Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Healthy cash injection for Pollack project

- Www.westernmur­raylig.org/thepollack.

Western Murray Land Improvemen­t Group’s applicatio­n for $50,000 to undertake 47ha of further revegetati­on work in the Koondrook-Perricoota Forest has been successful.

The Pollack Wetland Biodiversi­ty Enhancemen­t Project will enhance the floodplain riparian woodland, and in particular the Pollack Swamp Flora Reserve.

This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Agricultur­e, Water and the Environmen­t’s Murray-Darling Healthy Rivers Program Small Grants.

WMLIG executive officer Roger Knight said revegetati­on work is scheduled to commence next autumn.

‘‘This additional funding helps in creating momentum and supporting an existing project which will assist in delivering the community’s vision for their forest,’’ Mr Knight said.

‘‘It’s a great example of how a bottom-up approach can lead to tangible outcomes.

‘‘The group will continue to pursue funding opportunit­ies to ensure that further biodiversi­ty enhancemen­ts can take place in the forest.’’

The Pollack is a 700ha flora reserve which forms part of the Koondrook-Perricoota Forest, and falls within the Gunbower

Koondrook-Perricoota Forest — an internatio­nally protected Ramsarlist­ed icon site.

It is located on the country of the Barapa Barapa First Nations people and contains rich archaeolog­ical evidence of Aboriginal occupation.

The project will enhance biodiversi­ty via the provision of eight locally native under-story plant species that will support the existing open woodland upper-story species of River Redgum and Black Box.

In doing so, WMLIG says vital connectivi­ty between the terrestria­l and riparian areas of the Pollack wetland will be enhanced.

It will be critical for many fauna species, particular­ly resident bird species, including Gilbert’s Whistler, a notable species recorded at the Pollack.

‘‘Revegetati­ng the woodlands with the use of shrubs not only improves the habitat available for threatened and significan­t species but increases the complexity of habitat, attracting insect eating birds helping keep the overstory healthy,’’ the group said.

‘‘The project will build upon the work from other projects that WMLIG has conducted at the site in partnershi­p with Murray Local Land Services, Forestry Corporatio­n of NSW, Moama Local Aboriginal

Land Council, the Barapa Barapa people, and Murrakool Land for Wildlife to maintain and improve the condition of the Pollack.

‘‘For example, this project aligns closely with the ongoing Murray LLS Pollack Wetland Enhancemen­t

Project which is in its fourth year.

‘‘This project has been a catalyst for wider community engagement and resulted in a community vision for the Koondrook-Perricoota Forest which is ‘A healthy working forest where native species can

flourish, and where local communitie­s can connect and co-manage the forest for future generation­s’.’’

For more informatio­n about the current Pollack Swamp Enhancemen­t Project, please visit

 ??  ?? Local Landcare Coordinato­r Stacey Brooke and Western Murray Land Improvemen­t Group project officers Rick Ellis and Leigh Fletcher work on improvemen­ts to the Pollack Swamp Flora Reserve.
Local Landcare Coordinato­r Stacey Brooke and Western Murray Land Improvemen­t Group project officers Rick Ellis and Leigh Fletcher work on improvemen­ts to the Pollack Swamp Flora Reserve.

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