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					Indigenous Natural Resource Management                                                                                   Issue No. 9
                                                                                                                         March 2008
Newsletter Launched for Southern NSW                                                                     What’s In This Issue?
A quarterly newsletter to help raise Aboriginal community awareness of activities and
opportunities in natural resource management in the region was launched by Southern Rivers              Bomaderry Climate Change
Catchment Management Authority (SRCMA) in February.                                                                        Forum

"SRCMA respects and acknowledges the Aboriginal people as the traditional owners and custodians Protection Works for the Clyde
of the land and sea country. We also recognise the value and benefits that come through working                          River
in collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal communities," said Mrs Green, Chair of SRCMA.
                                                                                                         Carbon Farming Award for
“Koori Catch uP is a fantastic resource for those indigenous groups wanting to know more about                  Braidwood Farmer
what is happening in their area or get more involved in environmental activities in their local
community.    It    will  showcase     positive    activities and   contributions  to  natural           Incentive Funds to Protect
resource management and Aboriginal culture and heritage by Aboriginal communities across the                                  Bush
                                                                                                         Erosion Works Completed
“Les Kosez, SRCMA Aboriginal Community Support Officer from our Bega office has done a great               Along the Murrah River
job in pulling this first edition together,” said Mrs Green.

"SRCMA Aboriginal Community Support Officers can assist Aboriginal communities in identifying possible projects and in planning and
d e v e lo p me nt  of    the ir   id e a s . T hey   can   a ls o  a s s is t with a p p ly ing   f or    p ro j e c t  f und ing  a nd
ensuring       that  effective   information  is   provided  to    Aboriginal   communities     so    that    they      are   aware   of
opportunities and activities in their area.”

Contributions to the quarterly newsletter are welcome. To contribute or to be added to the distribution list, please contact Les Kosez on

Local Schoolgirl                      Wins          Indigenous
Logo Competition
Albion Park   Rail Public School student Nikitah Wilson was announced as
the winner     of the 2007 Southern Rivers Catchment Management
Authority’s   (SRCMA) Aboriginal Logo Competition during a school
assembly in   February.

Nikitah’s drawing of a platypus has now been adopted by the SRCMA
Aboriginal Community Support Team and will feature on all of their
correspondence and promotional materials.

SRCMA Chair, Pam Green presented the award, “SRCMA would like to
congratulate Nikitah and Albion Park Rail Public School for their
involvement in the competition. We had nearly 40 entries from schools in
the Southern NSW area, but Nikitah’s logo was chosen by the judging
panel for its representation of Australian Aboriginal culture, the natural
environment and its biodiversity,” Mrs Green said.

She praised Nikitah’s vision, “Nikitah wanted to raise public awareness of
SRCMA to ensure the future of the rivers systems in Southern NSW and Pam Green was on hand to present Nikitah Wilson with a certificate
the platypus which inhabits them. The colours she used in designing the and a $500 cheque
logo are black, for Indigenous people and red for the earth in which the
platypus build their burrows. The zigzag pattern represents the river systems flowing through the state. Nikitah used red and white
spots to represent micro-organisms that are vital in keeping our waterways healthy and the green spots are for the vegetation along the
river bank.”

Nikitah received a certificate and a $500 prize for her work and Albion Park Rail Public School was presented with a new
laptop as the winning school in the competition.

    Bomaderry Climate Change
    SRCMA is always on the lookout for opportunities to support the
    community with the task of raising awareness about climate change.

    On 17th March, 70 members of the local Shoalhaven community came
    along to the Bomaderry Bowling club to hear a range of speakers
    discuss climate change.

    The forum was facilitated by David Curtis (SRCMA) whose own
    knowledge and experience on the subject of global warming and The Climate Change Forum panel. Back row: Brian Kenny, Verne
    climate change was vital in planning this event. The event started Mutton, Darryn O’Connell, Willian Armitage, David Curtis. Front
    with an introduction from Bomaderry Rotary Club President Vern Row: Chris Presland, Annaliese Milne, Andrew Best.
    Mutton and a short address on climate change from Bomaderry High
    student Annaleise Milne.

    A video presentation of Sir Nicholas Stern’s address to the Canberra Press Club on the economic impacts of climate change, the
    main inspiration and draw-card for the event, was the one of four presentations on the evening.                          Stern
    believes that “there is no horse race between energy security, climate change responsibility and economic growth – we can have
    them together” and that developed countries should target a 60 to 90% cut in CO2 equivalent emissions by 2050 (a target he
    believes is achievable).

     Andrew Best, an Australian Climate Project Messenger trained by Al Gore gave an overview of climate trends and impacts of
    climate change in Australia. Andrew’s An Inconvenient Truth presentation provided wonderful graphics and his engaging
    presentation style made for an informative and entertaining talk. The Australian Climate Project works with the Australian
    Conservation Foundation (ACF) to raise awareness and community capacity.

     Darren O’Connell, Environmental Project Officer at TAFE Illawarra spoke about how businesses can reduce their energy
    footprint – that we can achieve a 15 to 20% reduction in energy use just through staff awareness. TAFE Illawarra has been able
    to make significant energy and financial savings through more efficient use of resources.

     Chris Presland (SRCMA) spoke about the impact of climate change in the Southern Rivers and on our coastal natural
    resources, drawing on the CSIRO report on Climate Change in the Southern Rivers Region. Chris reported a CSIRO finding that
    with “a warming of 1.0°C and a 5% decrease in rainfall (a moderate scenario for 2030) would make the climate of Nowra similar
    to the current climate of Parramatta in Western Sydney” (CSIRO, 2007). Promoting sustainable NRM outcomes in the Southern
    Rivers is a significant contributor to buffering the region against the effects of climate change.

     Presentations were followed by one hour of questions from the audience to a panel made up of the four speakers and local
    Shoalhaven resident and Landcare/Bushcare volunteer Will Armitage. Will’s 30 years of experience in the energy industry and
    personal efforts to raise awareness of climate change and greenhouse issues was a valuable asset to the panel,
    providing sound answers to many questions from the audience

    Through effective collaboration with Bomaderry Rotary Club, the ACF and individuals from the local community, SRCMA has been
    able to support a community organisation in spreading useful and relevant information on climate change – the science, the
    impacts, mitigation and adaptation - to a broader audience within the Shoalhaven Community.

    Threatened Species Network Community Grants Round 11
    Community conservation groups are invited to apply for up to $50,000 in Round 11 of the Threatened Species Network
    Community Grants program, which will open on 28 March and close on 30 May 2008. Managed by the Threatened Species
    Network (TSN), the grants program was established to support and inspire communities to conduct on-ground work for the
    ongoing health of our natural environment, specifically targeting the needs of nationally threatened species and ecological
    communities. More than 380 conservation projects have been funded through the program so far, to a total value of more than
    $4.9 million.
    Grants are provided for activities such as:
    •   Enhancing, restoring, and establishing key habitat
    •   Weed and feral animal control
    •   Monitoring and surveying species populations
    •    Fencing to protect populations and key habitat
    Fire management
    Interested parties should note that all applications must be discussed with the TSN Coordinator for your region before
    submission or they will not be assessed.

    The TSN Community Grants Program Guidelines and Application Forms may be obtained from or by calling
    1800 032 551. If you would like to be notified by email when the grants are announced, please contact the TSN Program Officer
    Grants, Simone Albert on 02 8202 1233 or

Protection works for the Clyde River
                                                                         A series of protection works to address sediment input to the
                                                                         near-pristine Clyde River are underway as part of a partnership
                                                                         between Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority
                                                                         (SRCMA), Forests NSW and the Department of Environment
                                                                         and Climate Change (DECC).        Funding for the project is
                                                                         through the Natural Heritage Trust supported by the Australian
                                                                         and NSW Governments.

                                                                         The bridge crossing of Boyne Creek on Yadboro Rd was
                                                                         recognised as a priority site by all three agencies and on-site
                                                                         works have just been completed.

                                                                         The project is a demonstration of sediment reduction
                                                                         techniques at this crossing through a series of controls and
                                                                         road engineering works, including installing lateral piped
                                                                         drainage at three locations, installing numerous new mitre
                                                                         drains, improving sediment trapping devices and gravel
                                                                         resheeting 100m of the approaches to the Boyne Creek bridge.

                                                                          Pam Green, Chair of SRCMA said, “This project will make a
                                                                         real contribution to reducing the amount of sediment entering
             The bridge crossing of Boyne Creek on Yadboro Rd
                                                                         Boyne Creek, which is a major |tributary of the upper Clyde

 “The work is part of a bigger program which aims to improve and protect coastal water quality by reducing sedimentation into
sensitive coastal waterbodies such as the Clyde. SRCMA has also formed important partnerships with other road management
agencies including Eurobodalla Shire Council, Shoalhaven City Council and Bega Valley Shire Councils.

“Southern     Rivers   CMA    is   committed      to   maintaining   and   improving     the   condition    of   the   Clyde            River,
which is the only High Conservation Value river left on the NSW coast which flows uninterrupted from its source to the sea.

“Southern Rivers CMA wants to expand and build on this investment to protect the River and to continue strengthening partnerships
with organisations such as Forests NSW and DECC will help achieve this,” Mrs Green said.

Carbon Farming Award for
Braidwood Farmer
At the recent Carbon Farming Conference in Mudgee, local
Braidwood farmer, Martin Royds was awarded winner of the
‘Carbon Cocky - East of the Divide’ section. John Kerin AO,
Board Member of Southern Rivers Catchment Management
Authority (SRCMA), today presented Martin Royds with
$2,000 prizemoney in recognition of his achievement.

“I would like to congratulate Martin on his efforts. Having
seen his property and some of his practices first hand, it’s
clear that farmers now have the opportunity to increase the
drought resilience and productivity of their properties.
Importantly, these practices also contribute to less carbon in
the atmosphere,” Mr Kerin said.

Martin’s innovative and progressive farming has evolved
from his exposure to the principles of holistic management,
biological farming, biodynamics, natural sequence farming
and Landcare.
                                                                 John Kerin, along with Chris Presland and Rebecca Hall from SRCMA were on
According to Martin, the key components of his farming hand to congratulate Martin Royds,
practices are to understand how plants and animals
function. This knowledge is critical to making decisions that
promote the sustainability of his farming enterprise. At the core of his farming practices is a focus on encouraging pasture diversity,
maintaining ground cover, increasing soil and animal health, and ultimately increasing the carbon content of the soil.

“Improving the carbon content of the soil increases its capacity to hold water and prolongs plant growth. This extends a property’s
ability to maintain pasture cover and productivity during dry periods,” Mr Kerin acknowledged. “Southern Rivers CMA has programs
that encourage farmers to learn about and implement sustainable land management practices similar to those that Martin has
implemented. I encourage interested farmers to contact their local CMA office for more information,” he concluded.

    Incentive Funds to Protect
    Round five of the Southern Rivers Bush Incentives (SRBI)
    program,      launched    recently   by   Southern    Rivers
    Catchment Management Authority (SRCMA), recognises the
    crucial role that landholders play in environmental recovery
    and is based on a tendering system for the provision of these

    Southern Rivers CMA Chairperson, Mrs Pam Green, said that
    the previous rounds of the SRBI program have been
    successful in benefiting not only local landholders, but also the
    wider community.

    “The attraction for many of the participating landholders has
    not just been money – but also the opportunity to learn more
    about their land.      They are helping to protect native
    vegetation for future generations,” said Mrs Green.

    The Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust and the
    NSW     Government        Sustainability    Trust    have
    provided funds for the program. The fifth round of SRBI
    program will focus on landholders in the Shoalhaven River
    |catchment     or   the   local  government     areas   of
    Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven.

    “These locations have been chosen because they contain
    specific vegetation types that are known to need special
    protection,” Mrs Green said.

    “SRCMA is inviting property owners in these areas to take the
    opportunity to express an interest in the program.
                                                                                      The SRBI program applies to the shaded areas
    “When we receive an expression of interest a project officer
    will then visit the property at a time arranged with the landholder to do an assessment and discuss management aims with them.

    “After the free assessment is provided landholders who wish to continue the process can submit a bid representing the price for
    which they will do conservation work on their property.

    “The selection of successful tenders by SRCMA will be through a transparent process based on the conservation value of the site, the
    expected outcomes of the work and the amount of the tender.”

    For more information on the SRBI program visit, or contact David Curtis (Wollongong) on (02) 4224
    9715, or David Hilhorst (Braidwood) on (02) 4842 2594.

                                                          Native Grasses Identification
                                                          Twenty-five Eurobodalla residents enjoyed a field trip in February to learn about
                                                          the Native Grasses in their local area. The workshop was conducted by Jackie
                                                          Miles, botanist, and Hayden Kingston from the Department of Primary Industries.

                                                          Participants received information about the structure and parts of the grass plant
                                                          and attended a field trip to a rural property at Broulee and the Moruya Cemetery.
                                                          Rural cemeteries are often sites of remnant native vegetation and some unusual
                                                          native grass species were found on the day. Funding to conduct the workshop was
                                                          provided by the SRCMA Community Partnership program.

                                                     “Participants on the day were from a range of backgrounds. Some from the Efarm
    Participants visiting Moruya Cemetery on the Native
    Grasses workshop                                and rural Landcare groups wanted to learn about identification of grasses for
                                                    better pasture management. Others from coastal Landcare groups wanted to learn
    about identifying the differences between the exotic grass weeds, and the native grass species they wish to preserve,” said Peter
    Gow, Landcare Community Support Officer.

    There was so much interest that Eurobodalla Landcare is considering conducting a second workshop for those who missed out on
    this Native Grasses Workshop. For further information please contact Peter Gow on 4474 1329.

Broom Control Undertaken
Along the Bombala River
Broom control works have recently been completed along the
Bombala River as part of the Bombala, Little Plains and
Delegate Rivers Broom Management Program.

The $60,000 project was initiated in 2006 as a
partnership    between   the    Snowy     River  Interstate
Landcare    Committee   (SRILC),     the  Southern   Rivers
Catchment Management Authority (SRCMA) and local
landholders. The program is jointly funded by the Australian
Government’s Natural Heritage Trust Program and the NSW

Broom is an invasive, declared noxious weed which forms dense
thickets that can eventually lead to complete dominance of
native vegetation, particularly along waterways.        Broom
infestations also diminish pasture availability and can A contractor from Landini Rural who undertook the control works,
significantly decrease bio-diversity along river banks.       spraying an isolated broom plant along the Bombala River near
Over recent years, control of Broom infestations along the Little
Plains, Delegate and Bombala Rivers has been a major focus for       agreements. Approximately 10 km of stream was treated, with
local Landcare Groups.      More recently, the Victorian East        spraying commencing on the Bombala River at Bibbenluke and
Gippsland Catchment Management Authority has raised                  working progressively downstream, finishing on a property
concerns about Broom spreading from the Bombala/Delegate             bordering Cambalong Creek.
River systems into the Snowy River.
                                                                     “The program has a three year target to reduce densities of
“Due to its invasive nature, there is a recognised need for an       Broom along the Bombala, Little Plains and Delegate Rivers to
integrated approach to manage Broom, focusing on a                   manageable          levels,      specifically    cleaning       up
catchment wide “top-down” approach rather than sporadic,             areas of core infestations”, explained Ms Brennan.              Its
individual efforts which are often hindered by accessibility, time   long-term success will be dependent on the commitment of
and cost”, explained SRCMA River Rehabilitation Officer              la nd ho lder s    to    c o ntinue  o n-g o ing   m a inte na nc e
Shannon Brennan.                                                     following the initial knockdown”.

The Broom project was initiated by a comprehensive mapping For further information and to register your interest in
program, documenting Broom densities along the Bombala, becoming involved, please contact either Nancy Spoljaric
Delegate and Little Plains River systems.                      (SRILC Project Officer, Bombala) on (02) 6458 4003 or
                                                               Shannon Brennan (SRCMA, Bega) on (02) 6491 8223.
In spring 2007, nine identified priority sites were sprayed by
licensed contractors as a result of incentive based landholder

Community Biodiversity Monitoring Program Launched
The Australian Museum recently launched Bugwise - a community biodiversity monitoring program. BugWise has been designed
to enable schools, community groups and land managers to get involved in ecological research. It provides an opportunity to test
new methods of habitat assessment and develop a community-focused habitat monitoring tool kit.

                                                         The Bugwise website offers a great range of
                                                        practical field surveys and identification guides, including butterfly shapes
                                                        and colours, a quick invertebrate guide, a Web2Spider guide and a seed
                                                        removal survey.

                                                         A recent Web2Spider Workshop hosted by SRCMA in Nowra
                                                        attracted 22 community members. Wollongong Council Bushcare has since
                                                        offered two Web2Spider Workshops, proving very popular with volunteers
                                                        and the community of the Illawarra. The training provides participants
                                                        with skills to identify and record spider webs, and link them to the types of
                                                        spiders occurring on their sites. This information is then posted online. The
                                                        invertebrate surveys and guides are easy to use and allow volunteer
                                                        groups to monitor the outcomes of their own rehabilitation projects.

                                                        The staff at Bugwise actively encourage the community to collect this
                                                        biodversity data from their sites and report back to them on results. They
                                                        are also hoping to build their image collection of invertebrates so take
                                                        your cameras on your next bug survey!

For further information on future BugWise workshops in the Southern Rivers region contact Nikki on (02) 4224 9709 or email

    Australia’s Sustainable
    Seafood Guide
    The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has
    recently produced ‘Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide” for
    those Australians who love their seafood but also love their
    oceans. The guide is a tool to assist people in making
    informed and responsible choices about the seafood they buy
    and cook.

    Guides are available from Australian Marine           Conservation
    Society website

    Erosion Works Completed Along the Murrah River
                                                       Construction    works     to   halt   actively   eroding   river   banks   and
                                                       improve fish habitat along a tidal reach of the Murrah River, downstream of the
                                                       Tathra-Bermagui Road bridge crossing, have recently been completed.

                                                       Jointly funded by the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust Program and
                                                       the NSW Government, the $120,000 project was designed and supervised by
                                                       SRCMA in conjunction with the owner of the property, Mr John Gowing.

                                                       “Prior to construction works, the bank of the river on a bend downstream of the
                                                       bridge was eroding at a much higher rate than natural,” explained SRCMA River
                                                       Rehabilitation Officer Shannon Brennan.

                                                       Advice    obtained    from    the    Department    of    Water     and    Energy’s
                                                       Principal    Geomorphologist,       Dr   David    Outhet,     highlighted       that
                                                       erosion at the site was from a combination of factors including floods eroding the
                                                       toe of the banks, a lack of vegetation on the banks, stock access, bank slumping
                                                       and wave action. These factors also reduced fish habitat along this reach of river.

                                                       Erosion rates on the bend were
                                                       estimated to exceed 20 m over the
                                                       last 50 years.            Without
                                                       intervention, continuing erosion
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                                                       the Murrah River (where the main                Southern Rivers CMA
                                                       river diverts into another channel)
                                                       into a large flood channel draining
                                                       the floodplain nearby. This would      To contribute an article or to receive
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                                                       exacerbated erosion along the
    Barry Lee from Lee’s Excavator Hire placing logs
                                                       flood channel and sent a major
    behind pins for the log wall                                                              Laura Hawes
                                                       slug of sediment into the estuary
                                                                                              Phone: (02) 4224 9707
                                                                                              Fax: (02) 4224 9669
    Construction work involved installation of a log retaining wall and a series of log
    groynes – structures that stick out from the bank perpendicular to flow to deflect
    water away from the bank. Three different types of groyne structures were trialled
    by    SRCMA      to   assess   their   long-term   success    in   treating   bank        Southern Rivers
    erosion and improving fish habitat. Extensive revegetation of the banks using             Catchment Management Authority
    native trees, shrubs, rushes and mangroves was also carried out.                          PO Box 3095
                                                                                              Wollongong NSW 2500
    In addition to SRCMA construction works, Mr Gowing is carrying out fencing and
                                                                                              Phone: 4224 9700
    revegetation of the floodplain adjacent to the river and flood channel to allow further
    stabilisation and improve the long-term health of the stream.
                                                                                              Fax: 4224 9669
     “We are now confident that the health of the lower Murrah River and its estuary are
    well protected and commercial and recreational fishing provided by the Murrah
    estuary will continue into the future” Ms Brennan said.

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