Look­ing after coun­try

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

NORTH Coast Lo­cal Land Ser­vices and Gu­gin Gud­duba Lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal Land Coun­cil have fin­ished restora­tion works on Gu­gin Gud­duba land at the Hel­met Range near Wian­ga­ree north of Kyo­gle.

Fund­ing from Foun­da­tion for Na­tional Parks and Wildlife has helped the LLS over a num­ber of years in the wider Bor­der Ranges area to man­age the grassy forests which are crit­i­cal habi­tat for en­dan­gered species such as east­ern bristlebird and Hast­ings river mouse.

It in­cluded re­moval of en­vi­ron­men­tal weeds such as lan­tana and crofton weed and the rein­tro­duc­tion of fire to pro­mote the grassy un­der­storey habi­tat, along with con­trol of cats and foxes which prey on many na­tive species.

“The Hel­met Range has high cul­tural her­itage im­por­tance and is a very bio­di­verse area, where many threat­ened species de­pend on the moist eu­ca­lypt grassy for­est on the range,” said se­nior lands of­fi­cer John Na­gle.

The part­ner­ship with the Abo­rig­i­nal Land Coun­cil is one of many in the re­gion.

An­other just com­pleted is with the North­ern Rivers Fire and Bio­di­ver­sity Con­sor­tium to en­hance the bio­di­ver­sity con­ser­va­tion and cul­tural her­itage val­ues of Bus­bys Flat, lo­cated south west of Casino.

The Work­ing on Coun­try project in­volved restor­ing na­tive veg­e­ta­tion and ri­par­ian ar­eas through pest plant con­trol on LALC land and two ad­join­ing trav­el­ling stock re­serves.

The LLS has pro­duced a spe­cial NAIDOC Week edi­tion of its news­let­ter Lo­cal Links which show­cases its 12 part­ner­ships and projects that sup­port Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple to care for coun­try.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LOVE THE LAND: NCLLS team leader An­drew John­ston marks indige­nous land.

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