problem in the Esperance sand plains and Mallee areas has been established with a plan developed for unforeseen incursions.
    • Management plan for knotweed in the Tingledale area completed.
    • Mapping and distribution data for weeds across the South Coast NRM region.
    • Greater engagement of community and landholders in the control of rabbits, foxes and cats.
    • 8000 fox and wild dog baits laid in the Esperance and Ravensthorpe pastoral regions.
    • Successful revegetation of previously weed infested areas of Israelite Bay and Moir Homestead (19 ha in total).

    Lessons Learnt

    • Thorough understanding of appropriate methods for removal and control of weeds is fundamental to meeting milestones and reducing project time.

    • Education to landholder, community members and indigenous always supports the success of a project.

    Project partners

    Shire of Esperance; Fitzgerald Biosphere Group; Esperance Weed Action Group; Denmark Weed Action Group; Shire of Ravensthorpe; South Coast NRM; Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee.

    More information

    South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. (08) 9845 8537 or info@southcoastnrm.com.au

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