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    14167: Wetland and biodiversity restoration in the forest to Stirlings- Gondwana Link - 2015

    Construction of islands and floodway to regulate water levels for waterbird habitat at Martagallup Swamp
    Construction of islands and floodway to regulate water levels for waterbird habitat at Martagallup Swamp

    The project is made up of five integrated parts that deliver significant biodiversity outcomes in the Wilson Inlet catchment area and the Cranbrook section of the Gondwana Link.

    Part 1 progressively controlled blackberry from over 50ha of riparian foreshore in the critically sensitive Denmark River water supply zone.

    Part 2 protected and regenerated 231ha of priority wetlands and foreshores through 11.7km of fencing, including 6.7km of fencing around wetland and foreshore bushland, on the Sandiland property in Tenterden.

    Part 3 preparation of site works and fencing for a major fauna enclosure project for Balijup Fauna Conservation Enclosure in Tenterden.

    Part 4 will deliver innovative water level control and bird habitat earthworks on the Martagallup Swamp.

    Part 5 installed 12 wallaby gates on fenced remnant bushland on farms in the Cranbrook Shire, assisting conservation of the endangered Brush Wallaby (Macropus irma).

    Investment: $ 45 000
    In-kind contribution: $ 239 880
    Delivery organisation: Green Skills
    Project duration: January 2015 - September 2015
    Location: Lower Great Southern Region, Western Australia

    Major project achievements

    In Project 1, the Blackberry control project monitored, mapped and controlled blackberry 48.5ha of riparian foreshore in the critically sensitive Denmark River water supply zone. This included 8ha of control works made up of 5.5ha of control work in the water supply zone, as well as an addition further 2.5 ha of infestations along the Denmark River foreshore adjacent to the WA College of Agriculture farm.

    Project 2, through fencing, protected 289 ha of priority wetlands and foreshores through 8.1  km of fencing on Geoffrey Sandiland property, Tenterden.   An further 5.1km of fencing was completed to protect 72.3 ha of bushland on the Slade farm west of Kendenup in the first six months of 2015.  In total 13.2 of fencing protected 361.3 ha of bushland and wetlands from stock grazing.

    Project 3 assisted with site works and fencing for a 4.3 km fence around the 111 ha Balijup Fauna Sanctuary Project, near Tenterden as part of a major fauna conservation project involving fox and cat eradication and re-introduction of Southern Brown Bandicoots into the enclosure.

    Project 4 completed innovative water level control and four bird habitat island earthworks on the Martagallup Swamp project on the Squire farm, adjacent to the West Plantagenet Pony Club. 700 native plants were established on the islands and adjoining foreshore area.

    Project 5 delivered and  strategically installed a further 12 Wallaby Gates on fenced remnant bushland on the Hitchins farm  next to the Stirling Range National Park in the Cranbrook Shire, assisting conservation of the predation-prone  Brush Wallaby (Macropus irma).

    Project partners

    South Coast NRM

    Lanholder Volunteers

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