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Wetlands, Waterways and Water Quality

This project,which builds upon work undertaken as part of the previous ‘Iconic Species’ project, implements conservation actions along priority waterways in the South West.

It uses a multipronged approach that will help address multiple threatening processes and issues affecting priority assets; namely water quality issues, degraded riparian foreshore vegetation for both water quality improvement and ecological restoration purposes, and to protect the habitat of the Critically Endangered Geocrinia species and other threatened fauna species.

The project has progressed well, with conservation activities being carried out to date on six private properties in the Lower Blackwood and Scott River Catchments, as well as on state managed lands.

Individual white-bellied (Geocrinia alba) and orange-bellied frogs (Geocrinia vitellina) have been translocated to 5 sites in the Lower Blackwood region, in order to boost populations of these two species.

Firebreaks around known Geocrinia habitat have been maintained by undertaking weed control, to ensure that they are accessible to fire crews in the event of a wildfire.

Work on private properties has included 0.57km of fencing, 17.62ha of site preparation, 7.8ha of infill planting with 4,640 seedlings, and 18.5ha of weed control, in order to connect and improve the condition of important riparian corridors and to provide vital habitat for these species. A gate and rock bollards were also installed to stop illegal vehicle access to vital Geocrinia habitat at a key location.

“We have been delighted at Boathaugh to work closely with the South West Catchments Council for many years on long term fencing and rehabilitation projects that will protect vital areas of wildlife habitat such as the endangered white-bellied frog (Geocrinia Alba).”
Miles Brierley, Landholder.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS

Work will continue to protect the two Geocrinia species in 2016/17, with more fire management tracks being sprayed for weeds, a new access management structure being installed, feral pig control being undertaken in priority areas, as well as another translocation of both species to new sites in the Lower Blackwood area.

Further infill planting and weed control is also planned. This will include some of the previous revegetation sites, as well as some new planting sites and site preparation taking place at strategic properties in the Lower Blackwood area. Fencing will also be completed to protect further habitat from cattle access.

FUN FACT

The endangered white-bellied frog (Geocrinia alba) only grows to be about 25 mm in size, making them particularly difficult to locate in the field!!

FUNDING RECIPIENTS

  • Private landholders
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife
COMMITMENT
9.2ha of site preparation
52%
ACHIEVEMENT
17.62ha of site preparation
100%

COMMITMENT
1 conservation action protecting 2 species
100%
ACHIEVEMENT
1 conservation action protecting 2 species ( Geocrinia alba and Geocrinia vitellina )
100%

Project Manager

Derani Sullivan

Key Partners