The state-wide Soil Condition Evaluation and Monitoring project by lindahy

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									              Cradle Coast NRM Strategy Activities for 2005 – 2006
Over $3.8 million will be injected into the Cradle Coast region for projects that address some of the key natural resource
management (NRM) issues facing our community.
The Cradle Coast NRM Committee received the funds from the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust to
implement the first year of the community driven regional NRM strategy. Twenty-three activities will commence in early
2006, with several more state-wide projects commencing in the months following.



                                                Sustainable Land Use
Soil Erosion - Strategy Activity #: L2
Lead Proponent: Agronico
NHT Investment: $80,000
500 ha of vulnerable land used for annual cropping will be protected from soil erosion by installing mulched ripped lines.
Two Ripper-mulchers will be purchased or constructed. Training in erosion control techniques will be provided to farmers
and two farmer controlled groups will be set up for ongoing implementation of erosion control.


King Island Salinity - Strategy Activity #: L12
Lead Proponent: King Island NRM Group
NHT Investment: $80,000
This project will seek to determine the extent and rate of change in land affected by salinity and salinity risk on King Island,
thereby contributing to writing the King Island Salinity Hazard Assessment Plan. Existing bores will be tested, with data
entered into a digital database. Benchmarks for groundwater height and salt concentration will be set and a community field
day held.

CONTINUING PROJECT:
The state-wide Soil Condition Evaluation and Monitoring project (Strategy activity # L10) has received a further
$165,000 from the NHT through the three regional NRM Committees. The project, delivered by the Department of Primary,
Industries, Water and the Environment, will assist with NRM condition reporting and will link land management with trends
in soil condition, improving our ability to make sound decisions about soil management.




                                         Water Management & River Restoration
Water Management Planning - Strategy Activity #: W18
Lead Proponent: Earthtech
NHT Investment: $160,000
A Water Management Plan will be developed for at least one priority catchment. Opportunities will be provided for
catchment communities to have a direct say in how a catchment’s water resources are best allocated and managed to
achieve the community’s economic, social and environmental objectives.

Streamside Restoration & Management -Strategy Activity #: W28
Lead Proponent: Greening Australia (Tasmania) Inc
NHT Investment: $300,000
At least 40km of high quality streamside land and wetland ecosystems will be protected and enhanced through incentive-
based activities such as fencing streams and riparian zones; revegetation; off stream watering points; restoring degraded
stream channels; protecting remnant vegetation; and improving wetland management. Land managers undertaking
incentive works will commit to 10-year management agreements. At least 40 land managers will receive management and
planning advice. Two field days will also be held.




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CONTINUING PROJECTS:
Waterwatch has received a further $160,000 from the NHT through Cradle Coast NRM to continue monitoring 64 sites
established during 2004-2005. Year two of the project: Water Quality and River Health Monitoring (Strategy Activity #:
M12) will see a water quality reporting system and database completed. An annual surface water quality report will also be
produced.

The second year of the Best Practice Dairy Effluent Management project (Strategy Activity #: W1) managed by Diary Tas
has received a further NHT investment of $246,000. The project will continue to bring about practical improvements in
effluent management and raise farmer and community awareness by facilitating the design and construction of upgraded
effluent facilities on 41 farms, of which 27 are in the Cradle Coast region



                            Biodiversity & Threatened Species Conservation
Weed Management Coordinator - Strategy Activity: B50
Lead Proponent: Cradle Coast NRM
NHT Investment: $300,000
A weeds coordinator will be employed to implement the Cradle Coast Regional Weed Strategy. Activities will include
setting up an incentives program to encourage land managers and groups to control weeds, developing a regional weed
mapping tool, identification of priority sites for future investment in on-ground control.


Vegetation Management Incentives – Strategy Activity#: B7
Lead Proponent: Greening Australia (Tasmania) Inc
NHT Investment: $350,000
At least 100ha of high priority native vegetation will be protected and enhanced on land otherwise not protected. Areas
include habitat of threatened species, threatened ecological communities, migratory birds, & wetland ecosystems. At least
80 land managers will receive management and planning advice. Those undertaking incentive works will make a ten-year
commitment to nature conservation on their own land.


Giant Freshwater Lobster – Strategy Activity #: B31
Lead Proponent: Five Rivers Waterwatch Inc
NHT Investment: $30,000
This project will monitor and assess Astacopsis gouldi populations and habitats and increase public awareness of, and
support for, the conservation of Astacopsis gouldi in line with the Draft Giant Freshwater Crayfish Recovery Plan. A
database for population, habitat and distribution data will be developed, and key areas for protection identified. Public
awareness and education activities will also be a major component.

CONTINUING PROJECT:
Implementation of the West Coast Fire and Weed Strategy (Strategy Activity #: B40) will continue for at least another 12
months with project officer salaries supported by NHT and the West Coast Council. On-ground works will continue to be
funded by the major land managers and community groups.


                                                  Coastal Protection
Mapping Key Estuarine and Marine Habitat Types
Strategy Activity #: CEM22
Lead Proponent: TAFI / UTAS
NHT Investment: $130,000
Key habitat types and significant marine communities will be mapped in all estuarine and marine areas in the Cradle Coast
Region through an assessment of existing aerial photographs and extensive ground verification. The presence or absence
of major invasive marine species will be determined. This project will also deliver information in a form useable by all
stakeholders in the form of ArcView shape files and associated metadata documentation on CDROM, integration with the
Tasmanian node of the Australian Coastal Atlas and Oil Spill Response Atlas, and the SeaMap Internet site.




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Management Plan for Boullanger Bay / Robbins Passage
Strategy Activity #: CEM2
Lead Proponent: Tasmanian Land Conservancy Inc
NHT Investment: $30,000
In consultation with the local community a management plan for the nationally significant wetland areas of Robbins
Passage and Boullanger Bay will be developed.

Priority On Ground Works for Coastal and Estuarine Systems - Strategy Activity #: CEM18
Lead Proponent: Parks & Wildlife Service
NHT Investment: $250,000
This project will carry out prioritised on-ground works in coastal and estuarine systems in close consultation with local
communities and key interests, at three sites.
1. Arthur Pieman Conservation Area. Works include rehabilitating eroded foredunes and delineate braded vehicle tracks
damaged by off road vehicles and cattle grazing. Sand ladders will be installed, unrequired tracks will be closed and
disused tracks, borrow pits and gravel quarries will be rehabilitated. Particular attention will be paid to the protection of
aboriginal sites.
2. King Island. Sand ladders and parallel planking will be installed where track braiding is occurring on Sandy Track. Beach
access will be formalised to British Admiral Beach, Grassy, Currie, Lavinia Point and Blowhole Point. Erosion control in the
vicinity of Seal Rocks car park, walking track and viewing area will be performed.
3. Leith Public Reserve. Reserve boundaries will be marked. Pedestrian access points will be formalised and degraded
areas rehabilitated. A plan for ongoing management will also be developed.

Develop Water Quality Objectives and Targets for Estuarine and Marine Waters - Strategy Activity #: CEM27
Lead Proponent: TAFI
NHT Investment: $150,000
Water quality objectives and targets for all estuaries and marine waters in the Region, will be developed, with the
community consulted to identify water quality objectives for key estuaries. A water quality monitoring program for estuaries
will also commence.

CONTINUING PROJECT:
The Tasmanian Aquacultures and Fisheries Institute have received $150,300 from the NHT through Cradle Coast NRM for
the second phase of a study that will focus on the fate of nutrients within priority estuaries of the North West (Develop
Baseline Data & Indicators for Priority Estuaries, Strategy Activity #:CEM31).


                                               Community Capacity
Water Quality Education Package – Strategy Activity #: CC21
Lead Proponent: Five Rivers Waterwatch Inc
NHT Investment: $80,000
A water quality education package will be developed and delivered within schools. A water quality forum for schools will
also be held. The project will also provide support for ‘Waterwatch’ volunteer activities.

Marine Education Program for Schools
Strategy Activity #: CC22
Lead Proponent: Fishcare DPIWE
NHT Investment: $90,000
A marine themed module, which conforms to the Department of Education’s Tasmanian Education Curriculum Guidelines,
will be developed and distributed to education providers. The module will include resource management, technology and
science, incorporating web based features, and aims to stimulate interest in NRM principles based around marine science,
management and industry.




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Community "Care" Group Support - Strategy Activity #: CC26
Proponent: Landscape & Social Research
NHT Investment: $30,000
The needs of community ‘Care’ groups will be reviewed and some assistance will be provided to groups based on the
analysis. Support will also be offered to groups to assist them build capacity and maintain focus and momentum.




                                                   More Projects
Three further projects have been funded in Tasmania through the Natural Heritage Trusts’ Regional Competitive
Component.


Condition of rocky reef communities, a key marine habitat around Tasmania
Lead Region – Cradle Coast NRM ($290,00) 18 months
Project aims to assess the condition of rocky reef communities around Tasmania, which have been identified as a key
marine habitat. It will monitor changes in Rocky reef biodiversity over a 12-year time period and assess impacts of fishing
at increasing distances from access points. A cost effective monitoring program and Resource Condition Target’s will be
developed and recommendations prepared in conjunction with stakeholders on appropriate management strategies.
The proposed outcome from the project is better management of rocky reef resources from increased knowledge of
changes in these systems through natural and human induced events, such introduced species outbreaks, increased
fishing pressure, climate change and disturbance of marine health.


Rice Grass eradication from targeted areas in Tasmania
Lead Region – Cradle Coast NRM ($115,000) 3 years
Tasmania’s estuaries and unique coastlines are extremely valuable resource with immense ecological, community and
economic value. The spread of rice grass is a serious problem in the degradation of Tasmania’s estuaries but through the
dedicated work of the DPIWE rice grass team, in collaboration with industry and community groups, Tasmania has
established internationally recognized eradication protocols to remove this pest species.
The state is now very close to eradication rice grass from five of the seven areas where it exists but requires additional
funding to complete the remaining phase of the original program. The rice grass is treated using the chemical Fusilade that
has been demonstrated as a cost – effective, practicable and environmentally acceptable method for removing the rice
grass. The spraying effort follows a comprehensive survey of the coastline that attempts to locate any rice grass, which is
then flagged and mapped. In subsequent years these marked ‘hot spots’ are revisited to check the efficacy of the spraying
effort. The funding sought is for completion of the eradication works, as any plants untreated will act as a ‘reservoir’ for
seed and plant fragments from which the plant will be able to re-colonise the area.


Implementing Critical Cross-regional National Threatened Species Recovery Plans
Lead Region – NRM South ($1,000,000) 3 years
Threatened species have been identified as a high priority in all three Tasmanian NRM regions. This project will undertake
recovery actions for the most critical national threatened species, nationally listed under the EPBC Act, that occur across all
three regions. All have current or draft recovery plans which outline the actions and tasks required to improve their status.
The protective measures required for these species are statewide and in most cases far reaching in scope and complexity.
A unified cross regional approach to their recovery effort is required to ensure a consistent and strategic approach in
delivering conservation outcomes




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