Current Projects

2013/14 PROJECT

 

“Biodiversity Fund”

Yes! We got it!

Under the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future plan, approximately $1.7 billion of revenue raised by the carbon price will be reinvested in the land sector over the next six years.

One element of the Land Sector Package is the Biodiversity Fund – $946.2 million over six years in funding to restore, manage and enhance biodiverse carbon stores.

Mulgrave Landcare’s successful funding application is titled “ Corridor enhancement between sugar-cane lands, streams and the World Heritage areas in Mulgrave Catchment- Wet Tropics.”

The project involves biodiverse plantings on the Mulgrave River in larger degraded areas, riparian gaps & wetland fringes, complimented by control of threatening hymenachne and pond-apple populations.

Work will joint between 21 private landholders, and the Mulgrave Landcare Group which will use a combination of volunteer effort and a work/training unit composed of trained staff and indigenous and non indigenous youth, to complete the project over 6 years.

 

2012 PROJECTS

“Increasing Community Participation in River Restoration and Sustainable Sugar Farming Systems in the Mulgrave Catchment”

A Community Action Grant funded by the Australian Govt.

This grant is being used to continue our core business of having volunteers assist in weed control and revegetation of our catchments waterways and wetlands as well as continuing an existing project, centred on specialist implements constructed by Mulgrave Landcare that assists canegrowers with the adoption of low-impact, cane-fallow practices.

 

“Mulgrave River, Reach 3.2 Erosion Control Project”

RR4 funding administered by Terrain NRM

2012’s RR4 waterways project involves stage 1 of a 2 stage rehabilitation project on a sandy, flood prone and difficult site on adjoining properties, identified in the Mulgrave River Management Action Plan as a priority.

Stage 1 involves the tree planting of 5,000 suitable and hardy native tree species on the relatively stable sections of bank that, in stage 2, will be protected by rock work placed at the base of the unstable banks which sit in front of the tree planting sections.

Site prep due to begin in May.

 

“‘Key-line’ planting for cost-effective enhancement of the Mulgrave River Priority Connectivity Corridor”

The project area is identified as a priority corridor in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area mapping and involves the ‘key-line’ planting of fifteen small un-vegetated gaps along the Mulgrave River, adding up to 1km of river-length.

‘Key-line’ (single line), planting is an innovative approach to revegetation and involves planting a single line of the toughest, shadiest and fastest growing species so that over time they will provide a ‘key-line’ of large, shading trees that will reduce weed competition and provide natural recruitment along that line. If further funding becomes available, that line can be enhanced to any density. If not, the ‘keyline’ will continue to provide a slow, steady and very cheap base for natural revegetation over time.

Site preparation will begin after the 2012 wet season with tree planting from May to July.

“Protection of an ecological and educational resource – Greenpatch, Gordonvale”.

A Community Action Grant funded by the Australian Govt.

To protect the evironmental / educational value of this area, this project involves replacing the existing bollards at Greenpatch with heavy rock in order to maintain the integrity of the site by restricting vehicular access to the sensitive, erosion prone river bank area. Restoration work will include river bank repair, weed control and tree planting to enhance the existing biodiversity corridors.

Ongoing  Projects

 

  • Past Tree-plantings Maintenance.

As we plant between 3,000-13,000 seedlings a year and graduated maintenance on those seedlings is required for up to 5 years, the maintenance load continually accumulates. We currently have 28,000 trees needing some maintenance in 2012.

 

  • Gordonvale Primary School Excelsior Program.

Our partnership with the school will be expanding in 2012 due the school receiving a NAB Schools First Local Impact Award for “outstanding performance in establishing school and community partnerships”. The Gordonvale High School will be joining the effort this year.

 

  • Cairns Regional Council generously provides annual funding that assists with essential equipment and tree maintenance as well as a further 3,000 native seedlings which we use to service requests for revegetation that are not covered by specific grants.