BIODIVERSITY FUND ROUND ONE QLD

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BIODIVERSITY FUND ROUND ONE

QLD

Applicant Name

Project Title

Project Description


Funding Length
(years)


Funding Total ($)

AAK PUUL
NGANTAM LTD.

Enhancing
management of
Wik & Kugu
country
biodiversity

Management of Wik and Kugu

Country recommenced in 2010, through these efforts the
indigenous land holders have identified critical actions needed to ensure maintenance of
the regions significant biodiversity and are increasingly concerned that unless further
investment is made the
impacts of pigs, wild fire and weed infestations, the now
manageable impacts from these threats will lead to irreparable damage. This project will
enhance existing investment into this country by CFOC and Wild River Rangers program
and extend it a further

three years, ensuring that by project end traditional fire regimes
are dominant across the whole country, the feral pig population is regulated and removed
from highest value areas, and that existing parkinsonia

6


3,594,000

A.G GOODLAN
D &
S.J KAJEWSKI

Avocet Nature
Refuge: Protect,
restore & enhance
endangered
vegetation

This project will undertake fencing on "Boomerang" to protect remnant endangered
vegetation and facilitate appropriate management actions to help restore endangered
and

of
-
concern vegetation to provide vegetation linkages across a fragmented landscape
and buffer Avocet Nature Refuge, home to the Bridle Nail
-
tailed wallaby. Fencing will
allow greater control of grazing pressure, burning programs and weed control, improvi
ng
the health and resilience of both native remnant and regrowth vegetation.

1



38,300

AGFORCE
QUEENSLAND
INDUSTRIAL
UNION OF
EMPLOYERS

Increasing
biodiversity on a
Queensland
grazing property

Wetlands, riparian and remnant vegetation management actions will include the removal
of pests and weeds, and the establishment of Coolibah and Blue gum through
regeneration, plus examine grazing watering access. In addition grazing management
strategies w
ill change to reduce the impact of grazing on the wetlands and protect new
regeneration sites. Knowledge learnt will be shared with neighbouring properties through
field days and training sessions. The project work will enhance the habitat for bird
specie
s, mammals and reptiles which are protected by Federal and State legislation. The
project will be undertaken on 3,352 hectares (Ha) including 16km of Fitzroy River
frontage.

3


898,600

AUSTRALIAN
LANDCARE
MANAGEMENT
SYSTEM LTD.

Remov
ing
constraints to
improving
biodiversity
conservation

Improving biodiversity conservation is constrained by the lack of sustained, ecologically
coherent landscape based effort supported by mechanisms that enable market and other
drivers to recognise and r
eward superior performance. This project will trial reducing
these constraints though use across organisations of a whole
-
of
-
property landscape
-
linked and externally audited Certified Land Management (CLM) system.

3


285,000


2

AUSTRALIAN
RAINFOREST
CONSERVATION
SOCIETY INC

Springbrook
rescue rainforest
restoration

Springbrook Rescue is a long
-
term project that aims to restore and enhance critical
habitat and functional connectivity, lost over the last century, around the wet hea
rtland
of the Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage Area (GRWHA). Assisting natural
regeneration of canopy cover and key ecosystem functions catchment
-
wide will increase
carbon storage and resistance and resilience to climate change and other threatening
pr
ocesses. Using alternative stable state theory and wireless sensor networks to evaluate
regeneration strategies, the project breaks new ground on more cost
-
effective methods
for restoration of degraded lands. Eradicating new, forest replacing, shade
-
tolera
nt weeds
that threaten the World Heritage Area is an urgent priority.

3


270,000

AUSTRALIAN
RAINFOREST
FOUNDATION

The George
Mansford Reserve
rainforest
rehabilitation and
revegetation
project

This 3 year project will result in the
re vegetation of 26 hectares of lowland coastal
rainforest in the Daintree using locally endemic species. It will strengthen and extend
existing intact habitat for a number of conservation significant species found in the region
including the Southern Cas
sowary. Led by Australian Rainforest staff and supported by
regular volunteers, project activities to be undertaken include seed collection and
propagation, site preparation, planting and weed and pest animal control.

3


378,300

AUS
TRALIAN
WILDLIFE
CONSERVANCY

Restoration of wet
sclerophyll forests
and woodlands

Tall wet sclerophyll forests and woodlands occur along the margins of rainforests in the
Wet Tropics of north
-
east Australia. When regularly burnt, these forests are characte
rised
by a grassy understorey. The cessation of Aboriginal fire regimes has resulted in the
recruitment of rainforest plants and weeds to extensive areas of these forests,
suppressing the grassy understorey. These changes have degraded habitat for
endanger
ed fauna and threaten the persistence of the forest type, with adverse
consequences for biodiversity and carbon stocks. This project aims to restore the
structure and composition of wet sclerophyll forests by the restoration of fire regimes,
clearing and h
erbicide treatment, using methods developed in a pilot study.

6


309,800

B.M ALCORN & T.A
ALCORN

Restore and
improve
connectivity to
fragmented
remnant and
riparian
communities

This project will expand the extent of native habitats by implementing biodiverse
plantings to build landscape resilience and connectivity, revegetating and re
-
connecting
the landscape to an endangered regional ecosystem, by establishing a rabbit
-
proof,
fe
nced wildlife and riparian corridor to protect native plants, birds and animals from non
-
native threats from pests and weeds. Biodiversity and carbon value activities will include
the establishment of wildlife corridors of community
-
defining species, prov
iding habitat
for endangered species and building resilience through a better connected landscape. A
Property Management Plan will be developed and implemented to counter the risks of
fire and the threat and spread of invasive species.

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139,700


3

BALKANU CAPE
YORK
DEVELOPMENT
CORPORATION
PTY LTD

Improving
biodiversity
outcomes &
carbon reduction
through feral pig
abatement

There is approx 400,000 feral pigs roaming un
-
managed across the relatively intact central
Cape York landscape.

This project will support indigenous landholders currently
conducting feral pig abatement activities in this area significantly enhance, expand and
demonstrate improved biodiversity outcomes from pig abatement activities. This will be
achieved through pro
perty/landscape scale population, biodiversity monitoring &
operational advice/support. Provision of shared services and methodologies across
properties will enhance partnerships between these, enabling a move from localised to
landscape scale management
of the feral pig population & joint exploration of the
potential carbon income from feral pig management.

6


2,800,000

BALKANU CAPE
YORK
DEVELOPMENT
CORPORATION
PTY LTD

Developing a
Hopevale ranger
capability linking
biodiversity
priorities

The recently returned Hopevale DOGIT is surrounded by protected areas and itself boasts
70 REs. In house carbon and biodiversity credit research will inform activities and
opportunities. Initially the project seeks to reinstate and maintain biod
iversity expected
from reintroducing latent fire knowledge across the Hopevale DOGIT. This will be
monitored via a CSIRO partnership. The congress seeks to collaborate with numerous
entities to align management of the values between existing managed areas
. Fire is
recognised as a significant landscape scale biodiversity management tool in northern
Australia and with CSIRO providing robust theoretical and monitoring support will provide
the starting point for a management plan and ranger capability.

6



2,803,000

BAYSIDE CREEKS
CATCHMENT
GROUP
INCORPORATED

Protecting and
enhancing the
Lota Creek
biodiversity
corridor

The project is a long term collaborative initiative of Mookin
-
bah Bushcare

Group, Brisbane
City Council and the local community. It will protect and restore areas of bushland and
waterway corridors that have State, regional and local conservation significance within
the Lota Creek Catchment area. Lota Ck drains into Lota Ck es
tuary and then into Tingalpa
Ck, then directly into Waterloo Bay, a part of the Ramsar site of Moreton Bay.

6


218,000

BIOME 5 PTY LTD

Rainforest
restoration project
for biodiversity
recovery and
carbon
development

Sustained weed control, and tree growth and carbon monitoring for 16 ha established
rainforest reforestation plots, and 12 ha of new plantings. The first stage of reforestation,
in Jan 2011, was a planting of 27,000 seedlings of 25 native species. We need
funds to
complete weed control around the seedlings.


We plan to plant 13,000 more seedlings on 12 ha. Our goals are to reconnect two parts of
a large isolated remnant of highly fragmented endangered RE 7.8.4 forest, and to quantify
the long
-
term trade
-
of
fs among cost effectiveness, biodiversity recovery and carbon pool
development. We surveyed biodiversity and carbon pools before tree planting and
propose to track changes in these and forest structure for 20 years.

6


326,000


4

BUSH H
ERITAGE
AUSTRALIA

Yourka Station
Siam weed:
Exterminate in
critical and
containable sub
-
catchment

This project will expand and intensify the current control program for Siam weed within
two catchments of the Herbert River on the Bush Heritage Australia (BH
A) property of
Yourka Station, Queensland. Siam weed is a threat to biodiversity that could degrade the
values of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WHA). The infestation on Yourka is the
largest on the Tablelands, with control effort to date reducing t
he biomass, but not the
geographical spread, of the weed. The intention is to reduce the financial and ecological
costs of control in the long term by the medium term intensification of the control
program.

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443,300

CONDAMINE
CATCHMENT
NATURAL
RESOURCE
MANAGEMENT
CORPORATION
LIMITED

Targeting
restoration and
revegetation of
fragmented
riparian areas

The Killarney to Warwick reach is the Headwaters of the Murray
-
Darling and abuts the
World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests. .

The Condamine River and its tributaries is a
central support for biodiversity and provide a key to the connectivity across the
catchment. This zone also provides a potentially stable area in the face of climate change.
The project aims to focus on 200 h
a of priority areas (based on science knowledge),
revegetate breaks in this connectivity, increase the extent to recommended widths and
restore existing riparian vegetation. The combination of these activities will secure carbon
and help build the connecti
vity and resilience through biodiverse plantings.

3


348,000

CONDAMINE
CATCHMENT
NATURAL
RESOURCE
MANAGEMENT
CORPORATION
LIMITED

Capturing carbon
in Condamine:
Restoration and
revegetation of
fragmented areas

The Condamine catchment
is a fragmented landscape within a predominantly agricultural
and urban environment. The Condamine River and its tributaries is a central support for
biodiversity and provides a key to the connectivity across the catchment. This zone also
provides a potent
ially stable area in the face of climate change. The project aims to focus
on 450 ha of priority areas (based on science knowledge), revegetate breaks in this
connectivity, increase the extent to recommended widths and restore existing riparian
vegetation
. The combination of these activities will secure carbon and help build the
connectivity and resilience through biodiverse plantings.

3


681,000

CONDAMINE
CATCHMENT
NATURAL
RESOURCE
MANAGEMENT
CORPORATION
LIMITED

Revegetation for
biodiversity gains
across the
Condamine
catchment
landscape

The Condamine catchment has a history of agricultural development and ongoing and
future urban and mining development impacting on the health and function of the
landscape. The project aims to rev
egetate 180ha/yr to enhance the habitat values of
existing fragmented vegetation and restore (though threat management) 1860ha/yr of
the landscape around these plantings. Restoration activities will address weeds, pests and
fire threats at a landscape scal
e (2.5square km) in collaboration with the local community.
The result will be a significant improvement in landscape resilience to climate change
through the establishment of locally relevant biodiverse carbon stores.

6


2,898,000

DENNI
S SCHICK

Wattamurra Farm
wildlife corridor

The objective is to establish a wildlife corridor through the centre of the property, from
east to west. The site is on a steep incline not suitable for sustainable/profitable
agricultural utilisation. The project site was voluntary registered as a 'Lan
d for wildlife'
site on private land 12.1.2012, through the Queensland Murray Darling Committee. Also
installed 16 nesting boxes surrounding the homestead. See attached certification. The
property is mapped as 'farming' yet includes Box gum grassy woodla
nd (EPBC), it is
parallel to a council managed water reserve which is mapped as 'containing endangered &
of concern' , note RE12.8.16.

5


29,437


5

DESERT CHANNELS
QUEENSLAND
INCORPORATED

Protecting the
rangelands of
outback
Queenslan
d from
invasive cacti

This project provides information and onground eradication support for invasive cacti
infestations in Outback Queensland.


Invasive cacti have been identified by the Rangelands NRM Alliance as a major threat to
the future biodiversity

and sustainable production values of Australia’s rangelands.
Several species of invasive cacti (principally members of the Opuntia and Cylindropuntia)
have significant infestations at a number of sites in Outback Queensland. These weeds
have proved very d
ifficult and costly to control using chemicals, and currently few have
biological controls. The area currently infested is small, but landholders need substantial
support to achieve the goal of eradication of this threat.

5


1,080,000

DI
ANNA LEA
KIMBALL

Protection &
rehabilitation of
remnant
vegetation along
Widgee Creek

This project will result in the rehabilitation and protection of 4 hectares of degraded
conservation significant riparian vegetation along a 500m stretch of Widgee

Creek
including the re vegetation of a 1 hectare site along one of its tributaries. Riparian fencing
and an off stream watering point will be installed to allow for the exclusion of cattle
grazing. Lantana, privet and celtis will be controlled and 900 l
ocally endemic seedlings
will be planted to increase wildlife habitat, stem erosion and improve water quality runoff
from adjacent native pastures.

1


27,500

Djunbunji limited

Manage, protect
and enhance
existing
ecosystems in the
Yarrabah
Aboriginal Shire

Djunbunji Land & Sea Management Centre will undertake a range of NRM activities in the
WTWHA area of the Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire, an area of over 9000 hectares. The project
aims to develop baseline ecological information on the

area to assess environmental
threats and coordinate the efforts of a range of stakeholders (TO's, YASC, WTMA &
Terrain NRM) to protect biodiversity in threatened lowland rainforest communities by
implementing weed & feral animal control measures and enhan
cing native vegetation in
disturbed or degraded areas particularly with Southern Cassowary food plants.

3


218,988

FISHERIES
RESEARCH &
DEVELOPMENT
CORP

Revitalising
estuaries and
wetlands for
carbon storage,
biodiversity and
fisheries

Many of Australia's estuaries and wetlands have lost their ecological function to the
detriment of carbon sequestration, biodiversity and fisheries productivity. Biodiversity
Fund resources will undertake works in two case study areas
-

norther
n NSW floodplains
[Clarence River] and the Great Barrier Reef catchments [Burdekin Barrattas]. Partners will
be Fishing Industry Associations in NSW [Professional Fisherman's Association], Qld
[Seafood Industry Association], Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Authority, Fisheries R&D
Corporation, NRM groups and the community. Cash co
-
investment will build on these
case studies to collate information nationally that demonstrates the investment
opportunities and benefits for estuarine and wetland repair.

3



200,000


6

FITZROY BASIN
ASSOCIATION INC

Manage
ecosystem
services provided
by palm tree and
Robinson Creek
wetlands

The Palm Tree and Robinson Creek wetlands in the upper Dawson River catchment are
recognised as nationally signific
ant wetl
ands. The project will

• Undertake a rapid inventory of the wetlan
d values and ecosystem services

• Communicate

results to the local community

• Engage the local landholders in the development of a local mana
gement plan and
guidelines, and

• Deliver incen
tives to landholders to undertake prioritised restoration and protection
activities.


The project is a partnership between the Fitzroy Basin Association, the Upper Dawson
Branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia, SANTOS, Qld. Parks and Wil
dlife
Service and members of the Taroom community.

3


295,000

FITZROY BASIN
ASSOCIATION INC

Restoring habitat
and improving
resilience of the
bridled nailtail
wallaby

The project will improve the viability and resilience of the last wild population of the
endangered (NCA and EPBC) bridled nailtail wallaby by increasing the species’ area of
occupancy. This increase will be implemented by establishing habitat linkages and

corridors from Taunton National Park (Scientific) to adjacent remnant patches of Brigalow
ecological communities. These activities are inline with the species’ recovery plan and
Queensland’s wider connectivity and corridor strategy. Bridled nailtail habit
at created
during the project will also enhance carbon sequestration and increase the extent of the
endangered Brigalow ecological communities (EPBC).

6


1,150,000

G & L A CHILDS

Deepwater roost
sanctuary & sea
turtle rookery
rehabilitation
project

This project will result in the revegetation and stabilisation of a 2 ha foredune and turtle
rookery site located on a private property in central Queensland as well as the
rehabilitation of 20 ha of coastal riparian vegetation curre
ntly being severely impacted by
invasive weeds. The dune site is severely eroded and will be revegetated with locally
endemic species. The riparian vegetation communities on the property will be treated for
Lantana and areas cleared replanted, also with l
ocally endemic species.

3


81,500

GIRRINGUN
ABORIGINAL
CORPORATION

Girringun region
biodiversity
enhancement and
resilience for wet
and dry tropics

Coordinated targeted support for priority biodiversity resilience and enhancement
activities on Indigenous (private) and non
-
Indigenous (public and private) tenures within
the co
-
managed Girringun Region Indigenous Protected Area (declaration: June 2012).
Project activities maximise connectivity, biodiversity restoration and habitat
enhancement outcomes for targeted wetland, riparian, shrubby forest, shrubby woodland
and grassy woodland ecosystems on these lands. Project activities will enhance ecosystem
re
silience to climate change impacts anticipated to affect the region’s upland and coastal
areas. The project complements (without duplication) professional ecosystem services
delivery by the operational Girringun Rangers and IPA partners.

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2,725,500


7

GOONDIWINDI
BOTANIC
GARDENS INC

Biodiversity
enhancement and
capacity building
on Goondiwindi
Botanic Garden

The project involves:

a. The establishment of scientifically authentic plant communities throughout the Garden
by removal of inappro
priate ground cover and the planting of mid and under storey
species with the existing over storey, much of which

is approximately 20 years old;

b. Native seedling production for public use, with a grow tunnel constructed and
equipped in the existing secur
e compound for seedling propagation from

seeds collected
in the Garden;

c. Development of a multi
-
faceted education program to assist public and private land
managers with biodiversity enhancement.

5


128,000

GREENING
AUSTRALIA (QLD)

Building and
enhancing the
riparian zone of
the Bohle River in
Townsville

The Bohle River in Townsville has been heavily cleared in the past and is currently the
centre of major development. The past use of the land has seen 9 vegetation
communities becom
e fragmented with minimal native vegetation providing no
connectivity. Threats to the area are from evasive weeds, feral animals, erosion, increase
in the frequency and intensity of wildfires and illegal clearing of mangroves. The strategies
to overcome th
e threats include control of aquatic and terrestrial invasive weeds, seed
collection, revegetation, feral animal control and education and mentoring of the
community living adjacent to the area.

6


489,000

HILLGROVE
PASTORAL PTY LTD

Riparian
restoration and
management
project on the
Mitchell River

Hillgrove Pastoral proposes to erect a fence to exclude cattle along the southern side of
the Mitchell River through Bellevue and Nychum

Stations for a distance of 70 kilometres.
This will incorporate a riparian corridor connecting two bioregions, Einasleigh Uplands
and Gulf Plains. The southern side of the Mitchell River is the more populated with beef
cattle and a restriction of their m
ovement will set up a riparian zone that will flourish as a
natural corridor. The result will restore native vegetation, foster habitat enhancement for
birds and marsupials and achieve a well grassed zone to halt river bank erosion and
improve runoff wate
r quality entering the river.

6


438,600

KURANDA
ENVIROCARE INC

Connect the
Envirolink wildlife
corridor and
Fairyland link
wildlife corridor

This new project will revegetate and enhance biodiversity along the Barron River riparian
a
rea between Fairyland Wildlife Corridor (connecting to Barron Gorge National Park) and
Kuranda Envirolink Wildlife Corridor (connecting to Wet Tropics World Heritage Area).
Issues being addressed are: shrinking remnant forest due to fire incursion carried
by
exotic weeds (incl. Class 1, 2, and 3), lack of habitat connectivity for the endangered
Myola frog populations, other endangered species including southern cassowary, also soil
erosion and sediment reaching the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Weed removal an
d re
-
planting where required with local provenance seedlings will address these issues.

6


266,800

KYLIE MICHELLE
MALE

Enhanced
biodiversity and
landscape
resilience of
Mount Bucca:
Stage one

Mt Bucca is a

790 hectare property of high conservation value in the Wide Bay Burnett
region, in Queensland. This project will fund a range of onground works to protect and
enhance biodiversity values on Mt Bucca. It will provide for the implementation of habitat
reha
bilitation, revegetation, fencing, signage, fire management, vehicle management,
grazing management, seed collection and plant propagation, and instigation of land
stewardship program involving neighbouring landholders to create landscape resilience
and lo
ng term protection of biodiversity values of Mt Bucca.

3


316,500


8

MALENY DISTRICT
GREEN HILLS
FUND

Revegetate Obi
Obi Creek
providing
connectivity
between areas of
biodiversity

Obi Obi Creek is the main watercourse on the Maleny Plat
eau and a major tributary of the
iconic Mary River. The proposed revegetation site has, at present, no native riparian
cover. The site is the missing link for connecting significant corridors of remnant and
recently established vegetation, including endang
ered gallery rainforest RE 12.3.1 and
listed wetlands VMA REC 12.3.8. Green Hills will work collaboratively with Sunshine Coast
Council, Barung Landcare, Lake Baroon Catchment Care, SEQ Water, Unity Water and the
local community to fence, protect and reveg
etate this 6 ha of waterway habitat using
species consistent with those in the gallery rainforest.

3


175,000

Mark and Angela
McCAFFREY

Rainforest
corridor: Improve
habitat, store
carbon and create
climate resilience

Completion of a
200m wide rainforest corridor across degraded farmland to connect a
1000ha remnant to World Heritage Area forest. This corridor will allow arboreal mammals
and birds, many of which cannot traverse a landscape without a tree canopy, to move
freely to higher

altitude forest and cooler temperatures. This will be achieved by planting
native rainforest species, weed control and forest restoration.

6


179,700

MARY RIVER
CATCHMENT
COORDINATION
ASSOC INC

Restore riparian
resilience: Mary
Rive
r threatened
aquatic species
recovery plan

The Mary River Threatened Aquatic Species Recovery Plan has identified that riparian
rehabilitation is one of the most strategic actions that can be undertaken to protect and
restore high conservation values in th
e catchment. This project will establish biodiverse
plantings that restore high priority riparian zones and protect existing threatened species
habitat. By controlling invasive species, restoring riparian zone connectivity and condition
this project will
enhance riverine ecosystem function and increase resilience. The
Coordinator
-
General owns a high proportion of threatened species habitat, and their
partnership creates a unique and timely opportunity to establish a high conservation
value carbon sink at
the landscape scale.

6


2,445,000

MITCHELL &
DISTRICT
LANDCARE ASSOC
INCP

To build and
enhance
biodiversity and
native vegetation
in Brigalow
bioregion

Extensive clearing of native vegetation in Queensland’s Brigalow Bioregion for
grazing
land production has severely reduced biodiversity and carbon storage. Opportunities exist
for the strategic restoration of native woodlands through the management of remnant
and regrowth vegetation, to benefit biodiversity, grazing productivity and

carbon
sequestration.


This project will work with graziers in the Brigalow Bioregion to develop interlinked
property plans with the objective of restoring remnant and regrowth vegetation at the
landscape scale. An important component of the project will

be undertaking field
monitoring to record the response of biodiversity and grazing production values to
changed management of native vegetation.

6


590,400


9

MULGRAVE
LANDCARE AND
CATCHMENT
GROUP INC

Corridor
enhancement in
Mulgrave
c
atchment, Wet
Tropics

Fragmentation of riparian and wetland vegetation and near
-
threshold levels of invasive
weeds are limiting the critical
-
mass benefits and connectivity to existing World Heritage
Areas, of existing, relatively intact vegetation along th
e Mulgrave River, its tributaries and
wetlands. Over 6 years, biodiverse plantings in larger degraded areas, riparian gaps &
wetland fringes will be complimented by control of threatening hymenachne and pond
-
apple populations. Work will joint between 21 pr
ivate landholders and the Mulgrave
Landcare Group which has a high capacity and proven track
-
record for such work. This
group will use a combination of volunteer effort and a work / training unit composed of
trained staff and indigenous and other local you
th.

6


740,000

MUNGALLA
ABORIGINAL
CORPORATION
FOR BUSINESS

Restoration of a
biodiverse north
Queensland
coastal wetland

The Mungalla wetlands, which are adjacent to the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef
lagoon and the IUCN

listed Halifax Bay Wetlands National Park, have been degraded by
invasive plant species and human
-
induced changes to hydrological and nutrient regimes.
While biodiversity values have been compromised there is excellent capacity for
restoration. Through th
is project the Nywaigi Traditional Owners will recover these values
by re
-
establishing natural hydrological connections, revegetating riparian corridors and
wetland margins and managing the invasive plant species. These activities align with the
recently d
evised Mungalla Wetlands Management Strategy.

6


1,125,300

MYALL PARK
BOTANIC GARDEN
LIMITED

Habitat
enhancement of
Brigalow and Bull
Oak butterfly
refuge

Myall Park Botanic Garden (MPBG), a biodiversity refuge of national significance,
contains
valuable and disappearing critical habitat for many endangered species. To highlight the
assets of the Garden and preserve it for the long term, funding is sought to completely
eradicate our most threatening invasive weed, Bryophyllum delagoense (
Mother of
Millions or MOMs). Eradication of this weed will help protect, restore, and increase the
habitat for *Acacia harpophylla* Brigalow and *Allocasuarina luehmannii* Bull oak
invertebrates, especially two threatened butterfly species *Jalmenus eubulu
s* Western
Imperial Blue, and *Hypochrysops piceatus* Bulloak Jewel. The treated areas will be
revegetated to increase invertebrate species diversity

6


143,500

NORTHERN GULF
RESOURCE
MANAGEMENT
GROUP LTD

Building resilient
landscapes:
Maintaining &
enhancing
biodiversity values

The project will maintain & enhance the biodiversity values prioritised across 44
covenanted nature refuges in Northern Gulf/Cape York (1,392,262 ha) including areas
adjacent to national parks, WHA (W
et Tropics) & important wetlands (Northern Holroyd
Plains HCVAE). Each Nature Refuge will be assessed, issues & appropriate management
actions prioritised & funds allocated to manage issues according to priority. The major
issues to be addressed are pest
species (principally rubber vine & pigs), inappropriate fire
regimes resulting in wildfires, stock exclusion & rehabilitation of eroded areas along water
courses & unauthorised access. Funding will only be provided to landowners to manage
issues beyond “d
uty of care”.

6


2,095,000


10

NQ DRY TROPICS
LTD

Restoring riparian
vegetation leading
into the Ramsar
wetlands

This pilot project aims to improve the landholders

commitment to improving riparian
vegetation along the recognised priority waterways leading into the Ramsar wetlands of
Bowling Green Bay. NQDT has established long term relationships with intensive
agriculture land managers along these waterways includin
g the establishment of long
term agreements to manage pest plants and animals. Whilst this is the case, much of the
riparian vegetation is in a poor state or in some instances non existent contributing to the
decline of connectivity and ecosystem function

and services. Other issues addressed
include: sedimentation of the GBR lagoon, decline of local biodiversity, aquatic weeds and
water quality.

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77,500

PIONEER
CATCHMENT &
LANDCARE GROUP
INC

The rehabilitation
of Reliance Creek
p
alm vine forest

This project aims to extensively reduce Cat’s Claw Creeper (Macfadyena unguis
-
cati) &
eradicate Hymenachne (Hymenachne amplexicaulis) in Reliance Creek National Park &
adjoining properties, with revegetation, monitoring & control to ensure
long
-
term
outcomes.


Reliance Creek National Park and adjoining properties contain approx 34ha of endangered
palm
-
dominated lowland rainforest (RE’s 8.3.1, 8.3.5). Cat’s Claw Creeper is prevalent,
taking over the canopy. Hymenachne infestations are spo
radic but persistent, preventing
natural recruitment. Pioneer Catchment & Landcare Group Inc will work collaboratively
with local government representatives, adjacent landholders & National Park managers
and assist them with advice & on
-
ground support.

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92,600

PJ & CE EMMS

Donoghy’s wildlife
corridor and
Barrine Park
Nature Refuge
expansion

CedarVale adjoins Donoghy’s

Wildlife Corridor and Barrine Park Nature Refuge Expansion.
It is nestled in between two World Heritage listed environments of Lake Barrine and
Gadgarra Rainforests. Revegetation of 10 hectares of significant upland rainforest will link
to the remnant r
ainforest of Barrine Park Nature Refuge and Donoghy's Wildlife Corridor.
The project will address landslides and erosion which may cause pollution to Toohey's
Creek. Revegetation of the Springs will protect the water quality, and wildlife will return.

Fence off and remove cattle from the Springs and eroded areas to allow for rainforest
regeneration.

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254,000

QUEENSLAND
MURRAY
-
DARLING
COMMITTEE INC.

Landscape fire
planning for
Poplar Box grassy
woodlands

Establish demonstration
sites and property plans for the implementation of landscape
scale fire management best practices in the Queensland Murray Darling Basin (QMDB).
The demonstration sites and plans will highlight key principles regarding the application of
fire in fire depen
dent vegetation communities of the QMDB for:

-

the management and enhancement of biodiverse carbon stores;

-

reduction in greenhouse gas emissions;

-

improvements in soil carbon storage, land and vegetation condition, and biodiversity
outcomes.


Responses
of specific vegetation communities to fire events will inform a number of case
studies, as well as assist in building Grazing Land Management best practice
recommendations for fire in the QMDB.

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695,000


11

R.W ROWLINGS &
V.M ROWLINGS

Restoration of
steep, cleared
grazing land to
original vegetation

This land was cleared early last century for grazing but has since been invaded by woody
weeds , suffered landslips ,and has no natural regeneration of trees. The land was
originally vine sc
rub on basalt .


The project would clear the woody weed (Lantana camara) with machinery where
possible, spray regrowth , and then establish suitable trees and shrubs to stabilize the
slope and provide weed competition. The area would be fenced off to cont
rol grazing
during establishment and later when trees are established to reduce grass volume as a
fire management measure.

3


16,500

RAINFOREST
RESCUE

Daintree
Rainforest carbon
biosequestration
project

Rainforest Rescue is restori
ng 27.6ha of World Heritage valued rainforest at Lot 46 Cape
Tribulation Road in the Daintree lowlands. A total of 89,556 trees will be established in
the next 3 years; 30,600 through revegetation and 58,956 through facilitation of natural
regeneration. Th
is project will restore the ecological integrity of native ecosystems,
increase species diversity, reduce rainforest fragmentation, provide habitat connectivity
for endangered species including the Southern Cassowary, reduce the impact of invasive
weeds, a
nd mitigate the effects of climate change by sequestering carbon from the
atmosphere.

3


482,000

Robert Griffiths

Wilkesdale
learning centre
creek flat
regeneration

This project aims to establish and to expand a regionally appropriate mixed
-
species
planting of native flora and to restore and enhance degraded regional ecosystems within
the riparian zone. The property is located within the South Burnett district which i
s
regionally identified as a highly fragmented landscape and is within the Burnett River
catchment area.


Minor Issues we face are


Surface water/fertility runoff ....addressed by some minor swaling

Weed control......... addressed by good mulching and m
anual techniques

Fire management....... Fire management Plan including a rapid response team, firebreaks
and a fire fighting plant {doubles as a watering facility]

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25,900

South Burnett
Regional Council

Facilitating a
biodiversity legacy
for the South
Burnett region

The South Burnett Regional Council is seeking to facilitate the implementation of a region
wide biodiversity and Climate Change (CC) strategy. The plan will provide the focal point
for a multi
-
faceted appro
ach that combines community engagement, indigenous
partnerships, carbon initiatives and biodiversity outcomes. The project aims to revegetate
200 hectares of urban and village landscapes, develop a regional fire management regime
and reduce the spread of e
nvironmental weeds through wildlife corridors. In order to
address these issues, a project coordinator will be employed, with executive power in the
facilitation of these activities and others associated within the regions biodiversity
strategy and carbon
management plan (CMP).

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1,640,000


12

SOUTH MYALL
CATCHMENT
LANDCARE GROUP
INC

Increase
biodiversity in
small remnants &
woodland

Improve native habitat for declining woodland birds such as the grey crowned babbler,
speckled warbler and
brown flycatcher by reducing weeds of national significance and
encouraging natural propagation.


Improve biodiversity and native habitat by fencing 5km to restrict and manage cattle from
entering remnant vegetation areas.


Improve landholders knowledge on

woodland health and improve their ability to treat
weeds of national significance (WONS) with up to date methods and products by holding
workshops/farm walks.

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72,500

SOUTHERN GULF
CATCHMENTS
LIMITED

Blitzing bellyache
bush (Jat
ropha
gossypiifolia) on
the Gregory River

The Gregory River is an iconic Wild River but is under threat from weeds, including
bellyache bush which is a proposed Weed of National Significance. To combat these
threats a report card will be produced detailing

the current and potential distribution and
density of weeds along the Gregory River. The report card will use data gathered during
weed surveys and literature reviews to guide a long term monitoring program
incorporating permanent photo sites and an inno
vative mobile monitoring system.
Bellyache bush will be strategically treated to reduce the impact and prevent its spread
from key locations. Skills and knowledge of key stakeholders will be improved through
training, communication materials and involvem
ent in data collection.

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137,000

SOUTH WEST NRM
LTD

Business diversity
meets biodiversity

This project aspires to create an innovative & holistic natural resource management
consortium initially across 7 properties (339,882 ha's
) conserving a range of Threatened
Ecological Communities (TEC's), whilst cognisant of developing properties under diverse
agricultural, cultural heritage & conservation enterprise outcomes. TEC areas mapped
under the Federal Government's TEC program, form

a catalyst for on
-
ground projects,
creating nodes of biodiversity, linking TEC's through corridors where vegetative
communities allow. The project aspires to protect & strategically manage 17,500 ha's of
TEC over 6 years costing of $109.00 / ha (inclusive

of GST), promoting project outcomes
through case study development & promotion.

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1,735,000

SUB
-
TROPICAL
FARM FORESTRY
ASSN INC

Connecting
conservation areas
through linked
biodiverse carbon
forestry systems

The Project will establish 600 hectares of mixed species carbon sink forests in biodiversity
corridors in the subtropical region adjacent to the World Heritage Area of the Great East
Ranges. The biodiverse forests established will generate in the order of

140,000 T of
carbon credits (CO2 e) over a 15 year period. Management of threats to biodiversity will
be conduced on 40 sites, including feral animal monitoring and removal of invasive weeds
within 20ha adjoining the Project area. Capacity building of 12
0 landholders and 20
organisations through 10 workshops, training and 3 technical manuals: 1
-

on design of
mixed species carbon forests, 2
-

restoring and enhancing ecosystem function and 3
-

measurement and monitoring of carbon storage.

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2,237,000


13

Tablelands
Regional Council

Strategic
eradication,
containment &
reducing the risk
of spread of
Gamba grass

Gamba grass (Andropogon gayanus) is listed as a key threatening process under the EPBC
Act 1999 and is acknowledged as
one of the most significant weeds of Australia’s northern
savannah with well documented cultural, social, environmental and economic impacts.
The links between gamba grass and increased fire intensity pose a significant threat to the
future of biodiverse c
arbon management in the savannah communities of Far North
Queensland.


This project will implement a collaborative management plan for strategic eradication,
containment, and reduction of the risk of spread of gamba grass across Cape York
Peninsula and Far

North Queensland through a coordinated multi
-
agency and cross
-
regional response.

4



719,000

The trustee for
The J & L Frith
Family Trust

Protecting riparian
swamplands on
Dingwall

Dingwall has several large swamplands which are
slowly becoming degraded through
continuous grazing by domestic and feral animals. The swamplands have a great diversity
of native plants and animals which are very sensitive to changes in habitat and grazing
pressure. Currently these areas have no prote
ction from overgrazing and the overall
water quality is low. We aim to enhance biodiversity and conservation with fencing and
implementation of strategic watering points, enabling us to control grazing pressure. By
implementing controlled grazing methods

with strategic goat grazing, we hope to control
woody weed infestations and encourage pasture recovery.

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17,300

WETLANDCARE
AUSTRALIA PTY
LTD

Delivering
biodiversity
dividends for the
Barratta Creek
catchment

We will protect, ma
nage and enhance the high ecological functional values of the Barratta
Creek Catchment which forms the main artery of the Bowling Green Bay wetlands, the
only Ramsar site in North Queensland.


Barratta Creek is one of the most high integrity floodplain cr
eek systems on the
developed east coast of Queensland. Since the introduction of intensive irrigated
agriculture the creek and wetlands have suffered serious impacts through a lack of active
management and understanding including:

• Invasive aquatic and t
errestrial weeds

• Hot frequent fires regimes

• Excessive and nutrient rich tailwater flows


We will unite multiple stakeholders into implementing integrated catchment based
management.

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2,393,800


14

Yintjingga
Aboriginal
Corporation

Enhancing
biodiversity values
across Lama Lama
traditional lands

Lama Lama (LL) Traditional Lands are situated on the East Coast of Cape York Peninsular
surrounding Princess Charlotte Bay and of immense natural & cultural significance to the
Lama Lama peop
le. As such we have entered into partnerships with the QLD Government
to protect much of it. This project will work across our estate to address weed & feral
animal issues; undertake traditional fire burning regimes & rehabilitate degraded
wetlands & ripar
ian corridors. The project will enhance & protect the values of our
National Reserve Properties along with enhancing the entire LL estate as a high value
coastal corridor, while building the capacity of LL to continue to protect the cultural and
natural va
lues of country.

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1,260,900