10034: Southern Brook revitalisation: protecting and enhancing key tributaries and conservation assets in Southern Brook
Vegetation along Southern Brook is highly diverse and contains both rare and priority flora. The diversity of ecosystems around the waterway reflects the transitional vegetation of the Darling Scarp into the woodland and shrubland communities of the wheatbelt.
Local creeklines and the eastern branch of the Mortlock River also contribute to the diversity of the area. In addition, the Southern Brook catchment and surrounds have significant areas of granite formations, breakaways and hillsides, all of which support vegetation communities and important habitats.
With the help of State NRM Program funding, this project will enhance and protect the Southern Brook waterway, key tributaries and surrounding conservation assets through activities such as:
- fencing to exclude stock from riparian and remnant vegetation
- weeding the highly invasive waterway weed, spiny rush
- restoring riparian vegetation systems to replace spiny rush
- stabilising waterways to reduce erosion and silting, and improve water quality
- revegetating strategic areas to native vegetation systems to protect, enhance and buffer local remnants, and increase connectivity across the Southern Brook landscape
- monitoring and documenting local fauna using motion sensor cameras
- integrating pest control program using coordinated baiting, trapping and shooting methods.
|Investment:||$ 48 983|
|In-kind contribution:||$ 51 200|
|Delivery organisation:||The Southern Brook Catchment Group|
|Project duration:||July 2011 - December 2012|
|Location:||Southern Brook, 100 km east-north-east of Perth around Great Eastern Highway|
Major project achievements
Projects sites were selected and collaboration, communication and 'signing off' from landholders ensured success.
Weed control methodology of Juncus acutuswas improved as well as successful removal of the invasive species; weed spraying and hand pulling.
Feral animal control was successful and extra monitoring tactics (for native and feral) were put into place through installations of motion sensors.
Revegetation efforts, including 9.4km of fencing and seed collection, are key actions for revegetation projects.
- Although the purchase of a rotary hoe was unlike previous projects, it enables members to address large areas of Juncus.
- Unproductive, weed-ridden land should always be assessed for future or potential use.
Southern Brook Catchment Group; World Wildlife Fund; Greening Australia WA.