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									        WINGHAM FORESHORE RESERVE - ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST GRANT
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Current Funding
March 2008         $99,100       (2007/SL/0015 Environmental Trust)                 20,000 seedlings
Wingham Reserve Riparian "Stepping Stone" Canopy Consolidation

Current Funding Timeline: March 2008 – December 2009

Project Site
The project site is located on the northern bank of the Manning River at Wingham, adjacent to the
environmentally significant Wingham Brush.

Project Description
The project aims to extend the native vegetation of an environmentally significant area in the
riparian zone of the Manning River at Wingham. It will contribute to the protection of Wingham
Brush Nature Reserve and increase the area of lowland floodplain rainforest along the Manning
River. The first and second stages (funded by Environmental Trust) has involved weed removal
and planting with a species selection representative of the adjacent Wingham Brush Nature
Reserve and the start of a heritage walk to increase community participation. This next proposed
stage is to plant a further 20,000 plants, which will allow canopy consolidation and the removal of
nurse weeds where possible. This project will assist the site in finally becoming self-sustaining.
This project is significant as there is limited public ownership of unique riverfront land in the Taree
LGA, and therefore this project will provide opportunities for the community to participate in a
riparian restoration project. Projects that will of significant benefit as there is limited public
ownership of riverfront land in the Greater Taree LGA, and therefore limited opportunities to
participate in riparian restoration projects that will benefit the community.

Project Objectives
To improve the long term ecological viability of the "stepping stones" - the remnants of lowland
floodplain rainforest - by increasing the amount of vegetation and reducing weed occupation.
Increasing the amount of vegetation will improve the connectivity between the remaining remnants
of lowland floodplain rainforest at Wingham, Bays Hill, Andrew Reserve and Coocumbac Island.
Connection between the remnants is vital for survival of the maternity colony of the Grey-headed
Flying Fox, as well as the 135 species of plants, 100 species of birds and the many mammals and
reptiles found within the Wingham Brush.

Project Outcomes
To improve the long term ecological viability of the "stepping stones" - the remnants of lowland
floodplain rainforest - by increasing the amount of vegetation and reducing weed occupation.
Increasing the amount of vegetation will improve the connectivity between the remaining remnants
of lowland floodplain rainforest at Wingham, Bays Hill, Andrew Reserve and Coocumbac Island.
Connection between the remnants is vital for survival of the maternity colony of the Grey-headed
Flying Fox, as well as the 135 species of plants, 100 species of birds and the many mammals and
reptiles found within the Wingham Brush.

The long term benefits will be the increased amount of native vegetation at Wingham Reserve,
resulting in a buffer to the Wingham Brush which will improve the viability of these rainforest
remnants. Encouraging community participation in regeneration activities of this project will
develop community ownership of the project and ensure the long term maintenance of the site.
This area is so unique that it continues to attract the involvement of other groups and programs
such as; CVA, Greencorps, Parks and Reserves etc. Additional grants will be sought to undertake
project maintenance and/or extension. There may be the opportunity to acquire private lands
adjacent to the site (grazing land), which will increase the area that may be regenerated in the
future.



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Project Methodology
The methodology will be based primarily on the recommendations of local technical expertise and
available publications. The Friends of Wingham Brush includes representatives of government
agencies and bush regenerators; and has extensive scientific / technical experience including 5
years on this location, and a long history in Wingham Brush and elsewhere. Publications such as
the LWRRDC publication "Revegetating Streams in the Manning Catchment: A guide to species
and planting methods" and the Manning Catchment Management Committee publication titled
"Manning Valley Draft Strategic Plan" provided recommendations regarding the rehabilitation of
local riparian zones. Decision-making regarding the methodology of the project involves technical
expertise from a number of professional personnel to ensure that best practice strategies are
implemented for all aspects of the project.

Community Support
Wingham Reserve Steering Committee (2001) were consulted when the Wingham Foreshore
Reserve regeneration project first started. Supporters such as the Friends of Wingham Brush will
continue to be part of consultations. The project has involved other groups eg: Greencorps, Work
for the Dole, Conservation Volunteers Australia, which have to undertaken project maintenance
and extensions of plantings.

GTCC Community Support Program, jointly funded by the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment
Management Authority and Council, will continue to generate community participation in
regeneration activities of this project, which will develop community ownership of the project and
ensure the long-term maintenance of the site. GTCC will continue to undertake noxious weed
control and park maintenance where required i.e. mowing around regeneration areas and pathway
maintenance. Friends of Wingham Brush will provide project support and technical advice.

The objectives and strategies of the soon to be adopted Wingham Foreshore Recreational
Reserve Draft Plan Of Management compliment the objectives of the project and are supported by
various community groups.

The project site is currently not open to the general public. The works to be undertaken (weed
control, revegetation, planting) will encourage community use (passive recreation) of the area. The
project will enhance the Wingham townsite urban environment. Adjacent neighbours should
appreciate weed control activities that will minimise fire hazard risks and regeneration activities that
will improve the appearance of the site.

Letters of support were received from NSW National Parks and wildlife Service, Department of
Lands, and Hunter-Central River Catchment Management Authority, taking the view that the
Wingham Foreshore Reserve forms an important buffer to the Wingham Brush Nature Reserve
(the Brush) and compliments the ongoing rainforest and weed management work in the Brush, and
the effective control of a number of weed species that have the potenetial to re-invade the Brush.

Project Innovations
In addition to using proven techniques for weed control and revegetation in the Manning Valley,
this project will continue to utilise ‘nurse’ weeds which provide shelter and protection for tubestock.
To date the success of this method in establishing seedlings is evident compared with other areas
of the site where ‘nurse’ needs were not used. It is understood that this method was first used
locally in the regeneration of Wingham Brush. During this proposed phase of the project work will
involve removing some of these nurse weeds were it is thought that they are no longer required
and the plants will be monitored to see if they survive once the nurse weeds are removed. This
method may become a very effective method in regeneration projects in the future.




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Activities during 1st Year
        Employment of Bush Regenerators
        Tender Process and ordering of tube stock
        Seed collection (ongoing)
        Plant propagation
        Site preparation for planting, includes weeding
        Planting of tube stock 10,000
        Submit progress report

Activities during 2nd Year
        Seed Collection (ongoing)
        Plant propogation
        Site preparation for planting, includes weeding
        Planting of tube stock 10,000
        Removal of nurse weeds where possible
        Site maintenance
        Submit project final report


Previous Funding Received
October 2007         $17,000      (CAE06003 Natural Heritage Trust)           4,000 seedlings
Wingham Reserve Restoration Project - Variation to Coast and Estuary Works Project
December 2006        $15,000      (CAE06003 Natural Heritage Trust)          2,000 seedlings
Wingham Reserve Restoration Project – Coast and Estuary Works Project
March 2005           $99,870      (2004/SL/2005 Environmental Trust)         10,000 seedlings
Wingham Reserve Riparian "Stepping Stone" Restoration
March 2001           $99,940      (2000/SL/G0005 Environmental Trust)        10,000 seedlings
Restoration of Wingham Brush Riparian Vegetation

Other Groups
Green Corps and Green Reserve have also been involved, both on two occasions, in the
restoration work of Wingham Foreshore Reserve. These involvements also represent significant
financial contributions.




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