15111: Post fire revegetation at the Quindanning Hall
During the Lower Hotham bushfires in February 2015, the
area around the Quindanning Hall was cleared of standing native
vegetation which was subsequently burnt. Weeds are now spreading
throughout the area. The hall committee see an opportunity to
revegetate the cleared area in year 1 and in year 2 to revegetate a
20 metre corridor down to and buffer (100 m wide in places) the
Williams River using local species. This grant application applies
to the year 1 revegetation.
Revegetating around the Quindanning Hall will add to creekline revegetation on the farming property to the west, which connects to the Williams River. In year two the revegetation north from the hall via the Shire's Reserve to the Williams River system will complete a terrestrial linkage to a meander in the well vegetated river, reduce the weed burden, improve habitat values and lower local water-tables (see landscape map).
The pools in the Williams River are significant to both Aboriginal and early settlers. Quindanning Hall is a stopping place for travellers and is the only public open space in Quindanning where it is suitable to provide a link from the river to public ground and hence create an educational trail.
Revegetation in the 20 metre buffer around the Quindanning Hall will follow the Building Protection Zone (BPZ) guidelines as described in FESA's information note. The rest of the area will be revegetated to create habitat and food for birds and animals and shelter for human beings.
Threats and long-term risks:
The area is currently covered in wild oats and other weeds which creates a fire hazard.
There are no native vegetation to prevent water and wind erosion, particularly in the event of storms.
What the project will do:
The project is bringing together the broader community, including the local government, community members, local Aboriginal elder, local contractors and engaging them in the planning, implementation and long term management of the site.
Engage and consult with the broader community as described above to create a detailed design
Map natural drainage, weeds and rabbits
Remove old tennis courts
Mark out revegetation sites
Rip revegetation areas
Create vehicle barrier fences
Spring weed control if necessary
Develop and install signage
Communicate through local newspapers and databases.
|Investment:||$ 15 000|
|In-kind contribution:||$ 9 470|
|Delivery organisation:||Quindanning Community Hall Incorporated|
|Project duration:||July 2016 - October 2017|
|Location:||Williams, Shire of|