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