13078: Protecting Wellstead and Pallinup biodiversity from weed invasion

    The Wellstead-Pallinup area on the south-coast is one of the most biodiverse areas in Australia. It has a high level of endemism and supports many threatened species including Carnaby's black cockatoo, Malleefowl, Brush tail phascogale, and many plant species.

    Sydney golden wattle threatens these species by destroying breeding habitat and food sources. The highly invasive woody weed out-competes native species and its nitrogen-fixing roots create unfavourable soil conditions.

    This project complements the work of previous project 12120 by providing ongoing control and management of the wattle. Previously treated sites (500ha) will be followed-up and a further 200 hectares will be treated. 

    On-ground work for treatment activities are being supported by input from local landholders. The Wellstead Sydney golden wattle management plan is also near completion and the community is committed to reducing and ultimately removing the wattle from the area.

    Investment: $ 50 000
    Delivery organisation: Wellstead Community Resource Centre
    Project duration: January 2014 - December 2014
    Location: Properties throughout the Wellstead-Pallinup area
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